Hot-shooting Cowboys rope Bobcats

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Wyoming broke open a close game by shooting 81.3 percent in the second half, cruising past Montana State 79-54 on Saturday.

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The Bobcats trailed just 37-32 at halftime and led 17 minutes into the opening period, but Wyoming opened the second half with a 16-3 run to take control of the game. Nathan Sobey scored seven of his 11 points in that run for Wyoming, while the Bobcats were 1-for-10 with four turnovers to open the second half.

“They were really disciplined and shot the heck out of the ball,” MSU coach Brad Huse said on the Bobcat Radio Network of Wyoming’s second half. “They shot 81 percent in the second half, I don’t think I’ve ever been a part of anything like that. Part of it is they were dunking the ball a lot. They hurt us with threes in the first half, and in the second half they really got to the rim.”

Wyoming shot 13-for-16 in the second half, while the Bobcats were 9-for-29. The Cowboys also shot 27 free throws on Saturday, making 19, while MSU was 6-for-10 from the line.

“We were moving the ball well, knocking down the shots that came our way,” Huse said of MSU’s first half. The Bobcats were 12-for-21 from the floor before the intermission, 5-for-8 from the arc. “At the start of the second half our defense was very average, and their offense was above average. It’s frustrating, but we’ll learn from it.”

Three Bobcats – Paul Egwuonwu, Michael Dison and Terrell Brown – scored nine points each, although no Bobcat cracked double figures. Riley Grabau scored 19 to lead four Cowboys in double-digits.

MSU falls to 2-5 on the season, while the Cowboys are 5-2. The Bobcats host Walla Walla next Saturday at 7 p.m.

 — MSU Sports Information

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