Wyoming Holds Off South Carolina, 77-63

Dec 19, 2002

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By ROBERT W. BLACK
Associated Press Writer

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Uche Nsonwu-Amadi returned from a knee injury to score14 points and grab 10 rebounds and Marc Bailey scored a game-high 19 points tolead Wyoming over South Carolina 77-63 on Thursday.

Joe Ries and David Adams each scored 11 points and Jay Straight added 10 forthe Cowboys (7-2), who won their fourth straight.

South Carolina (5-3) was led by Kerbrell Brown, who scored 14 points off thebench, and Chuck Eidson, who added 13.

Nsonwu-Amadi, a 6-foot-10 senior center who had missed five of the Cowboys'last six games with a sprained knee, helped stymie a surge by South Carolinathat had pulled the Gamecocks from 10 points to within five.

After Brown's jump hook at the 10:58 mark cut the Cowboys' lead to 49-44,Nsonwu-Amadi contributed four points, three rebounds and a steal during a 13-6spurt that allowed Wyoming to take control.

Ries' hook shot in the lane capped the run and put Wyoming up 62-50 with6:54 left. The lead eventually reached 68-54 on a free throw by DontaRichardson. He had replaced Bailey, who went down with an apparent ankle injuryafter a foul by Michael Boynton on a fast-break layup attempt.

After two baskets by Brown drew South Carolina within 35-33, Wyoming scoredsix straight to go up 42-33 with 15:51 remaining. The highlight of the surgewas a layup and free throw by Adams on an end-to-end solo fast break.

Carlos Powell's steal and layup with 8:54 remaining in the opening half gaveSouth Carolina a 19-17 lead, but the Cowboys closed with an 18-12 run to go up35-29 at intermission.

Bailey's 3-pointer at the 7:51 mark kick-started the run, in which he scored10 of his 12 first-half points.