LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- Brandon Ewing scored 23 points, including
four three-pointers, as Wyoming beat New Mexico 77-70 in Mountain
West Conference play Saturday.
The Lobos made a late run, converting three consecutive
three-point plays. David Chiotti's three-point play with 50.5
seconds left brought New Mexico (11-6, 2-2 Mountain West
Conference) within 71-66.
But Wyoming (10-7, 3-1) weathered the storm with strong
free-throw shooting, hitting 17 of its last 18 attempts.
The Cowboys outscored the Lobos 11-4 to start the second half,
going up 38-37 with 15:52 left. They went on a 9-3 run later in the
period, gaining their biggest lead up to that point at 53-46 with
9:54 to go.
New Mexico shot poorly from the free-throw line, making only
nine of 19 attempts, for 47.4 percent. Wyoming hit 18 of 21
attempts in the game, for 85.7 percent.
New Mexico's Mark Walters led all scorers in the game with 26
points. Chiotti added 19 for the Lobos.
Walters hit his first three shots and grabbed two steals as New
Mexico outscored Wyoming 10-3 to start the game. The Cowboys came
back with a 10-2 run to take a 13-12 lead with 11:19 to go.
After that, the lead changed 7 times before a final 9-0 New
Mexico run, highlighted by three-pointers from Walters and Chiotti,
put the Lobos up 33-27 at halftime.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to College Park for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.