LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Hayden Dalton scored 19 points with eight rebounds and led five players in double figures as Wyoming snapped a two-game skid, beating Utah State 95-87 on Wednesday night.
Dalton was 6 of 8 from the field and 5 of 5 from the line for the Cowboys (12-5, 2-2 Mountain West Conference). Alexander Aka Gorski added 18 points with six 3-pointers, Alan Herndon had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Jason McManamen had 11 points and Cody Kelley had 10.
Gorski sank a pair of 3-pointers early in the first half to get the Cowboys, who hit 12 3-pointers in the first half, off to a 15-8 start. Later, he made his sixth 3-pointer to push the Wyoming lead to 55-38 with 1:16 left before the break. The Cowboys cruised through the second half.
"Just an inexplicable first-half defensive performance. Just as soft as you can possibly be defensibly, we couldnt have been any softer," Utah State coach Tim Duryea said, according to utahstateaggies.com. "We gave them layups, 3-pointers, we gave them things against our man defense, things against our zone defense and things in transition. We have 39 points in the first half and shoot good percentages, but go into the break down 18, that is just inexplicable to me."
Jalen Moore scored 20 points and had five rebounds, one assist and a steal for the Aggies (8-8, 2-3), who entered the contest on a two-game winning streak. He moved to No. 15 on the Aggies' career scoring list with 1,399 career points.
Koby McEwen added 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals for Utah State, who travel to face San Diego State on Saturday. Sam Merrill also had 14 points for the Aggies, who cut the Wyoming lead to six points in the final minute but couldn't overcome allowing the Cowboys to shoot 50 percent from the field while hitting 13 3-pointers and 22 of 29 free throws.