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.