Cowboys Dropped By Middle Tennessee 76-63

Jan 9, 2004

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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.

Jay Straight led Wyoming with 18 points and Mory Correa had 11 rebounds andeight points. The Cowboys shot just 33 percent from the field and committed 19turnovers.

Steven Jackson scored 12 points for the Blue Raiders, while Mike Dean added10. Middle Tennessee shot 48 percent for the game.