LARAMIE, Wyo. (Feb. 11, 2014) – Junior guard Riley Grabau posted 17 points and junior forward Larry Nance Jr. chipped in 14 to guide the University of Wyoming men’s basketball team to a thrilling 68-62 upset of No. 5 San Diego State on Tuesday night in the Arena-Auditorium.
The Cowboys (15-9, 6-5 MW) earned their first upset of a top-five opponent since 1998, while breaking a 20-game winning streak for the Aztecs (21-2, 10-1 MW).
“I am so proud of the guys on this team,” UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. “I told them after the Vegas game the other day that there may not be many people who will tell you the truth, but I’m going to tell you the truth, ‘You’re a heck of a team.
You compete. You’ve been in five last possession games this year, and won three of those. You’re winners and somewhere there is a rainbow coming.’ I didn’t know it was coming tonight, but thank heaven it did.”
The Pokes led by as many as 16 points midway through the second half, thanks to multiple dunks from Nance and fellow junior forward Derek Cooke Jr., but the Aztecs refused to go quietly. SDSU cut the lead to single digits with just over four minutes remaining and clawed within four points with 40 seconds left.
A free throw from senior guard Nathan Sobey and one from redshirt senior guard Jerron Granberry would be the only points scored the rest of the game, as the Cowboys held the Aztecs off the scoreboard to pull the upset.
Wyoming held SDSU to its third-lowest point total this season and is now one of only two schools (Wichita State) in the nation to not allow 75 points this season.