Not the way the Wyoming men’s team wanted to end its season.
But it was a familiar one.
Eighth-seeded UW lost to ninth-seeded TCU 70-61 in Wednesday’s play-in game at the Mountain West Conference Tournament here at the Thomas & Mack Center.
UW finished 10-21 for the second straight season, and lost the play-in game at this event for the third time in the last four years.
The Cowboys showed their typical weaknesses: poor shooting, poor defense and poor ball security.
They shot 37.5 percent, including 27.6 percent in the first half. They made three field goals in the first 13 minutes of the game.
They committed 17 turnovers, which resulted in 19 TCU points.
TCU shot 48.3 percent and 54.5 percent in the second half. The Horned Frogs made 5 of 10 3-pointers, and all but four of their points came from their starters.
But for as poorly as UW played, it only trailed 27-24 at halftime and took the lead at 42-41 with 13:26 to play. But TCU went on runs of 9-0 and 7-1 after that to put the game away.
“They got the lead on us in the second half and we panicked a little bit,” interim coach Fred Langley said. … “To TCU’s credit they reacted quickly. When they did that I think we took a punch and it kind of stunned us.”
A lot of the questions with Langley and the players quickly turned to the future. See my game story in Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle www.wyomingnews.com and Laramie Boomerang www.laramieboomerang for more on that.
Although he didn’t come out for the post-game interview session, I asked sophomore guard Desmar Jackson about his future at UW after this season prior to the team’s arrival here.
“I haven’t made any decisions yet,” he said.