Cowboys fall in semi-final game, play today for 3rd Place

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November 21, 2022 — The Cowboys could not overcome cold shooting in the opening 20 minutes in a 61-56 loss to Missouri Valley Conference preseason favorite Drake on Sunday afternoon in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Trailing 34-18 at the end of the first half, the Cowboys (3-2) opened the second half on a 20-6 run to pull within two points, 40-38, with 12:12 remaining in the final half.

Drake (4-0) would stretch the lead to six, 44-38, over the next couple of minutes and still hold a six-point margin, 48-42, with just short of five minutes on the clock. Wyoming would the lead to three, 59-56, on a three-point shot by Xavier DuSell with 19-seconds remaining but could not get closer.

 “That is a good team who will be right in the thick of the NCAA Tournament and will probably win a very good league,” UW head coach Jeff Linder said. “That is a team that is together, and we need to understand who we are, and we found that in the second half.”

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Wyoming was led for the second straight game by guard Hunter Maldonado with 20 points, going 6-of-9 from the field, along with five rebounds. It was Maldonado’s 133rd game in a Wyoming uniform, tying him with Alan Herndon for the all-time lead at Wyoming. DuSell added 13 points in his first start of the season.

The Cowboys will play for third place today against Boston College (3-2). The Eagle lost 70-54 to Tarleton (3-1) on Sunday. The game will be broadcast on WyoRadio’s 99.7 JACK-FM and 99KSIT.com, with tipoff scheduled for 3:45 p.m.

Cowgirls will play Tuesday

Coming off a Friday win over Denver, the Wyoming Cowgirls (1-2) will host Regis on Tuesday in the annual Education Day Game. The game will be broadcast on WyoRadio’s 1360/103.5 KRKK and 1360KRKK.com. Tipoff will be 11:30 a.m.

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