Wyoming Holds Off Colorado State, 72-67

Jan. 25, 2006

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Brandon Ewing hit two free throws in the last two minutes and finished with 16 points and seven assists to lead Wyoming to a 72-67 victory over struggling Colorado State on Wednesday night.

Daaron Brown added 14 points and nine rebounds and Justin Williams had 12 points and eight rebounds for Wyoming (11-8, 4-2 Mountain West Conference). The Cowboys shot 50 percent in the second half and overcame 20 turnovers.

Jason Smith led Colorado State (12-7, 1-5) with 18 points and seven rebounds. The Rams have lost three in a row and five of six in the conference after an 11-2 start.

Michael Harrison put Colorado State ahead 33-31 with a layup and dunk early in the second half, but Wyoming got some momentum when Ewing's two baskets began a 10-3 run that put the Cowboys ahead 41-36. Williams increased the lead to 56-44 with two short hooks and his two free throws with 5:12 left made it 61-51.

Smith's two free throws got the Rams within 63-59 with 3:38 remaining, but they were unable to capitalize on two turnovers and went scoreless for three possessions. Ewing made a free throw to make it 65-59 with 1:25 left and the Rams never got closer the rest of the way.