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Cowboys renew Colorado State series Saturday

Feb 1, 2013 - From staff reports

The University of Wyoming men's basketball team renews the historic Border War on Saturday, as the Pokes square off with Colorado State at 5 p.m. in Moby Arena.

The Cowboys (15-5, 2-4 MW) allow just 54 points per game for one of the top defenses in the Mountain West, while the Rams (17-4, 4-2 MW) are one of the top rebounding teams in the NCAA and have won 25-straight games in Moby.

The Cowboys fell to 15-5 overall and 2-5 in the MW after a close 63-59 loss to No. 20/22 New Mexico on Wednesday and currently sit eighth in the conference standings. The Pokes trailed by six with 1:53 to go, but battled back to tie the contest at 59-59 with 15 seconds left. UNM made a jumper to retake the lead, but Wyoming committed a turnover on the ensuing possession to give the ball back to the Lobos.

UNM hit two free throws with seven seconds left to ice the game. Wyoming connected on a season-high 12 threes, but has lost two-straight home games for the first time under third-year head coach Larry Shyatt. The Pokes entered the week ranked first in the league and fifth nationally in scoring defense, allowing 54.8 points per game. UW's opponents shoot 40 percent from the field and 33 percent from three.

Offensively, the Cowboys score 63.0 points per game on 44 percent from the field and 33 percent beyond the arc. UW's 6.9 threes per game are third in the MW, but the Pokes rank eighth in the MW in scoring offense.

Wyoming has scored more than 60 in one conference game. UW's plus 2.6 turnover margin is second in the conference.

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