Senior forward Derek Cooke Jr. and senior guard Riley Grabau notched 15 points apiece and the University of Wyoming men's basketball team held a lead on SMU with eight minutes left, but the Mustangs crafted an 18-1 run down the stretch to earn a 66-53 victory on Friday night in Moody Coliseum. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak the Pokes (7-1) opened the 2014-15 campaign with.
The Cowboys were up by six midway through the second half and had momentum after a Cooke dunk, but that would be the last field goal Wyoming would hit for nearly eight minutes. SMU (5-3) used the cold streak to start the 18-1 spurt as the Cowboys hung tough, but the Mustangs converted free throws to extend the lead to 58-45 with 1:44 left. Grabau hit another three to cut the deficit to single digits, but the Cowboys could get no closer.
Cooke's 15 points and three steals both tied career highs, as he made seven of his nine attempts and added a team-high seven rebounds. Grabau's season-high 15 points all came on threes, as his five three pointers tied a career high and went with two assists. Junior guard Josh Adams posted six assists, his second-straight game with that amount, three steals and nine points.
Wyoming shot a season-low 40 percent (20-of-50) from the field, the first time hitting below 50 percent in 2014-15, and just 29 percent (8-of-27) from beyond the arc, while allowing SMU 56 percent (23-of-41) and 37 percent (3-of-8), respectively. The Mustangs outrebounded the Cowboys 35-16, but committed four more turnovers. The Pokes collected a season-high 10 steals.
The Cowboys return home to host Regis on Sunday at 2 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium.