Wyoming Rallies To Down Montana, 76-71

Nov. 15, 2006

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The 3-point shooting of junior guard James Spencer helped propel Wyoming to a 76-71 basketball victory over Montana on Wednesday, after Wyoming rallied from a first-half deficit of 14 points.

The Cowboys started slowly and had to overcome a sizzling start by the Grizzlies, who hit four of six 3-pointers in the opening minutes, to build the 14-point lead.

The Cowboys began the second half with an 11-4 run to pull back within a point. The Grizzlies answered with two free throws by Jordan Hasquet and a 3-point play from Andrew Strait, for a 50-44 lead with 15:53 remaining.

Wyoming responded with five straight points from Brandon Ewing and took its first lead of the game at 51-50. The two teams traded leads for the next six minutes, with Spencer hitting a 3-pointer to put the Cowboys up 61-60, with 7:33 to play.

Wyoming couldn't keep the momentum as forward Chris Anderson missed a dunk and Ewing missed a layup after a steal. Montana regained the 3-point lead on a pair of free throws by guard Bryan Ellis and a basket by Mike Chavez.

Spencer hit two straight 3-pointers to put the Cowboys up, 67-66 with 4:06 left.

Tied at 68, the Cowboys regained the lead on a pair of free throws by Chris Anderson and a steal and dunk by junior forward Joseph Taylor with 2 minutes remaining.

The Cowboys added a pair of free throws by Ewing, but Montana stayed close with a 3-pointer by Matt Dlouhy.

After Wyoming failed to score, the Grizzlies had one more chance to tie the game, but Bryan Ellis missed a 3-pointer and Hasquet, who grabbed the rebound, also missed a 3.

Spencer hit five of five 3-pointers in the game and finished with 19 points. Ewing led all scorers with 21 points.