March 12, 2021 |

Great effort. Tough loss. The season came to an end for the Wyoming Cowboys with a 69-66 loss to San Diego State in quarterfinal round of the Mountain West Tournament yesterday. The young Cowboy team left nothing on the court yesterday in a gutsy battle against the defending Mountain West Champions.

 

Reese Monaco with the call on Bigfoot 99 yesterday. Wyoming used a slow-down style of play to frustrate the Aztecs most of the way. With a win in sight after Maldonado’s fade-away three, though, Wyoming had their chances. But a missed open-three-pointer, a turn-over and missed a free throw spelled doom for Wyoming in the final 90 seconds.

 

Assistant Coach Shaun Vandiver said the Cowboys stuck to the plan and gave themselves a chance to win by slowing down the game, making their shots and playing well off the bench with assists in the passing game.

 

Wyoming ended up with 11 turnovers. San Diego had just six. Wyoming actually out-rebounded the Aztecs 28 to 26. The future looks bright for the young Cowboy team, who showed tremendous growth this year under first-year coach Jeff Linder.

The number-one seed and 19th ranked Aztecs move onto the semi-final round of the Mountain West Tournament.

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