LARAMIE – The University of Wyoming men’s basketball team ran into a hot-shooting San Diego State team during a 84-54 loss Tuesday night at Viejas Arena in San Diego.
The Cowboys fell to 4-12 overall, 0-3 in the Mountain West, has lost eight of their past 10 games and suffered their most lopsided loss of the season. The 54 points are the second-lowest offensive output this season.
UW has lost 11 straight games at San Diego State (9-6, 1-1). The last time the Cowboys won at San Diego State was 2007. All of those losses have been by nine points or more.
UW never led, and San Diego State did most of its damage during the first half. The Aztecs made nine first-half 3-pointers, and shot 58.6 percent from the field and 9 of 15 from behind the arc for a 48-25 halftime lead. The 48 points allowed in the first half ties a season-high for UW.
The Cowboys also were outrebounded 21-8 during the first half.
San Diego State made its first two 3-pointers to start the second half, and the final score matched its largest lead of the game. The Aztecs shot 50.9 percent in the game (29 of 57), and were 12 of 24 from behind the arc.
UW committed 12 of its 16 turnovers during the second half.
The Cowboys had only seven scholarship players due to injuries, suspensions and player attrition. Senior guard Justin James, who injured his right ankle and left shoulder last Saturday at UNLV, had 18 points, six rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes. James moved into UW’s top 10 in field goals made in a career with 565.
Redshirt freshman forward Hunter Thompson had 11 points, including three 3-pointers. True freshman wing T.J. Taylor added 10 points.
San Diego State was without senior starting guard Jeremy Hemsley because of an illness. Hemsley, a starter, averages 9.6 points per game. The Aztecs also were without 6-10 junior forward Nolan Narain because of a concussion. The Aztecs didn’t miss them as they had four players score in double figures, led by 6-foot-10 sophomore forward Jalen McDaniels with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore forward Matt Mitchell added 20 points, and made all four of his 3-point shots.
UW returns home to play Utah State at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Arena-Auditorium.