Wyoming Slips Past Washington State, 49-47

Dec. 22, 2004

Associated Press Writer

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Dion Sherrell hit two free throws with 14.2 secondsleft and Derek Wabbington iced the game with one final foul shot as Wyomingbeat Washington State 49-47 on Wednesday night.

It was the fifth consecutive game decided by five or fewer points for theCowboys (6-3).

Wyoming led 43-29 with 5:03 left, but Washington State (5-4) got a pair of3-pointers from Thomas Kelati and the Cowboys hit just five of 13 free throwsin the second half before Sherrell's.

Jeff Varem scored a layup with 7.6 seconds left to bring the Cougars within48-45. Wabbington went to the line with 6.7 seconds left; he missed the firstfree throw, but hit the second to put the game away.

Varem had an uncontested dunk with 1.3 seconds left, but there wasn't timefor the Cougars to score again.

Jay Straight led Wyoming with 13 points, all in the first half. JustinWilliams had 10 rebounds.

Kelati led Washington State with 16 points.

The Cowboys at first seemed stumped by Washington State's aggressivedefense, falling behind 10-4 in the opening minutes.

But Wyoming found its touch from 3-point range, and a 14-0 run put theCowboys up for good. Straight tied the game 10-10 on a driving layup with 8:17left in the first half, then hit a 3-pointer - the first 3-pointer of the game- for the go-ahead basket.

Meanwhile, the Cougars hit a shooting slump, going scoreless almost 7minutes before Kelati hit a 3-pointer to pull the visitors within 18-13.Washington State hit just 6-of-25 from the field in the first half.

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