Jordan Naughton

University of Wyoming senior forward Jordan Naughton dunks against the New Mexico Lobos at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The Lobos beat the Cowboys 78-68. Troy Babbitt/Special to WyoSports

LAS VEGAS -- Postgame interviews from the University of Wyoming's 78-68 loss to New Mexico in the first round of the Mountain West Men's Basketball Championships at the Thomas & Mack Center Wednesday.

UW ended the season with an 8-24 record, the most losses in school history. New Mexico (14-17) plays Utah State in the tournament's quarterfinals Thursday.

Senior guard Justin James had a solid game in his final one for UW. He had a game-high 31 points, and also had seven rebounds, four assists, one blocked shot and one steal. He also had seven turnovers.

UW led by as many as 16 points in the first half, 11 at halftime and 13 in the second half before New Mexico blew the game open with a 22-3 run in the second half.  The Cowboys cut the lead to one, but never re-took the lead.

For more on the game, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and check back to wyosports.net.

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