RENO, Nev. -
Junior guard Josh Adams notched 18 points and the University of Wyoming men's basketball team scored 51 second half points to stage a 64-58 come-from-behind win at Nevada on Tuesday night in the Lawlor Events Center. The Pokes (21-6, 10-4 MW) trailed by 13 points with 12:30 left, but outscored the Wolf Pack (8-17, 4-9 MW) 36-17 the rest of the game to claim their 10th Mountain West win, the most since a program-best 11 in 2001-02.
Nevada led by 15 points in the first half and 14 at halftime, as Wyoming managed just 13 points in the first half, its fewest in any half this season. The Pokes started getting inside in the second half, though, as a 10-0 spurt with eight minutes left would cut the Wolf Pack's advantage to three. The squads traded baskets over the next three minutes, before a three from redshirt sophomore guard Jason McManamen gave the Cowboys their first lead since the opening minutes of the game. Another three, this time from senior guard Charles Hankerson Jr., put Wyoming up by two possessions and free throws from Adams and senior guard Riley Grabau in the final minute sealed UW's largest comeback this season.
Adams notched double-figure points for a team-high 20th time this season and added six assists and five rebounds while tying a career high with four steals. Senior forward Derek Cooke Jr. scored in double figures for the fifth time in the last six games with 14 points and finished just one rebound away from a double-double. He also had two blocks. McManamen added a career-high 11 points, thanks to a career-high three triples.
The stats were a tale of two halves. Wyoming shot 45 percent (22-of-49) from the field for the game, but just 26 percent (6-of-23) in the first half to 62 percent (16-of-26) in the second half. Likewise from beyond the arc, 8 percent (1-of-12) in the first half and 63 percent (5-of-8) in the second. The Pokes didn't hit any of their five three throws in the opening half, but went 14-of-20 after halftime. Wyoming's 51 points in the second half were the most since scoring 53 against Nevada in the MW tournament during the 2012-13 season. The Pokes were outrebounded 42-27, but committed just six turnovers.
The Pokes started on the right foot with a 6-0 lead, but Nevada crafted a 23-2 run through the first half, as Wyoming went nearly eight minutes without scoring. The Cowboys began 3-of-5 from the field, but would make just one of their next 13 attempts and none of their first nine three-point attempts. McManamen broke the streak with a triple, but Wyoming would manage just 13 points in the first half to trail by 14 at halftime.
Wyoming is off for the weekend, before hosting Fresno State in the Arena-Auditorium on Feb. 25.