Dec. 22, 2007
EL PASO, Texas - In a late-night affair that did not end until nearly midnight on Friday in El Paso, the Wyoming Cowboys improved their season record to 5-4 with a come-from-behind 66-63 win over the Buffalo Bulls (5-5) in the opening round of the Sun Bowl Tournament.
The Cowboys survived two last second three-point attempts by the Bulls and used three free throws from senior Brad Jones in the last 30 seconds to pull out the win. UW's guard tandem of Brandon Ewing and Jones combined for 35 points.
Ewing scored 19 points in 40 minutes of play, while Jones recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Ewing also had five assists and forward Ryan Dermody contributed ten rebounds.
Buffalo led Wyoming 31-26 at halftime and by 15 points, 51-36, with 12:00 to play in the game.
Greg Gamble and Sean Smiley were Buffalo's leading scorers with ten points apiece.
The Cowboys will now face event host UTEP in the tournament championship game on Saturday night at 7 p.m. MST. The Miners beat South Carolina Upstate in the other semi-final game on Friday by a score of 77-69.
The last time the two old WAC rivals met in El Paso was Feb. 7, 1998. UW defeated the Miners in that last meeting by a score of 67-55. Wyoming and UTEP have played each other 64 previous times. Wyoming trails in the series 23-41.