SAN DIEGO -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team dropped to third in the Mountain West standings following a 67-41 loss to RV/RV San Diego State on Wednesday night in Viejas Arena. The Cowboys (19-6, 8-4 MW) entered the contest tied atop the league with the Aztecs (19-6, 9-3 MW), but played without leading scorer Larry Nance Jr. for a second-straight game to lose back-to-back games for the first time since March 2014.
"My thoughts are a lot of disappointment, most of all self-reflecting," UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. "Our team didn't play well right off the get go. SDSU has been struggling from three and they hit four big ones off the bat. I am the responsible party and I would never put that on the players."
The Aztecs opened the game on a 15-3 run, including 4-of-6 beyond the arc, and the Pokes could never bounce back. SDSU would extend the lead to 20 in the first 10 minutes and 29 in the second half, as Wyoming managed a season-low 14 points in the first half and season-low 41 total points. The Cowboys shot just 35 percent (17-of-48) from the field and a season-low 12 percent (3-of-36) from deep, as the Aztecs connected on 44 percent (24-of-55) and 50 percent (10-of-20), respectively. The Aztecs' 10 threes tied a season high for a Cowboy foe, while owning a 37-26 advantage on the boards.
Senior forward Derek Cooke Jr. led Wyoming with 13 points, his third double-figure contest in the last four games, and added six rebounds. Junior guard Josh Adams contributed 12 points to reach double figures for the 18th time this season, but no other Cowboy had more than five points.
Wyoming returns to action on Saturday when the Cowboys host San Jose State at 4 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium.