Wyoming Closes Season with Loss in College Station
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The University of Wyoming men’s basketball team closed the 2013-14 campaign with a 59-43 loss to Texas A&M in Reed Arena during Wednesday’s first round of the College Basketball Invitational. The Cowboys (18-15, 9-9 MW) suffered a season-low output on the offensive end, as the Aggies (18-15, 8-10 SEC) got off to a hot start and never looked back.
“It’s a shame the season had to end with one of our poorest games, but kudos to Texas A&M and how they played tonight,” UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. “I know our kids our disappointed with this poor showing, but we are headed in the right direction. We have some good years ahead of us with some of the pieces that we have in place.”
The Cowboys managed just 43 points, including 14 in the paint, on 30 percent (14-of-47) from the field, as all three were season lows for Wyoming. The Aggies started the game with a 13-2 run and extended the lead to as many as 17 points in the first half and 26 points in the second half as they never trailed. The Pokes hit 21 percent (5-of-24) beyond the arc, but allowed 39 percent (21-of-54) from the field and 33 percent (7-of-21) from deep to Texas A&M. The Aggies earned a 41-22 advantage on the boards and forced the Cowboys to commit 15 turnovers.
Redshirt senior guard Jerron Granberry finished with a team-high 10 points in high final game for Wyoming, while fellow senior guard Nathan Sobey ended his Cowboy career with nine. Sophomore guard Josh Adams broke a streak of four 20-point games with five against the Aggies to go with five rebounds and three assists.
The Pokes managed just 16 points in the opening half for their lowest first-half total this season. The Aggies jumped out to a 13-2 lead to start the game and never looked back from there. Texas A&M extended the lead to as many as 17 point midway through the half thanks to 27 percent (7-of-26) from the field in the first half for the Cowboys. UW missed its first 10 three-point attempts of the half, before Granberry started some momentum back toward the Pokes with back-to-back treys. The Aggies still managed a 32-16 halftime lead, though, thanks to 52 percent (13-of-25) from the field and 40 percent (4-of-10) from deep. After committing 10 or less turnovers in seven-straight games, the Cowboys had eight in the first half.