Redshirt junior forward Leonard Washington scored eight of the University of Wyoming’s final 15 points, including a go-ahead layup with 34 seconds left, to give the Cowboys a hard-fought 76-70 win over Utah Valley on Tuesday night in the UCCU Center in Orem, UT. Washington was one of four Cowboys to reach double figures, as UW (13-2) earned its second-straight road win and became the last team in the nation to allow an opponent more than 60 points.The Cowboys led the Wolverines (7-10) by as many as nine points in the second half, but UVU used an 18-8 run late to retake a 70-69 lead with 1:52 left. Washington converted his layup and drew a charge on the ensuing Utah Valley possession with 10 seconds left to put Wyoming in control. Senior center Adam Waddell, redshirt junior guard Luke Martinez and Washington hit free throws to seal the game.”Our coaching staff really did anticipate a very difficult road game tonight,” UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. “We felt like it was going to be that type of game. It was disappointing for the first 30 minutes or so, but I’m very proud of these guys for the way they finished.”Senior guard Francisco Cruz paced UW with 21 points, including 17 in the first half, while Martinez scored 17, Washington tallied 14 and Waddell added 10. Senior guard JayDee Luster had nine points and a team-high five rebounds, while his two assists moved him into ninth on UW’s top-10 career list with 276. Luster and Martinez notched home three treys each, while Martinez connected on four during a night that saw the Cowboys shoot 45 percent (11-of-24) beyond the arc. Wyoming hit 50 percent (24-of-48) from the floor and held a 16-12 advantage in assists, but UVU notched a UW opponent season-high 46 percent (23-of-49) from the floor. UVU outrebounded UW 32-21.
“During the last three timeouts, we talked about how there was going to be a winner and loser each possession,” Shyatt said. “We stayed on the floor, did a great job defensively and got the rebounds we needed to get. We ended like we needed to end and got a road win when we needed to.”