Cowboys and Cowgirls both win via late shots


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January 16, 2022 — It was an exciting day for Wyoming basketball! The Wyoming Cowgirls started things off with a 57-54 win over Air Force in Laramie, the Cowboys, playing their first game since Christmas Day, defeated Utah State 71-69 on a game-winning layup from Graham Ike.

Cowboys – Ike’s game-winner came with 3.3 seconds to play as he drove the lane from the top of the 3-point arch. A 3-point attempt by Utah State was unsuccessful.

The road win in Logan, Utah, upped the Cowboys’ season mark to 12-2 and 1-0 in the Mountain West. Utah State is now 1-3 in the conference and 10-7 overall.

“The start was good for us, but the way we finished with three-straight stops was special,” UW head coach Jeff Linder said. “I challenged the guys at the half because I thought Utah State had better energy late in the first half. In the second half, we made some winning plays. What can I say about our guys? We haven’t had a whole practice and for us to come out with the effort was excellent.”
Ike and guard Hunter Maldonado combined for 44 points, with 23 from Ike and 21 from Maldonado. Both added eight rebounds on the night to also lead the team.

The Cowboys will stay on the road for a game at Nevada (2-1, 8-6) Monday evening. Broadcast time is 4:30 p.m. with the tip-off at 5 p.m. on WyoRadio’s 99.7 JACK-FM and The game is a makeup contest for the January 4 postponed game.

Cowgirls – With the game tied at 54-54, the Cowgirls Allyson Fetig hit Grace Ellis for a game-winning layup with 2.7 seconds. Ellis would also add a free throw with .03 seconds to play for the final margin of victory.

“To Allyson’s credit, there was a lot of contact, but she was able to go up and get (the ball), keep her balance, and then Grace was able to get in and get the shot up,” said UW head coach Gerald Mattinson.

The Cowgirls trailed only one time during the game while leading 15-9 after the first quarter, 24-20 at the half, and 41-39 after three quarters.

The Cowgirls are now 2-2 in the Mountain West and 6-7 on the year. Air Force drops to 2-3 in conference and 8-8 for the season.

McKinley Bradshaw led the way for UW with 20 points.