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Cowboys return home

Feb 13, 2013 - The Associated Press

The Cowboys are back home, and not a moment too soon.

After spending the last 11 days playing three road games -- a rarity once conference play starts -- the University of Wyoming Cowboys return to the friendly confines of the Arena-Auditorium for two home games.

The homestand starts at 7 tonight when UW hosts Nevada. And the Cowboys hope some home cooking will jumpstart the team back into the thick of the Mountain West.

The Cowboys (16-7 overall, 2-7 MW) have lost five straight conference games following their emotional win over then-No. 15 San Diego State on Jan. 19. The only win in that span was a nonconference victory over Cal State Bakersfield last Wednesday.

"It's good be back in town," UW coach Larry Shyatt said. "We had a stretch of three road games in a row. I thought our guys collected themselves pretty well and played pretty well in some tough environments."

The Cowboys are coming off a 68-61 loss at Boise State on Saturday. Wyoming played without starting sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr., who missed the game with a sprained right wrist.

Shyatt said Monday that Nance was day-to- day with the injury, but the 6-foot-8 forward did practice Monday with the wrist taped.

"The biggest shifts and the biggest adjustments (without Nance) come from the defensive end because certainly we're not going to rely on terrific or new-found offense to change the complexion of these games," Shyatt said. "We have to rely on doing what we do best, and that's guard.

"I'm far more interested in what we do best and how we can continue to do what we do best."

One thing the Cowboys have done is beat Nevada already this season.

Wyoming won 59-48 in Reno, Nev., on Jan. 12 in a game UW won as much with its defense as with its offense.

The Cowboys limited the Wolf Pack (12-11, 3-6 MW) to 29 percent shooting from the field (18 of 62), and Nevada made just 1 of 15 3-point attempts.

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