Pokes lose close 63-59 game to No. 20/22 Lobos at Double-A; Cowgirls earn big win in Albuquerque

(Laramie, Wyo. ) – Senior guard Derrious Gilmore posted 15 points to help the University of Wyoming men’s basketball team tie No. 20/22 New Mexico with 22 seconds left, but the Lobos made their last shot and hit two free throws to earn a hard-fought 63-59 win on Wednesday night in the Arena-Auditorium. The Cowboys (15-5, 2-5 MW) have now lost two-straight home games for the first time under third-year head coach Larry Shyatt.

“We are of course very disappointed,” Shyatt said. “I thought our guys played their hearts out.  There’s no such thing as ‘way to gos’ or moral victories.  We made some shots tonight, which was good to see.  We really couldn’t get the stops we needed down the stretch.”

After trailing by six points with 1:53 to go in the game, the Pokes battled back to tie the contest at 59-59 with just 15 seconds left on threes from freshman guard Josh Adams and sophomore guard Riley Grabau. The Lobos (18-3, 5-1 MW) made a jumper with nine seconds to go to retake the lead, as Wyoming couldn’t convert on its final possession and UNM made two free throws with seven seconds left to ice the game.

UW Head Coach Larry Shyatt (UW)

UW Head Coach Larry Shyatt (UW)

“Despite the good things we did tonight, the disappointment lies in the final score,” Shyatt said. “I’ve never had a problem with our guys and the effort they’ve given and the way they play together.  But they do keep score and this is a disappointment because we had it tied at 59 with 15 seconds to go. It’s a big disappointment right now, but we’ll come back. Like I’ve said before, I’m amazed at how our guys bounce back, and I’m pleased with their effort again.”

Gilmore’s team-high 15 points came on 5-of-7 beyond the arc, while Grabau and senior forward Leonard Washington both contributed 11 points. Grabau added three assists and Washington had six rebounds and two blocks. Gilmore, Grabau and Adams combined to go 50 percent (12-of-24) from the floor and 66 percent (10-of-15) beyond the arc.

After struggling offensively in their last game, the Cowboys connected on 41 percent (20-of-49) from the field and tied a season-high in three-point makes with 12 on 54 percent (12-of-22) from deep. UW earned a 4-1 advantage in blocks and 6-5 in assists, but was outrebounded 35-23.

Gilmore started the game with a bang for Wyoming, as he nailed a trey, but the Pokes and Lobos would exchange the lead four times over the first half with three ties. Adams extended the lead to five, but New Mexico responded with a 12-0 run to go up by seven at the 12:26 mark. Gilmore broke the spurt with another three, as the Cowboys climbed to within one at 15-14 with 6:24 left in the half. Grabau, Adams and Gilmore all added treys over the next three minutes and a deep one from sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr. put Wyoming back in front 23-22 with 2:21 to go. UNM quickly retook the lead, but a three from Grabau at the buzzer sent UW into halftime up 28-27.

The Pokes shot 41 percent (9-of-22) from the field and a whopping 70 percent (7-of-10) beyond the arc to 42 percent (11-of-26) and just one three (1-of-4) for New Mexico. The Lobos earned a 19-10 advantage on the boards, but UW was up 4-0 in blocks and 4-2 in steals. Gilmore posted nine points in the first half and Grabau added six, as the two combined for five treys.

The Lobos quickly retook the lead, as New Mexico started the second half hot with an 8-2 run. UNM kept the advantage around six through the middle minutes, despite six-straight points from Washington, until extending it to nine with 6:42 to go. Gilmore hit a three to spark the Pokes and they battled back to tie the contest on a trey from Grabau at 59-59 with 22 seconds left. The Lobos hit a jumper on the ensuing possession, though, to retake the lead with seven seconds to go. Washington attempted a full-court pass on Wyoming’s next possession, but it sailed out of bounds and the Lobos hit two free throws to seal the game.

