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Feb 15, 2003

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Donta Richardson's career-high 39 points andWyoming's rebounding prowess were enough to offset another big scoring night byNew Mexico's Ruben Douglas in the Cowboys' 103-91 win Saturday.

Richardson hit seven of 10 3-pointers and led a torrid shooting stretch bythe Cowboys in the first half, during which they hit 13 of 17 shots to take a40-25 lead.

That proved too much for Douglas and the Lobos (8-13, 2-6 MWC) to overcome.Douglas, the nation's second leading scorer going into the game, scored acareer-high 43 points, 33 in the second half. It was the fifth straight game inwhich he has topped the 30-point mark.

Wyoming (17-6, 5-3 MWC) snapped a three-game losing streak to stay withinrange of conference front-runners Utah and Brigham Young.

Douglas hit just two field goals in the first half, when he hit just two ofseven field goals. By the time he found his stroke in the second half - hefinished with seven 3-pointers - Wyoming had the game in hand.

While Richardson was shredding the Lobos' defense with his outside jumper,the Cowboys were dominating the rebounding. With 11 minutes left in the gamethe rebounding edge for Wyoming was 32-11, with the final margin 36-24.

Wyoming erased a 17-11 New Mexico lead with a 17-2 run that included 8straight points by Richardson on a short jumper and back-to-back 3-pointers.

The Cowboys led 45-32 at halftime and Richardson started the second half bysandwiching a pair of 3-pointers around a 3-pointer by Douglas. Two more3-pointers by Douglas and a 15-foot jumper got New Mexico to within 59-48, asclose as the Lobos would come in the second half.

Uche Nsonwu-Amadi scored 14 points and had nine rebounds and Jay Straightscored 18 for Wyoming.

Javin Tindall had season-highs with 18 points and six 3-pointers for theLobos.

The win was the 14th in The Pit for Wyoming, the most by any New Mexicoopponent.