Dec. 31, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Justin Williams scored 15 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked six shots to help give Wyoming a 58-48 win over Weber State Saturday afternoon.
Wyoming (7-5) held on down the stretch with strong free-throw shooting, hitting 18 of 21 attempts from the line during the second half, including seven of its last eight.
Williams, who has struggled at times from the line, made nine of 11 free-throw attempts in the game, his highest mark this season.
Steve Leven hit two three-pointers in the first three minutes for Wyoming as it opened the game on a 7-0 run.
Williams' three-point play later in the half capped an 11-3 run that put the Cowboys up 20-9 with 5:39 left before halftime.
The Wildcats (6-7) came back, hitting two three-pointers to finish off a 13-4 run that pulled them within 24-22 at halftime.
A Coric Riggs dunk opened the second half and made the score 24-24, giving the Wildcats their first tie since the opening minutes of the game.
The Wildcats took their first lead of the game later in the second half after a Riggs lay-up capped off a 6-2 Weber State run that put them up 38-36 with 11:45 to go.
But the Cowboys answered with strong defense, holding Weber State scoreless for almost six minutes while Wyoming went on a 13-0 run that gave them a 49-38 lead.
Riggs scored five straight points as the Wildcats mounted a comeback during a 9-2 run that brought them within 51-47 with 1:35 to go. But it wasn't enough and Wyoming held on for the win.
Poor shooting from both teams highlighted most of the game. Wyoming made just 15 of 49 attempts, for 30.6 percent, and Weber State hit only 17 of 52, for 32.7 percent from the field.