Wyoming Men's Basketball Rolls Over Riverside, 77-59

Nov. 18, 2000

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Ronell Mingo scored 15 points and Marcus Bailey 14 asWyoming opened its season with a 77-59 victory over Division I upstart UCRiverside Saturday night.

Mingo,a junior college transfer, scored 11 of his points and Bailey 10 ofhis in the second half. Mingo also had nine rebounds.

Josh Davis and Chris McMillian each contributed 13 points for the Cowboys(1-0). Center Uche Nsonwu-Amadi, frustrated offensively by a zone defense,ended up with 6 points but grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

Wyoming played without star forward-center Ugo Udezue, who is serving athree-game suspension for violating unspecified team rules.

Riverside, a Division II team moving up to Division I, was led by MarkMiller's 15 points and Kevin Butler's 10. The Highlanders shot 30 3-pointersagainst the bigger Wyoming team, hitting seven.

Wyoming led 36-23 at the half with Davis, first team all conference lastyear, leading the way with 9 points and three assists.

The Cowboys opened a 43-25 lead early in the second half, but Riversidebattled back within 5 points twice - the latest at the 7:34 mark on a SteveClayton jumper that pulled the Highlanders to within 58-53.

But Wyoming outscored Riverside 19-6 over the last 4:19 of the game. Baileyaccounted for 6 of the final Cowboy points.