Jan. 12, 2004
Laramie, Wyo. -- The shooting of David Adams and a 15-point second-half deficit were too much to overcome as the Wyoming Cowboys handed the New Mexico Lobos an 82-77 loss in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams.
New Mexico, which dropped its 20th straight road game, falls to 9-5 overall and 0-1 in the MWC. Wyoming improves to 8-6 and 1-0. UNM allowed its highest point total of the season.
Adams hit three 3s in the first six minutes of the second half, staking the Cowboys to a 57-42 lead. Adams made his first six 3s and finished with 24 points.
The Lobos battled back to cut the deficit to 61-57 on a 3-pointer by freshman guard Lenny Miles, who scored all eight of his points after halftime. The Cowboys pushed the margin back to 69-59, but a Troy DeVries 3-pointer capped a 9-2 Lobo run and trimmed the Wyoming lead to just three at 71-68 with 4:47 remaining.
Lobo junior Danny Granger canned a 3-pointer with 17.4 seconds left to make it 77-75 in the Cowboys' favor, but junior guard Jay Straight converted five of six free throws down the stretch to seal the win for Wyoming.
Granger had a monster game for the Lobos with a season-high 30 points and 14 rebounds. Alfred Neale added 14 for UNM.
The Lobos shot 53% (27-51) for the game, including 59% (16-27) in the second half. UNM had been 6-0 this season when shooting 50% or better. The Cowboys were even better, though, making 67% (10-15) of their shots after halftime and 55% (27-49) for the game, tying for the best by a Lobo opponent this year. Portland also made 27 of 49 in a 77-71 win in The Pit.
New Mexico was just 16 of 26 (61.5%) from the free-throw line, and it missed 4 of 6 in the final six minutes, including the front end of two one-and-ones.