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Cowboys get hot to beat Nevada to end MWC losing streak
Feb 14, 2013 - The Associated Press
It was what many have waited a while to see from the University of Wyoming men's basketball team.
Good defense, solid offense, some spectacular plays and a UW victory.
Despite being somewhat subdued most of the game, the 4,903 fans in attendance Wednesday night saw that from the Cowboys as they defeated Nevada 68-48 at the Arena-Auditorium.
Senior forward Leonard Washington recorded his 10th double-double of the season and 16th of his career with 16 points and 12 rebounds. He also tied a career-high with five steals, and blocked three shots.
Three UW players scored in double figures and eight players scored in the game. The Cowboys shot 53.5 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. Both teams emptied their benches in the final minutes as UW led by as many as 23 in the second half.
UW (17-7 overall, 3-7 Mountain West) snapped a five-game conference losing streak and scored its most points in a league game this season. It averaged 52.8 points per game during its conference losing streak, and 53.1 in league play overall.
The Cowboys' previous high in a conference game was 61, which they had in this game with a little more than six minutes to play.
"It is always good to get a win under your belt to boost your confidence," Washington said. "I do think we needed that as a team. I think that is going to spark us to continue the rest of conference play." The win moved UW out of the bottom two spots in the conference standings and the play-in game at next month's Mountain West Tournament -- at least for now. Nevada (12-12, 3-7) has the same conference record as UW, but the Cowboys own the tie-breaker based on their regular-season sweep of the Wolf Pack.
The Cowboys can go a long way to stay out of those bottom two spots when they host last-place Fresno State (8-15, 2-8) at 2 p.m.
UW held Nevada to 48 points in both of its victories this season.
The two teams attempted the same number of shots (43) in this game, but the Cowboys made four more 3-pointers and eight more free throws.
UW had 11 steals, the second-most in a game this season, and forced 16 turnovers.
The Cowboys also outrebounded the Wolf Pack 27-23 and had a 5-4 edge on the offensive glass.
Cowgirls win on road
University of Wyoming senior forward Chaundra Sewell could tell early in Wednesday's game at Nevada that it would be different than the first meeting between the two teams.
A month ago, the Cowgirls routed the Wolf Pack 92-41 at the Arena-Auditorium.
The game was 50 points closer on Wednesday, but the outcome was the same: a win for the Cowgirls.
Sewell scored 12 of her team-high 16 points in the second half, including two free throws with 21 seconds left to give the Cowgirls the lead for good in a 66-65 win over the Wolf Pack.
Wyoming (19-4 overall, 8-2 Mountain West) remains in a second-place tie in the conference with Fresno State, who also snuck out a 51-50 win at New Mexico Wednesday. The two teams are one game behind league-leader San Diego State and will meet at 3 p.m. Saturday for sole possession of second place.
Wyoming actually had the look of making this one a blowout early, leading 21-9 less than seven minutes into the game.