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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