Veteran Trio Guides Pokes Past Roadrunners, 68-64

Nov. 25, 2015

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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Senior guard Josh Adams, junior guard Jason McManamen and sophomore forward Alan Herndon combined for 55 points to propel the University of Wyoming men's basketball team to a hard-fought 68-64 win over CSU Bakersfield on Wednesday night in the Arena-Auditorium. The Cowboys (3-2) won their 15th-straight nonconference game in the building for the seventh-longest streak in program history thanks to McManamen drawing a charge and hitting two free throws in the final five seconds.

"Kudos to our three veteran players," UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. "All three of them did a good job -- [Alan] Herndon, [Jason] McManamen and Josh [Adams]. I would say this. You are a product of your habits, and Jason McManamen has developed excellent defensive habits. He stepped up and took the game-winning charge, and then he knocked down the two free throws to seal the win."

The Pokes led by 13 with eight minutes left in the game, but the Roadrunners (3-1) battled back with a quick 12-0 run to pull within one with 5:27 left. Wyoming maintained the advantage until CSUB hit a three with 39 seconds left to tie the game at 64-64. Sophomore forward Jonathan Barnes dunked the Pokes ahead with a monster jam with 21 seconds to go, before McManamen drew the charge on the following CSUB possession and calmly sank his free throws with five seconds remaining for the final margin.

Adams finished with 23 points, his third-straight game with 20 or more, while McManamen and Herndon each had career highs of 16. Adams added a team-high six rebounds, McManamen connected on a career-high four threes and Herndon rejected a career-high three shots. As for shooting, Adams went 12-of-13 at the charity strip, McManamen hit all four of his shots from deep and Herndon was 7-of-8 from the field.

"I thought Alan [Herndon] played with the most energy he has all season," Shyatt said. "He made a great assist to Jonathan Barnes for the winning dunk. [Herndon] blocked three shots and he was able to convert 7-of-8 from the field."

Overall, the Cowboys shot 46 percent (19-of-41) from the field, 41 percent (9-of-22) from three and a near-perfect 21-of-22 (96 percent) as a team. The Pokes entered the game in the top 30 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio, but had 15 dimes and a season-high 17 turnovers. The Roadrunners led 30-22 on the glass, including 11-3 on the offensive boards.

Wyoming hosts Montana State on Saturday at 6 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium, as the Cowboys and Bobcats battle for a second time in seven days.