Cowboys Take Down Aztecs, 69-65

Feb. 22, 2005

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - Jay Straight scored 18 points, including two free throws with 20 seconds left, in leading Wyoming over San Diego State 69-65 Monday night.

Wyoming (15-10 overall, 7-5 Mountain West Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak, while SDSU (10-14, 4-7) took its third straight loss.

Straight, who also had six assists to tie the conference's career assist mark of 439, sank his free throws after Trimaine Davis pulled the Aztecs to within 65-63 with two foul shots of his own with 51 seconds remaining.

Brandon Heath, who led SDSU with 14 points, scored with 4 seconds to go, but Wyoming's Dion Sherrell finished off the Aztecs with two more free throws a second later.

Wyoming made 21 of 23 free throws in the game. SDSU was 12-of-18.

The Cowboys, who led 35-26 at the half, also got 12 points from reserve Kevin Lewis, who entered the game averaging 4.6 points, 11 from Sherrell and 10 from Justin Williams.

Davis, John Sharper and Matt Thomas added 11 each for SDSU.

Postgame Notes

•Jay Straight tied the Mountain West Conference record for career assists tonight. Straight's six assists vs. SDSU improved his career total to 439. He tied Matt Montague of Brigham Young, who handed out 439 career assists from 1999-2002.


•Straight also moved into second place on the Wyoming career assist list, passing Chris McMillian who had 434 career assists from 1999-2003. He trails only Sean Dent, who had 502 assists from 1984-88.


•Wyoming swept the season series versus San Diego State for the first time since the 2000-01 season.


•Wyoming has won seven of its last nine games.


•The Cowboys are now 33-23 all-time against SDSU, and are 9-5 in MWC play versus the Aztecs.


•Steve McClain is 9-5 versus San Diego State.


•Wyoming shot a season best 91.3 percent from the free-throw line tonight (21 of 23). UW's previous best this season was 87.0 percent (20 of 23) against Dayton on Dec. 7, 2004.


•With his 18 points against San Diego State, Jay Straight moved into sole possession of 12th place on the Wyoming career scoring list with 1,483 career points. He passed Tony Windis, who scored 1,465 points during his career from 1957-59.

Postgame Quotes From Wyoming Head Coach Steve McClain

"This senior class really has stepped up this season. After we lost to Utah a month ago, from that point forward our seniors have really led this team well. For a team that was picked to finish last in the conference, we're still just a half game out of second place.

"The free throws were big tonight. Alex (Dunn), Jay (Straight) and Dion (Sherrell) all hit big free throws. But that's what you expect from senior leaders.

"I've told our kids that we don't need to worry about what the other teams in the league are doing. We just need to take care of ourselves.

"It is a great credit to Jay (Straight) to reach this milestone in assists, because he has had to be a scorer and a point guard for us. He is the only player in the Mountain West Conference to score 1,000 points and hand out 400 assists in his career."