Wyoming Sweeps Border War [VIDEOS]
It was a wonderful Saturday for Wyoming basketball, as both the Cowboys and Cowgirls beat Colorado State on the basketball court.
Justin James had a career-high 36 points and led Wyoming to a wire-to-wire victory over the Rams 74-66 in Laramie Saturday. James was 10-14 from the field, which included a career-best five 3-pointers on six attempts. He also went 11-12 at the foul line. James added seven assists and six rebounds. He had a hand in 74 percent of the Cowboys’ scoring in the game. James passed Reggie Slater and Josh Adams, as he moved into fifth place on UW’s all-time scoring list with 1,829 career points.
Wyoming (6-17, 2-8) jumped out to an 8-0 lead. They expanded it to 17-4 less than five minutes into the game. The Pokes began the game 7-for-7 from beyond the arc and had a 27-13 lead midway through the first half. It was 37-22 at the break.
Colorado State (9-15, 4-7) made a couple of charges in the second half. The Rams cut it to 45-36 with just under 13 minutes remaining. Then, CSU went on a 13-3 run and got within 48-41 with 11:39 left.
Hunter Thompson knocked down a three for UW that pushed it back to double figures. An 8-0 run by James gave the Cowboys a 62-45 cushion with under seven minutes remaining. Free throws closed it out for Wyoming.
The Pokes shot 48 percent from the field. They went 13-23, a season-high 54 percent from deep.
The Rams shot 42 percent for the game. They were led by J.D. Paige with 22 points.
Wyoming heads to Logan, UT to face the Utah State Aggies Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Cowgirls had similar success in Fort Collins Saturday afternoon. They led wire-to-wire in a 60-49 victory at Moby Arena.
Marta Gomez scored 20 points and Bailee Cotton added 12 points and seven rebounds to lead UW to its fifth straight win.
Wyoming (14-5, 7-3) jumped out to an 8-0 lead. They held a 16-4 advantage after the first quarter. Despite a slow second that saw UW only score seven points, the Cowgirls still had a 23-14 halftime lead.
In the second half, Wyoming pushed their lead to 37-18 midway through the third. A three by Tereza Vitulova at the 4:25 mark of the fourth quarter put the Cowgirls up 52-38. The Rams trimmed it to 56-47 with less than a minute left. Free throws by UW finished off the 11-point victory.
Wyoming shot 48 percent from the floor. They went 8-15, 53 percent, from deep.
Colorado State (8-14, 2-9) shot only 38 percent for the game. They were just 3-13 (23%) from 3-point range. Liah Davis led the Rams with 21 points.
The Cowgirls will host Utah State Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. from the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie.