Jan 9, 2004
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Bryan Smithson scored 22 points and Tommy Gunnadded 20 as Middle Tennessee beat Wyoming 76-63 Thursday night in anonconference game.
The Blue Raiders (8-5) broke open a close game midway through the secondhalf, going on a 16-2 run capped by a Gunn layup to take a 53-38 lead.
The Cowboys (7-6) never got closer than nine at 68-59 with 54 seconds leftafter a 3-pointer by David Adams.
Middle Tennessee jumped out to an early lead in the first half beforeWyoming fought back, eventually tying the game 20-20 with 4:02 left on a jumpshot by Mikel Watson.
The Cowboys led 30-28 at the half.
Steven Jackson scored 12 points for the Blue Raiders, while Mike Dean added10. Middle Tennessee shot 48 percent for the game.