Cowboys Outlast Princeton In Double Overtime

Nov. 22, 2004

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Steve Leven had four 3-pointers among his 29 points andsank four free throws down the stretch of the second overtime to lead Wyomingover Princeton 64-59 on Monday.

Wyoming (2-0) never trailed in the second extra frame after missinglast-second shots at the end of regulation and the first overtime.

Jay Straight added 15 points and Alex Dunn had 13 points and 15 rebounds forthe Cowboys.

Princeton (1-2) was led by Will Venable with 17, while Noah Savage added 12and Judson Wallace 11.

Straight missed a short banker in the final 10 seconds of regulation, andalthough the Cowboys got the ball back, the Tigers forced a turnover justbefore the buzzer.

In the first overtime, Scott Greenman sank a 3-pointer to put Princeton up57-55, but Dunn answered with two foul shots at the 1:04 mark. However, hemissed a close attempt just before the buzzer, forcing a second overtime.

Straight hit 3 of 4 free throws in the first 1:44 of the final overtime,giving Wyoming a 60-57 lead, and Leven sealed it with four free throws in thefinal 2:41.

A basket by Jerry Webb put the Cowboys ahead 43-41 with 6:51 left in thesecond half and Wyoming held the lead until Wallace tied it at 49 on a freethrow with 42 seconds remaining.

Princeton took its biggest lead at 17-10 on a basket by Wallace with 7:05left in the opening frame.

Postgame Notes

•Wyoming begins the 2004-05 season 2-0. That is the first time since the 2000-01 season that UW has began a season 2-0.

•It is the third time a Steve McClain team has began a season 2-0.

•This was the third time a Steve McClain-coached team and a Joe Scott-coached team have gone to overtime, and the second time the two coaches' teams have played multiple overtimes.

Jan. 28, 2002 Wyoming wins 83-76 in four ovetimes in Laramie, Wyo.

March 7, 2002 Wyoming wins 69-67 in one overtime in Las Vegas, Nev., in the first round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament

Nov. 22, 2004 Wyoming wins 64-59 in double overtime in Laramie, Wyo.

•Wyoming has played at least one overtime game in each of the last six seasons.

•Steve Leven scored 29 points in only the second game of his career. It is his second consecutive double figure scoring game -- he had 16 against Alcorn State on Nov. 19, 2004.

•Leven's 29 points ties him for the 19th best scoring performance in Arena-Auditorium history.

•Alex Dunn set a new career high with 15 rebounds. His previous high was 14 rebounds, which he had accomplished two other times during his career.

•Alex Dunn recoreded his fifth career double-double, with 13 points and 15 rebounds. It was also his 16th career double-figure scoring game, and seventh career double-figure rebounding game.

•Alex Dunn recorded his second consecutive double-figure rebounding game. He also had 12 rebounds in the season opener versus Alcorn State.

•Jay Straight moved into 26th place on the Wyoming career scoring list with his 15 points tonight. He now has 1,067 career points. He passed former teammate Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (1,053 points from 2001-03) and Doug Bessert (1,059 career points from 1976-79).

•Jay Straight recorded his 52nd career double-figure scoring game.

•For the second consecutive, Jay Straight handed out five assists. He ranks No. 5 on the Wyoming career assist list, with 317 career assists.

Wyoming Head Coach Steve McClain Postgame Quotes

"This game was like a Mountain West Conference game in terms of intensity.

"I told Joe (Scott) afterwards that we have to stop doing this (playing overtime games). When we hook up, we seem to go to overtime a lot.

"This was a great team win -- from our assistant coach, John Adams, who put together the scouting report on Princeton to the scout team guys who simulated Princeton's offense in practice. Everyone contributed to this victory.

"Jay (Straight) made a lot of good decisions tonight. He did a great job of keeping everyone composed.

"Alex (Dunn) really took charge of the boards tonight, and hit some big free throws.

"Steve Leven is a young man who hadn't played a game for two seasons, but he is beginning to get comfortable again on the court.

"I thought Derek Wabbington played very well defensively, and that is why we stuck with him. James Ebert also gave us some good minutes.

"Jerry Webb also gave us a big lift off the bench, and contributed both offensively and defensively.

"I like the fact that this team is already taking on the personality of finding a way to win.

"Princeton is a team that gave Syracuse -- a Top 10 team -- all they wanted on the road at Syracuse. I heard Jay (Straight) say as we were leaving the lockerroom before the game, "This is a game that could go a long way toward our postseason hopes at the end of the year.' And he was right. To beat a team like Princeton, that returns virtually their entire team from an NCAA Tournament team a year ago, is a big win for our program.

"I told our guys that holding Princeton to 40 percent shooting is something to be proud of. They (Princeton) shoot in the 60s when they're playing well."