That wasn’t the way the Wyoming men’s basketball team wanted its season to end — a 59-43 loss at Texas A&M Wednesday night in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational.
In a nutshell, UW (18-15) picked a bad time to have its worst offensive game of the season. The 43 points was a season-low, as was its 29.8 percent shooting from the field and its 14 baskets made. It also didn’t help that the Cowboys were outrebounded 41-27 and was 5 of 24 from 3-point range.
The guys UW needed to produce didn’t. Sophomore guard Josh Adams, who averaged 24 points and shot 55 percent in his previous four games, had just five points on 2 of 8 shooting. Senior guard Nathan Sobey had nine points on 4 of 11 shooting and junior guard Riley Grabau was scoreless on 0 of 4 shooting.
Texas A&M’s size along the frontcourt had a lot to do with UW’s offensive struggles. It also did a good job of preventing the Cowboys from driving to the basket and getting points inside. UW had only 14 points in the paint, which was a season-low. UW has relied more on the 3 since the injury to junior forward Larry Nance Jr. on Feb. 18, but it also needed to drive the ball to the basket more and get to the free throw line.
The Cowboys were 10 of 12 from the line, but all of those attempts came in the second half.