Gilmores Career-High 26 Can't Lift Pokes Past Rams

Feb. 2, 2013

Fort Collins, Colo. -

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Senior guard Derrious Gilmore scored a career-high 26 points to lead the University of Wyoming men's basketball team, but the Cowboys fell 65-46 to the Colorado State Rams on Saturday in Moby Arena. Gilmore knocked down a career-high six threes in the game and scored 20-plus points for the third time this season, as he kept the Cowboys (15-6, 2-6 MW) in the game in the second half scoring 16-straight points over seven minutes. The Rams (18-4, 5-2 MW) led from the opening tip and never gave up the lead to win its 26th-consecutive game at home.

"Once [Derrious] did knock in a couple, the way they were playing the ball screen, we felt like that would be our best look," UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. "We had wanted to go more so in to Leonard and Larry, but with that piece missing we thought that was the best way for us to get some shots."

Gilmore was the only Cowboy in double figures, but five other Pokes scored in the game. Senior forward Leonard Washington followed with nine points and four rebounds, while sophomore forward Derek Cooke Jr. pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds and added three points in a career-high 22 minutes. Sophomore guard Jack Bentz scored the first conference points of his career adding two. Freshman Jason McManamen also scored the first conference points of his career hitting a three pointer in the first half and played a career-high 19 minutes.

After closing the first half on a 9-2 run the Rams continued the run to start the second half scoring the first six points to take a 36-21 lead. The teams went back-and-forth over the next three minutes with CSU pushing the lead to 16 before Gilmore scored 16-consecutive points for the Cowboys to pull them within eight, 48-40, at the 8:12 mark. The Cowboys were able to cut the lead to single digits twice more in the half, but the Rams pushed the lead to double digits at the four minute mark and UW could not battle back.

Colorado State opened the game on a 10-3 run over the first five minutes, before Gilmore's second three pulled the Pokes back within four at 10-6. CSU scored six of the next nine points to take a 16-9 lead with 10:28 to go in the half. The Cowboys pulled back within three at 16-13 following back-to-back baskets from Gilmore and Bentz. The teams traded baskets over the next three minutes with CSU holding on to a two point advantage at 21-19 at the 4:35 mark. From that point the Rams went on a 9-2 run to close the half and led 30-21 at the break. Gilmore led the Cowboys in the first half with eight points followed by Washington with six points. Cooke led the Pokes rebounding in the first half pulling down six of UW's nine boards.

The Cowboys will step out of conference on Wednesday for a trip to Bakersfield, Calif., to take on the CSU Bakersfield Road Runners. Tip time is set for 8 p.m. MT.