No. 15 Aztecs can’t overcome nine-point half

LARAMIE, Wyo. – Leonard Washington had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Wyoming held No. 15 San Diego State to nine first-half points in a 58-45 victory on Saturday.

Larry Nance Jr. added 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Derrious Gilmore had 13 points for the Cowboys (15-2, 2-2 Mountain West), who snapped a five-game losing streak to San Diego State.

The Aztecs (14-4, 2-2) dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season. San Diego State lost to UNLV 82-75 on Wednesday.

Jamaal Franklin led the Aztecs with 13 points – five points below his season average. The Aztecs shot 29 percent (17-for-59) from the field, making only 2 of 18 3-point attempts. The 45 points were their lowest of the season.

“I didn’t feel an excitement and an energy in the locker room that you have to have,” San Diego State coach Steve Fisher said. “It didn’t appear that we had an edge about us that was conveyed just by a look and a feel and a squirming in your seat. … They had that. I could sense that from the opening tip, and we didn’t.”

Both teams improved their shooting in the second half, but San Diego State was never able to mount a serious challenge, getting no closer than 42-35 with 3:57 remaining.

■ UNR 68, Fresno State 61 – At Fresno, Calif., Malik Story scored 24 points, Deonte Burton added 22 and the Wolf Pack cashed in from the free-throw line to defeat the Bulldogs.

UNR (10-7, 1-2) was held to 37.8 percent shooting from the field but was 30 of 37 from the free-throw line. Jerry Evans Jr. hit a free throw with 4:01 left to make the score 55-54, and the Wolf Pack never trailed again.

Tyler Johnson led Fresno State (7-10, 1-3) with 16 points, and Cimarron-Memorial product Kevin Olekaibe scored 10.

■ Air Force 91, Boise State 80 – At Air Force Academy, Colo., Michael Lyons scored a career-high 37 points, leading the Falcons (10-6, 2-2) over the Broncos (13-4, 1-2).

Lyons’ output was the most points scored by an Air Force player since Jarmica Reese had 40 against UNLV on Jan. 10, 1998.

Ryan Watkins had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead Boise State.

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