Wyoming Skates Past New Mexico, 79-67

Jan 26, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Donta Richardson scored 22 points and Uche Nsonwu-Amadiadded 20 points and 11 rebounds in leading Wyoming past New Mexico 79-67Saturday.

The Cowboys (13-4, 4-0 Mountain West) have won four straight and eight oftheir last nine.

Wyoming trailed 36-31 at the half and fell behind 42-35 early in the secondhalf before going on a 16-0 run to go up 51-42 at the 11:54 mark. Richardsonhad two 3-pointers to lead the run.

New Mexico pulled within 65-61 with 4:53 left, but Richardson answered withanother 3-pointer, his sixth of the game, to end the threat. Wyoming pulledahead behind a stingy defense and good free throw shooting.

Marcus Bailey contributed 13 points and Josh Davis 11 for the Cowboys.

New Mexico was led by 20 points and nine rebounds from Ruben Douglas. EricChatfield added 18 points.

The Lobos (12-6, 2-2) went through a tumultuous week leading up to the game.Junior point guard Marlon Parmer, a preseason all-MWC selection, quit the teamTuesday amid a war of words with head coach Fran Fraschilla.

Parmer, who was averaging 12.8 points a game, accused Fraschilla of verbalabuse and of making him a scapegoat for the team. For his part, Fraschilla saidlosing Parmer was like shedding "100 pounds of weight" from his back.

The Lobos have not won in Laramie since 1995 and have lost the last fivegames of the series.