Wyoming wins their first conference game

Wyoming wins their first conference game

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Wyoming wins their first conference game

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The Cowboys took down the Spartans for their first conference win.


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Coming into Wednesday nights game both the Spartans (3-15) and Wyoming (5-14) desperately needed a win. Ultimately the one star on the court, Justin James, who finished with 20 points, 5 assists, and 4 steals combined with sloppy play from the Spartans helped the Cowboys push their win streak against the Spartans to 6.

The Spartans started a couple of new faces against the Cowboys as walk-on Trey Smith started the first game of his career while Ashtin Chastain also drew a start. The Spartans came out of the gates slow as it took them 5 and a half minutes to score their first points, while Wyoming raced out to an 11-2 lead while shooting 80% from the field at that point.

In the final 10 minutes of the first half, San Jose State went on a 16-4 run of their own after turning the ball over only once in that span after having had turned the ball over 4 times in the first 10 minutes of the game.

The Cowboys would pull away in the second half as the Spartans could not buy a basket as they only scored 2 points over one 9-minute stretch by the 10-minute mark, the Cowboys had pulled ahead by 10. Wyoming put the game out of hand as they started to heat up behind the arc, in the first half they shot only 30% but in the second half, they shot 42.9%. In addition, the Spartans did not help themselves as they turned the ball over 11 times just in the second half and 16 times overall as they nearly matched their average of 17 turnovers per game.

The Spartans will head back to San Jose still looking for their first conference win as they have a match-up with a red hot Air Force team.

Wyoming will play at Boise State on Saturday.

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