Jan. 8, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Chris Davis' career-best performance kept North Texas in a close game with Wyoming until Anthony Blakes tightened his defense on the 6-foot-6 redshirt freshman.
As Davis cooled off, Wyoming (10-4) heated up and broke away for a 100-85 victory on Saturday.
``At halftime, Coach came and talked to me about not getting off of him, staying on him, making sure he doesn't catch the ball,'' said Blakes, one of a trio of Cowboys to score at least 20 points.
``And I tried my hardest, came off a lot of screens, ran into a lot of screens.'' Blakes said. ``He still got a couple shots off but I don't think he was as effective as his first half.''
Davis led North Texas (2-9) with 35, which tied for the fifth-best scoring performance in the 18-year history of the Arena-Auditorium. However, he scored only 11 after intermission.
It was the fourth straight win for Wyoming, but the Cowboys did not take the lead for good until Chris McMillian drained two free throws with 8:51 remaining.
Josh Davis led the Cowboys with 22 points and 12 rebounds, his sixth double-double of the season. LeDarion Jones scored 21, while Blakes added 20.
McMillian had 13 and Brett McFall scored 10 for the Cowboys, who allowed only 12 points in the last 9:50.
In addition to Chris Davis' 35, Jason Miller scored 13 and Sam Funches had 12 for the Mean Green, who led 44-42 at halftime.
``We finally guarded somebody in the second half,'' Wyoming coach Steve McClain said. ``We played a little harder and that got the crowd excited and we got some steals, got some easy baskets, then finally got going.''
Early shots that barely rimmed out and missed layups by the Cowboys kept the Mean Green close, McClain said.
``You like to sit and talk about a game afterwards that you didn't play real good and you win by 15,'' he said. ``I'll take a lot of those the rest of the year.''
North Texas took its biggest lead at 65-60 with 13:44 left after a 7-0 run that included a 3-point play by Davis, a layup by Kenneth Mangrum and a short jumper by Brandon Gilbert.
North Texas led 73-70 before Wyoming went on a game-turning 16-4 run. Blakes scored six during the stretch and the Cowboys finally wore down the Mean Green with their uptempo game.
Wyoming will wrap up the pre-Mountain West Conference portion of its schedule Monday at Wichita State.