The Wyoming Cowboys end the season with a loss against the TCU Horned Frogs. The two teams were ranked at the bottom of the MWC and had to play in the play in game to see who would move on to play #1 BYU. The last game TCU won was against Wyoming on January 12th. Wyoming won the last meeting between the two so both teams were expecting a good game.
The game started slow but TCU got out to a two point lead then made it three points. It was almost two minutes into the game before Wyoming got points on the board. A foul sent Luster to the line where he went 1–2. TCU continued to play tough not wanting their season to end yet. Wyoming started the game playing sloppy but it still looked like they wanted to win. TCU went on a run to give them a ten point lead and it was at this time that Wyoming started to clean up their play. Even with Wyoming playing better TCU still got out to a 21–10 lead. It was not long before Wyoming was back within seven and looking to close the gap even more. In the last two minutes of the half Wyoming stepped it up and ended the half down only four points. The second half started with TCU making a jumper to increase their lead. For the first minute and a half the Cowboys kept it close and got within two points. TCU started to pull away but then Hudson hit a three to keep the deficit at two. Wyoming continued to fight and with 13:26 Hudson made a layup to give the Cowboys a one point lead. They held that lead until the 12:04 mark when Hill made a three shot to put TCU back on top. For the next few minutes it looked like Wyoming was trying too hard and was forcing shoots which gave TCU a chance to increase the lead. Wyoming continued to battle but it was too late and TCU already had a lead that would not be overcome.Luster got into foul trouble which hurt the Cowboys in this game. Luster was forced to sit on the bench more than the team may have wanted. With Luster not in the game Wyoming did not have one of their best passers on the floor. Luster was also playing tough defense while in the game so when he was out the defense was not as strong either. Another problem for the Cowboys was shooting the ball. In the first half they struggled to get shots to fall shooting only 27.6% while TCU shot much better at 40.7%. In the second half Wyoming shot the ball better but TCU did also. In the second half Wyoming shot 48.1% but TCU shot better than 50%. Even with Wyoming shooting that well they could not overcome the deficit with TCU not missing shots. Wyoming struggled shooting from deep making only 6–21 attempts. TCU did not shoot as much from deep but they went 50%. Shooting was the big story of the game and if TCU had not had such a great shooting game Wyoming may have gotten the win. TCU got ten more assists in the game but the other stats were pretty close. Since all stats were close it really did come down to which team was shooting better. TCU converted turnovers into points better and got more fast break points which was part of the reason they shot so well. If Wyoming could have prevented TCU from getting these points the game may have went the other way.
Wyoming had three players in double figure scoring in this game. Amath had 10, Jackson had 12 and Cruz led the team with 14. Amath not only scored but he also came up with six rebounds and two blocks. Desmar also pulled down six rebounds and got an assist. Cruz had a big game, not only did he have 14 points but he also got seven rebounds and two steals. Waddel led the team with eight rebounds and got a block.
This was a tough way to end the season for the Cowboys but next year should be better. It is tough to end the season without a permanent coach. Looking at the way Wyoming played down the stretch showed that they have talent on the team. Next year with a new head coach the Cowboys could have a better season. The skill is there the team just needs to find a coach that can utilize it. The season may be over but it is now time to start looking at the future of the team. This was a rough season but it leaves plenty of room for improvement. Wyoming had a lot of fans at the game which shows that Wyoming fans will stand by the team when times are tough. This loyal fan base is one thing the team is known for and will help motivate the team to do better next year.