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Nevada struggles, falls to Wyoming
by Tribune Staff
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Nevada point guard Deonte Burton elevates in the lane while looking to pass against the defense of Wyoming's Larry Nancy Jr.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Nevada point guard Deonte Burton elevates in the lane while looking to pass against the defense of Wyoming's Larry Nancy Jr.
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RENO -- The Nevada men's basketball team was trying to win its first Mountain West Conference game in school history Saturday. However, many of the 6,282 in attendance probably thought the Wolf Pack got confused.

Nevada struggled and didn't do much to help its cause in the afternoon tilt against Wyoming (14-1, 1-1). Not much went right for the Wolf Pack, which is in its first year of MWC play, on the offensive end of the floor as it was saddled with a 59-48 loss by the visiting Cowboys.

The Wolf Pack (9-7, 0-2) was prone to stagnant offensive play Saturday and the result was a porous shooting performance. Nevada finished the game shooting just 18-of-62 (29 percent). That shooting number gets even worse when Wolf Pack point guard Deonte Burton's numbers are taken out of the equation.

Burton scored 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting, meaning the rest of the Nevada roster was 10-of-49 (20 percent).

Those weren't the only abysmal numbers for Nevada. The Wolf Pack missed its first 14 3-point attempts of the game. It's only make of the conference clash came from Burton, with 27 seconds to go on the game clock and when the game was virtually over.

Nevada was not good from the charity stripe either as it connected on just 11-of-24 (46 percent) foul shots.

Despite all that, Nevada was in contention through much of the contest. The Wolf Pack led 20-17 at the half, but the solid defense that contested most of Wyoming's first-half shots collapsed after the break as the Cowboys put up 42 points in the second 20 minutes of play.

Jordan Burris drove the baseline and got a runner to fall with 10:08 to go in the game. That bucket left Nevada down by just four, 34-30.

That's as good as it got for the hosts. Wyoming answered with a 13-2 outburst capped by a Josh Adams dunk with 5:01 showing on the game clock. Wyoming forged ahead 47-32 with the key spurt.

Nevada scored six straight points, trimming the lead back to single digits, 47-38 at the 3:21 mark of the second half. However, Wyoming scored six of the next eight points and Nevada would never get within single digits again.

After Burton, no other Nevada player had more than seven points. Only four other Pack players even found the scoring column. Nevada's second-leading scorer on the season, Malik Story, was limited to six points on 2-of-14 shooting.

Leonard Washington scored 16 points and Riley Grabau chipped in 12 to pace Wyoming.

Nevada is off until Jan. 19 when it plays at Fresno State.

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