Wyoming Slips Against Colorado State, 86-68

Feb. 24, 2007

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Jason Smith had his fifth consecutive double-double with 27 points and a Mountain West Conference record-tying 22 rebounds as Colorado State ended a two-game losing streak with an 86-68 victory over Wyoming Saturday night.

Smith's 22 rebounds matched former UNLV forward Louis Amundson's performance on Dec. 12, 2004, at Auburn. Smith, who is considering entering the NBA draft at the end of the season, has 15 double-doubles this season and 21 for his career.

Stephan Gilling added 20 points with six 3-pointers for Colorado State (16-11, 6-9 Mountain West). Cory Lewis had 11 points and 10 assists for the Rams, who had been 1-6 since a Jan. 24 loss at Wyoming.

Conference leading scorer Brandon Ewing matched season and career highs with 32 points for the Cowboys. His teammate in the backcourt Brad Jones had 24 points, but no one else had more than nine for Wyoming (15-13, 6-8), losers of six consecutive road games.

Trailing by 11 points at the half, the Cowboys got within 50-45 as Ewing and Jones combined for eight points early in the second half. Gilling's 3-pointer with 12:34 left capped a 9-1 run for Colorado State and made the score 59-46.

Ewing turned three Rams turnovers into four points to get Wyoming back to within 66-55. But Gilling sank another 3-pointer with 7:12 remaining and sealed the game with his sixth of the game with under two minutes left.

Colorado State led 29-14 in the first half. But Ewing, scored 12 of his 18 first-half points over the next four-minute span that included three, 3-pointers to get Wyoming within 36-31 with 3:51 left.

The Rams regrouped and Smith had three free throws and five points the rest of the way as CSU took a 46-35 lead into halftime.