Cowboys Slip Past Aztecs In MWC Opener, 66-65

Jan. 3, 2007

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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- James Spencer scored 22 points and hit a 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left to lift Wyoming to a 66-65 win over San Diego State on Wednesday.

San Diego State took a 65-61 lead on Brandon Heath's running jumper in the lane with 51.8 seconds left. Wyoming countered with a basket by Brandon Ewing with 30.7 seconds remaining.

But Heath, who earlier had become San Diego State's career scoring leader, missed a free throw with 22.7 seconds to set up Spencer's game-winning shot.

Wyoming (10-5, 1-0 Mountain West), which broke a two-game losing streak, has split its last four games by a total of seven points. Coach Steve McClain recorded his 150th career win in his ninth season at Wyoming.

Heath led San Diego State (11-4, 0-1) with 26 points and surpassed Michael Cage's school-record 1,846 career points with a driving basket at the 12:30 mark of the second half. Heath, already the Mountain West Conference's career scoring leader, scored in double figures for the 40th straight game and has 1,856 points.

Daaron Brown and Ewing each scored 19 points for the Cowboys, who outrebounded San Diego State 43-35.