Rough Second Half Plagues Cowboys in Loss at Air Force
The Wyoming Cowboys let a 14-point lead slip away and lost at Air Force to the Falcons Tuesday night. The final score was 70-62.
Head coach Larry Shyatt said,
“We got an early lead, but we got too comfortable, and once the avalanche hit, and we started to miss shots, we couldn’t turn it.”
Wyoming was ahead 48-41 with just under 12 minutes left. They made only three field goals the rest of the game. The Pokes shot 28.6 percent, 6-of-21, in the second half. In fact, the Cowboys went scoreless for more than four minutes.
Air Force capitalized and built a 63-54 lead with three minutes left. The Falcons hit free throws to seal the victory.
Wyoming (11-13, 4-7) was led by Josh Adams with 20 points. Jason McManamen added 17. UW shot 42.6 percent in the game. They committed 13 turnovers, nine in the second half, and were called for a season-high 28 fouls.
Air Force (11-12, 2-8) snapped their eight game losing streak. Hayden Graham led four Falcons in double figures with a game-high 23 points. They shot 52.3 percent from the floor and out-scored UW 28-to-18 on points in the paint.
The Pokes controlled most of the first half. They surged to a 10-point lead in the first seven minutes. After Air Force rallied within four, Wyoming pushed their advantage to 14 on a Jeremy Lieberman three-pointer with 1:18 left in the half. Air Force scored the final seven, which included a shot by Graham from just beyond half-court at the buzzer. It was 36-29 UW at the break.
The Cowboys will try to bounce back Saturday when they host Utah State. Tip-off at the Arena-Auditorium is at 4 p.m.