LOGAN, Utah -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team dropped a 56-44 game at Utah State on Wednesday night in Smith Spectrum. The Cowboys (17-4, 6-2 MW) trailed by three at halftime and double digits early in the second half as the Aggies (12-8, 5-3 MW) led by as many as 14 to snap UW's four-game road winning streak.
Senior guard Riley Grabau posted a season-high 16 points as he tied a career high with five triples. Senior forward Larry Nance Jr. added 14 points, six rebounds and four assists, as he scored in double figures for a ninth-straight game and 55th time in his career.
Wyoming shot just 36 percent (18-of-50) from the field, their second-lowest showing this season, and 30 percent (7-of-23) beyond the arc. The Pokes made just one free throw and attempted three, both season lows. The Aggies (12-8, 5-3 MW) hit 48 percent (24-of-50) from the field and 36 percent (5-of-14) from deep, while outrebounding the Cowboys 32-28 and earning a 30-18 advantage in points in the paint.
The Pokes took an early lead in the first half, but the Aggies responded with an 8-0 run to go up by six. Nance had back-to-back buckets and 12 of UW's first 16 points to keep the Cowboys in it through the middle minutes, but two-straight Aggies threes put them up nine with just two minutes remaining in the first half. Wyoming would score eight of the last 10 points in the half, though, including a three-quarter court buzzer beater from Grabau, to go into halftime down 29-26.
Wyoming shot just 39 percent (11-of-28) from the field and 33 percent (4-of-12) from deep in the first half, to 46 percent (12-of-26) and 37 percent (3-of-8), respectively, for Utah State. The two squads combined for 14 turnovers with each committing seven, but just seven total fouls. Nance posted 10 points in the first half and freshman guard Alexander Aka Gorski had six thanks to two threes.
Wyoming returns to the Arena-Auditorium to host Nevada at 4 p.m. MT on Saturday.