Pokes come up just short to New Mexico

Jan 31, 2013 The Associated Press

The 3-point shooting was there for the University of Wyoming men's basketball team.

But it wasn't enough.

The Cowboys matched a season-high with 12 3s, but made only eight other baskets and had some critical mistakes late in a 63-59 loss to No. 20 New Mexico in front of 5,376 fans Wednesday night at the Arena-Auditorium.

UW (15-5 overall, 2-5 Mountain West) lost its third straight, and also lost back-to-back home games for the first time in coach Larry Shyatt's two-plus seasons.

New Mexico (18-3, 5-1) remained in first place in the conference with its fourth straight win over the Cowboys and eighth in the last 10 games.

Sophomore guard Hugh Greenwood made the game-winning basket with 9 seconds to play coming off a UW press. The Cowboys tied the game for the fourth time with 15 second to go on a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Riley Grabau. The Cowboys trailed 52-43 with 6 minutes, 44 seconds to play.

"We had communication and Greenwood came up big. That's how games are won," UW coach Larry Shyatt said.

On UW's next possession, senior forward Leonard Washington over threw sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr., on the other end of the court. Greenwood hit two free throws after that to secure the victory.

"Our process was to give Riley a double (screen)," Shyatt said. "If we can't get the ball to Riley near half court, throw it to Larry. We practiced that pass. I know Larry could out jump their interior player, we just didn't connect."

With 35 seconds to play and UW down 59-56, Washington shot an airball. Grabau still was able to tie the game after senior point guard Derrious Gilmore missed a jumper, but sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr., kept the ball alive.

Even though the Cowboys made 12 3-pointers and their 54.5 percent from behind the arch was their second-best of the season, they couldn't do much else against the Lobos man-to-man defense.

New Mexico started a big lineup with 7-foot center Alex Kirk, 6-9 forward Cameron Bairstow and 6-7 wing Tony Snell.

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