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Cats Lose in Laramie, 70-61 to Wyoming

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LARAMIE, WYO. -- Montana State finished with advantages in several statistical categories but couldn't keep Wyoming off the free throw line Sunday, and the Cowboys used that advantage to top MSU 70-61 in Laramie.

Wyoming scored 14 of its last 16 points from on free throws and held Montana State to eight points in the game's final six minutes, pulling way from the Bobcats late. But for much of the game, the visitors controlled the tempo and the score.

"I loved the tempo, I loved our guys' effort, we just made too many mental mistakes," Bobcat coach Brian Fish said. "Our guys got after it and played really hard. They competed."

Montana State led for portions of each half, including a 49-45 edge with 11:37 to pay. But a pair of Riley Grabau free throws at eight minutes left, followed by Grabau trey on Wyoming's next trip down the floor, gave UW the lead. It wouldn't trail again.

Marcus Colbert scored 18 points to lead the Bobcats, and he dished out five assists. He was important early, scoring a pair of baskets around the first media time out to keep MSU close. He hit a three-pointer with 4:37 to play in the half to tie the score, and his jumper in the second half gave MSU a 45-42 lead.

The junior guard was not alone in providing good work. Terrell Brown scored 14 points with five boards, hitting a pair of second half half shots that built MSU's lead to it's zenith. Eric Norman grabbed a team-high six boards off the bench, and Danny Robison added eight points and five rebounds.

Wyoming utilized it's athleticism to draw 28 Bobcat fouls while being whistled for just 15. The Cowboys finished 25-34 from the line, MSU 9-15. Each team shot lights out in the first half, Wyoming shooting 64% and MSU 58%, but cooled in the second. MSU finished at 44%, Wyoming at 57%.

"That's a good team," Fish said of the Cowboys. "They're long and athletic. But I'm proud of our guys. We just have to clean some things up."

MSU plays at South Dakota Thursday at 6:30 pm MT.


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