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UW drops game at DU

Dec 17, 2013 - From staff reports

Junior forward Larry Nance Jr. posted a career-high 38 points and added a season-high 12 rebounds, but the University of Wyoming men's basketball team dropped a close 64-61 contest at Denver on Sunday afternoon in Magness Arena. Nance posted the most points by a Cowboy since 2005, but the Pioneers (4-5) made a jumper with three seconds left for the final margin.

The Cowboys (7-3) trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half, before battling back with a 14-4 run to tie the contest at 49-49 with 9:16 to go. The Pokes and Pioneers would be tied five times down the stretch, before DU's Brett Olson hit a jumper with three seconds left and was fouled. He sank the free throw to put Denver up three and UW stepped on the sideline on their ensuing possession to turn the ball over and end the game. The home team has won the last 12 meetings between the Pokes and Pioneers.

Nance's performance was one for the ages, as he finished just two points shy of UW's single-game top-10 list. His 38 points were the most since Jay Straight scored 41 at Colorado State on Feb. 26, 2005. He knocked down a career-high 15 field goals on 21 attempts and went 8-of-8 at the free throw line, as 23 of his points came in the second half. He added the 12 boards to go with two steals and an assist. Wyoming shot 44 percent (22-of-50) from the field, but hit a season-low one of its 10 three-point attempts and allowed Denver to shoot a season-high 52 percent (24-of-46).

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