Wyoming continues its season at Colorado State on Saturday at 5 p.m. MT.

Cowgirl basketball wins by 18, 72-54, over New Mexico in The Pit

(Albuquerque, NM) – Behind a strong shooting second half, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (16-4 overall, 5-2 MW) defeated the New Mexico Lobos (10-9 overall, 2-4 MW) by the final of 72-54 in Albuquerque on Wednesday night.

“It was a tremendous effort tonight by a number of players,” said head coach Joe Legerski. “Chaundra, Kayla and Kaitlyn had huge games. In a game of this magnitude you need a team to find a way to win. We had big plays by several players. Our bench gave us a big lift tonight with 12 points.”

Kaitlyn Mileto scored 18 for the Cowgirls in the win over New Mexico. (UW)

Kaitlyn Mileto scored 18 for the Cowgirls in the win over New Mexico. (UW)

Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by sophomore Kayla Woodward. She finished with a game high 20 points along with seven rebounds. Kaitlyn Mileto followed up her career high night with 18 points and two assists, while Chaundra Sewell recorded her seventh double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Wyoming would shoot 26-64 (.406) for the game and 15-30 in the second half. They out rebounded the Lobos, 50-35, and had 17 points off turnovers.

New Mexico was led by Deeva Vaughn with 13 points and seven rebounds. She was followed by Sara Halasz with 12 points and six rebounds. They shot 24-67 (.358) from the field and 2-8 (.250) from beyond the arc.

The two teams combined for six points in the first minute of the game and then went cold. Finally a basket from Aubry Boehme evened it up at four all through the first media timeout. Kayla Woodward hit a shot to give the Cowgirls their first lead of the game, 6-4. Antiesha Brown scored on the next possession for New Mexico to tie the score and then each team traded baskets over the next several minutes as it remained eight all with 13 minutes remaining in the half. Out of the break, the Lobos scored four of the next five to give them a 12-9 advantage. Started by two free throws by Chaundra Sewell, Wyoming would go on a 7-2 run to give them the lead back 16-14. Sara Halasz would hit a couple of free throws to end a three minute drought for the Lobos followed by a three-point field by Deeva Vaughn gave UNM a 19-16 lead. The Cowgirls would respond by scoring the next 13 straight to give them a double-figure lead, 29-19. The Lobos would score three points in the final minute, but Wyoming still took a 29-22 lead into the locker room.

Sewell led all scorers with 11 points and seven rebounds. Kayla Woodward followed seven points while Chelan Landryadded four. Wyoming shot 11-34 (.324) from the field and out rebounded the Lobos 29-16. New Mexico was led by Sara Halasz with seven points while Antiesha Brown recorded six. They were 9-32 (.281) from the field.

The scoring was back and forth through the first couple minutes of the second half as the Cowgirls continued to lead 34-28. A three-point play by Mileto and basket by Sewell extended the lead back to nine, 39-30, with 15:57 left in the game. After a UNM timeout, Caroline Durbin hit a three to cut into the lead, 39-33. Wyoming responded with a 5-0 to give them a double-figure advantage, 44-33. Shumpert scored for the Lobos the next time down the court, but the Cowgirls scored 9 of the next 13 making the score 53-37 with 11 minutes left in the game. New Mexico continued to battle back as they scored six straight to cut into the lead, 53-43. An Ashley Sickles basket and free throws from Mileto would end the Wyoming scoring drought to make it 57-43. The Lobos would come back with a 9-3 run pull to within eight, 60-52, with 5:35 remaining. Fallon Lewis hit a basket and a pair of free throws to stop the run and put the Cowgirls up 64-52 with 4:06 on the clock. The two teams combined for ten points in the final minutes of the game as they defeated the Lobos 72-54.

Wyoming will begin a two-game home stretch on Saturday, Feb. 2, as they host the Colorado State Rams. The game is set to tip at 2:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium. Live stats can be followed on www.gowyo.com

–UW Sports Information