Wyoming loses 67-58 in OT to No. 24 SDSU
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wyoming seemed every bit capable of beating San Diego State, which would have been a devastating fourth straight loss for the Aztecs.
Up by nine points with 11:10 to play, the Cowboys couldn't hold on. No. 24 San Diego State caught them in regulation, and then won 67-58 in overtime.
Jamaal Franklin scored the first five points of overtime and finished with 12 overall for the Aztecs.
The Aztecs (21-6, 7-4 Mountain West) avoided what would have been their first four-game losing streak since February 2005.
Wyoming (18-9, 4-7), lost its fourth straight and for the fifth time in six games.
"We were trying to slow it down and play at our pace," said Wyoming's JayDee Luster, who went to high school in San Diego. "I think it worked for the most part, but then at the end, we didn't make the plays we needed to win."
Wyoming also had second-half leads on the road against Colorado State and New Mexico before losing.
"I don't know if this one, I felt better about or worse," Cowboys coach Larry Shyatt said. "All three, we gave ourselves opportunities to win."
Both teams had chances to win in regulation. With the score tied at 55, San Diego State's Chase Tapley missed a layup with 3 seconds left. Wyoming's Luke Martinez couldn't hold onto a pass and time appeared to expire. But the referees put 0.7 seconds back on the clock and Larry Nance Jr. missed a shot at the buzzer.
Franklin, returning after missing a loss at Air Force with a sprained left ankle, opened overtime by putting back his own missed shot and converting a three-point play. Tapley had a steal and a layup to give SDSU a 62-55 lead with 2:08 left in the extra period.
Franklin and Tapley, SDSU's leading scorers, had only six points each in regulation. Franklin scored six in the overtime while Tapley had four. Tapley and Tim Shelton finished with 10 apiece.