Road Woes Continue, Pokes Drop 2nd in 3 Games

A big second half from Wichita State was too much for Wyoming to handle on Saturday night. The Cowboys got no points from their bench and lost their second road contest in the last three games, dropping to .500 on the season.

Brad Jones scored 22 points, including hitting 3-of-3 from three-point range, but Wichita State outscored Wyoming by 11 points in the second half to hand the Cowboys a 75-63 loss in Wichita on Saturday.

It marked the second road loss in three tries for the Pokes, who are now 2-2 on the season. They return home to face Arkansas-Pine Bluff tomorrow at 9 p.m. (MST) in the Arena Auditorium.

WSU (3-2 overall) got 17 points from Matt Braeuer who finished 4-of-6 from beyond the three-point line. PJ Couisnard added 14 points, a game-high 14 rebounds and a team-high five assists for the Shockers, and Ramon Clemente scored 12 points.

The Cowboys pulled within 51-47 with 9:26 remaining on two free throws from Brandon Ewing, who finished with 10 points and a game-high six assists. But a three-pointer from Braeuer—his third of the night–on the Shockers' next possession put WSU up 54-47, and the Cowboys would never get closer than five points down the rest of the way.

Travis Nelson scored 12 points for Wyoming on 6-of-9 shooting. Ryan Dermody added 10 points, and Joseph Taylor scored nine points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

A three-pointer from Ewing gave the Cowboys an early 3-0 lead, and two free throws from Jones with 12:02 remaining in the first half capped off a 10-4 Wyoming run to open the game.

Wichita State answered with 16 of the next 18 points to take a 20-12 lead with 7:48 remaining before halftime.

The Cowboys went on a 17-9 run to tie the score at 29 with 2:28 on the clock, and after four straight points from the Shockers, Jones' three-pointer as time expired pulled Wyoming within 33-32 at the break.

Taylor scored four straight points to open the second half as Wyoming jumped out to a 36-33 lead with 18:45 remaining, but the Shockers responded with a 15-5 run to lead 48-41 with 12:16 to go.

The Shockers dominated down low, out-rebounding the Cowboys 37-25 and scoring 13 more points in the paint.

Wyoming's bench was held scoreless on the night, going 0-of-5 from the field in 41 combined minutes. After giving up five three-pointers on 13 attempts in the first half, Wichita State held Wyoming to 0-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc in the second half.

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