The Wyoming Cowboys faced the Air Force Falcons Wednesday night for a matchup between the number seven and eight teams in the MWC. Air Force entered the game looking to sweep the Cowboys; the two teams faced on January 22nd where the Falcons got a 21 point win. Although that game was only a month ago in this game Air Force faced an all new team in Wyoming. The Cowboys started the game with a fire that was not there in the beginning of the season. The Falcons also started with fire but theirs came in the form of fouls. Just a 1:22 into the game Air Force picked their second foul sending Harrison to the free throw line. He made both giving the Cowboys a two point lead and the first points of the game. The Falcons quickly responded tying the game for the first and last time. Wyoming went on a run that started at the free throw line. Strangely enough this was the same place the streak was ended with the Falcons making a free throw. Wyoming then struggled to make shots fall while the Falcons continued to eat away at the lead. Just before the midpoint of the half Hudson drained a three once again giving the Cowboys a little cushion. The Falcons had it in their minds that they were the better team and got the lead back down to one. Cruz fouled Taylor on a layup which got the Falcons back within one. It did not take long to make up for the foul as he hit a three right after. The final eight minutes of the half was dominated by the Cowboys. This domination was not as good as the Cowboys would have liked but it did give them an 11 point lead to end the half. With 4:04 left in the first half Arthur hit a three and the next two minutes saw both teams struggle without scoring. With two minutes to go Arthur ended the dry span with another three giving the Cowboys the 11 point lead and getting the last basket of the half. Wyoming entered the half with the lead and wanted to keep it until the final buzzer. They came out in the second half looking to build on the lead but the Falcons still thought they could win.
Air Force made the first two baskets of the half but Amath made the third. The teams then traded baskets for the next minute until Cruz hit another three getting the Cowboys back on top by 11. The next few minutes saw tough play and three fouls by the Falcons and the Cowboys were able to increase the lead one point. Both teams played tough but it was not until the 6:32 mark that the game started to get crazy. It was at this time that Luster made a layup giving the Cowboys another 11 point lead. In a game like this most people would think an 11 point lead might be a safe margin but Air Force was not ready to give up. Over a minute later the Falcons started a six point run that lasted for almost two minutes. Amath gave the Cowboys life again when he made a short jumper but the Falcons once again answered with a run. Desmar picked up a foul which lowered the lead to five and then with just over two minutes Fow made a three to decrease the lead to just two. The final two minute of the game were intense as it was unclear how the game would end. Amath got the Cowboys back up by four and they stayed there for over a minute. The final 50 seconds of the game is when things got scary for the Cowboys. Amath sent Brooks to the line where he made both shots. Five seconds later Desmar answered with a dunk but ten seconds later Washington got a layup. Cruz then went 1–2 from the line giving the Cowboys a three point lead with half a minute to go. With 19 seconds left on the clock Bohannon cut the lead to one. On the ensuing inbounds play Brooks picked up his fifth foul sending Amath to the line where he made both shots. Then with five seconds left in the game Fletcher hit a deep jumper. The officials stopped play to review the shot to see if it was behind the three point line. They looked at the monitors for quite awhile to make sure they could see clearly if his foot was on the line or not. After a long review relief swept the AA as it was signaled that it was only a two point shot. Air Force immediately fouled Amath, he missed the first free throw but made the second. The intensity could be felt since the crowd knew that Air Force would only have time to shoot a three which would give them a one point lead. After the inbounds pass Bohannon went down the court and put up a three as time expired. Waddell was there to swat it out of bounds to lock up the win for Wyoming.
This was an intense game but ended with the Cowboys picking up a big win. After Langley was put in charge of the team things have been completely different. Langley has stated that he wants to play everybody who is healthy enough to play and he wants Wyoming to control the tempo of the game. The last time Wyoming faced Air Force the Falcons lit it up from deep which led to a blow out win. In this meeting the game was played different and the Falcons were prevented from playing their style of ball. Wyoming used a full court press at times to put pressure on the ball. Other times the Cowboys played half court defense but no matter what defense they played they were always on the ball when it is was in the hands of a shooter. This new play by the Cowboys seems to be confusing the opponents they face. Teams are not ready for Wyoming to move the ball the way they are now and Wyoming controlling the speed of the game really messes with teams. Wyoming’s style of play in this game led to 26 Air Force fouls but at the same time the Cowboys are still getting used to this new style also which led to them picking up 17 fouls. The speed of the game not only caused fouls but turnovers as well. Wyoming forced 19 turnovers while only turning the ball over 11 times. Nine of the Falcon’s turnovers were steals by Wyoming. Another big factor in this game was blocked shots which Wyoming got nine. Foul shots were a reason that Air Force was able to get back into the game. Although the Falcons made one less than the Cowboys they shot a higher percent. Wyoming struggled shooting from the line shooting 12–28 which is only 42.9% and is bad for any team but even worse since they did it at home. Not only did Air Force shoot better at the line but they shoot better from the field. Even with Wyoming struggling to shoot the ball they were able to get a win by playing like a team. Wyoming was out rebounded but they had such good ball movement it did not matter, 17 assists on 22 baskets. This is not the type of win the Cowboys wanted but they will take any win they can get.