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UW collects MWC win over San Jose

Jan 20, 2014 - From staff reports

LARAMIE -- Junior forward Larry Nance Jr. notched his second-straight double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds to power the University of Wyoming men's basketball team to a 67-56 Mountain West win over San Jose State on Saturday afternoon in the Arena-Auditorium. The Pokes (11-6, 2-2 MW) improved to 9-1 this season when leading at halftime and 6-0 when holding opponents under 60 points.

"Cowboy Tough today," UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. "We are a tough, physical team that has stayed close with a lot of really good teams this year. We couldn't pull away until the end of this game, but I thought our defense really helped us down the stretch. We gave up a few too many offensive rebounds those last few minutes, but I really feel good about this team."

Wyoming was in front by nine at halftime and kept the advantage the majority of the second half, until the Spartans (6-12, 0-6 MW) pulled within four at 52-48 with 8:31 left in the game. The Cowboys responded with a 12-2 surge over the next six minutes to build a 14-point lead at 64-50 with 2:30 to go. Redshirt junior guard Charles Hankerson Jr. started the run with a three and sophomore guard Josh Adams brought the Cowboy fans to their feet with a fast-break dunk after a Nance block. UW added four-straight free throws and Nance capped the spurt with a three-point play on a dunk that he was fouled on.

"Our guys have been a picture of consistency all year," Shyatt said. "We haven't been able to pull away from some of the weaker teams in the non-conference or teams that are equal to us, but the elite teams have not been able to pull away from us.

The grind-out mentality that our team has to bend down and guard as best we can on defense keeps us alive almost every night -- home or away."

Nance's seventh double-double this season came on 6-of-8 from the field and 6-of-6 at the free throw line, as he added five blocks, two steals and two assists in 40 minutes of action.

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