Cow­boys Fall to #9 Aztecs

Tues­day night the San Diego State Aztecs were in town to face off with the Cow­boys. The Aztecs just came off an upset and were look­ing to take­out some aggres­sion. San Diego State’s top ten rank­ing did not intim­i­date the Cow­boys, they knew if they went in with con­fi­dence they could hang with them. The Aztecs got out to an ear­ly two point lead but it would only last 48 sec­onds. Amath got a layup to give the game the only tie it would see. Amath’s layup start­ed a 10–2 run for Wyoming giv­ing them a six point lead. This run seemed to take every­body by sur­prise but the vis­i­tors were the only peo­ple not enjoy­ing it. The Aztecs were not hap­py being down and got back with­in two. At the 9:36 mark Des­mar hit a short jumper to give the Cow­boys their last lead of the game at 15–14. Under a minute lat­er Franklin took the lead back for the Aztecs and they held on for the remain­der of the game. Although the #9 Aztecs were on top the Cow­boys kept it close for a few more min­utes. It was not until Rahon hit a three with 5:23 left in the half that San Diego State start­ed to take over the game. After this point the Aztecs start­ed to light it up show­ing Wyoming why they are ranked so high. They end­ed the half on a 23–5 run to be up 17 points. The sec­ond half start­ed with tough play by both teams.  It was almost four min­utes into the half before the Aztecs were able to start increas­ing their lead. Wyoming made them work to increase the lead which caused it to go up slow­ly. The lead got up to 27 point but then the Cow­boys start­ed to eat away at it. They got it down to 21 but the Aztecs were too much to han­dle and they got it back up to 27 by the end of the game.

Wyoming may have lost by 27 point but they put up a good fight. They had the lead for the major­i­ty of the first half which is impres­sive since the Aztecs are a top ten team. The Cow­boys went on an ear­ly run giv­ing them a lead which they held on to for around 11 min­utes. This proved Wyoming has the tal­ent to com­pete with real­ly good teams. The Aztecs may have under­es­ti­mat­ed the Cow­boys or Wyoming may have had a streak of bril­liance. Either way what the Cow­boys did dur­ing that time frame was noth­ing less than amaz­ing. They had the lead and held the Aztecs to only a few points. San Diego State did run away with the game to get a big win but that is only half the sto­ry. The Cow­boys held the Aztecs to 11 less points and scored one more point than in their last meet­ing.

The Aztecs can play with any team in the nation and the Cow­boys are a strug­gling team. These two facts make it no sur­prise that the Aztecs dom­i­nat­ed most of the stat cat­e­gories. San Diego State cleaned the glass bet­ter than the Cow­boys, about 1.6 times bet­ter. On the bright side Wyoming matched the Aztecs with four blocks and sev­en steals. The Cow­boys only had two more turnovers and five few­er assists which are both pret­ty good. On the down side Wyoming was outscored by 20 in the paint, they had few­er points off turnovers and sec­ond chance points. The Aztecs spread their scor­ing over all play­ers that saw the floor giv­ing their bench 35 points while Wyoming’s scor­ing was more focused on the start­ing five. The Aztecs shot well for the whole game and that was one of the biggest fac­tors in their win. Wyoming shot the ball 27% in the first half which is bad no mat­ter what but even worse when the oth­er team shoots 47%. The Cow­boys turned it around in the sec­ond half shoot­ing the ball 57% but even with how good that is they still suf­fered with the Aztecs still shoot­ing bet­ter. For a team that is search­ing for a direc­tion and a head coach this was a decent game.

The Aztecs may have had four play­ers score in dou­ble fig­ures but they did not have Des­mar Jack­son. Jack­son put up a game high 16 points while shoot­ing almost 50%. Thi­am was the only oth­er Cow­boy to score dou­ble fig­ure with 13. Amath lead the Cow­boys with sev­en rebounds all of which were on the defen­sive side of the ball. Des­mar was the star for the Cow­boys scor­ing 16 points, grab­bing six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Nobody real­ly shot well form deep in this game and that goes for both teams. Only four play­ers made a shot from deep in the game; each team had two. Hud­son made one and Wad­dell made the oth­er for the Cow­boys. It is kind or crazy that the cen­ter made half of the team’s deep shots but they will take them how­ev­er they can get them.