February 16, 2022 — The 22nd-ranked Cowboys saw their six-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday evening, falling 75-66 at New Mexico inside the Pit. The loss dropped the Pokes into a first-place tie with Boise State at 10-2 in the Mountain West. Wyoming is now 21-4 on the season. For New Mexico, it was their third straight win, upping their Mountain West record to 3-8 in conference and 11-14 for the year.
“Give New Mexico credit, and they made some tough shots,” UW head coach Jeff Linder said. “It was a make or miss game, and we had a lot of looks, and it didn’t go in. We have been making those winning plays late, but tonight we didn’t. It is disappointing, and we can’t let this affect us.”
Wyoming was led by Graham Ike’s 26 points, 24 of those in the second half of the contest. Jeremiah Oden added 14 points for the Pokes and was 5-of-5 from the field. The Pokes’ second-leading scorer Hunter Maldonado was only 8 points, 11 below his season average.
New Mexico led 33-30 at the first-half break. Ike would help the Pokes build the lead to seven points in the opening minutes of the second half thanks to a pair of made shot and-one plays. But the Pokes would record four turnovers in just over two minutes allowing the Lobos to make it a three-point game at 41-38 with 14 minutes remaining.
The Lobos Jamal Mashburn Jr. tied the game with a layup at the 11:29 mark. Mashburn would then give the Lobos the lead with a pair of free throws seconds later. Maldonado added a bucket and later a free throw to push the Pokes back into the lead at 46-45 halfway through the second half. It would turn out to be Wyoming’s last lead of the game.
New Mexico enjoyed a six-point lead, 55-49, with 6:44 to play. Ike made two free throws to cut the Lobo lead o 55-51 with 6:29 to play. That is as close as the Cowboys would come to regaining the lead until Oden scored on a layup to bring Wyoming within three points, 66-63, with 1:48 to go.
A Jay Allen-Tovar three-point shot gave New Mexico a 71-65 lead with 43-seconds left on the clock to seal the win.
The Cowboys return to action on Saturday, hosting Air Force in the Arena-Auditorium for a 2 p.m. start.