LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Aqeel Quinn scored 14 points and Winston Shepard had 10 points and six rebounds as San Diego State snapped No. 25 Wyoming’s 13-game, home-winning streak with a 60-52 victory on Wednesday night.
In a game featuring two of the top four defensive teams in the NCAA, San Diego State (13-4, 3-1 Mountain West) relied on strong play from its reserves, who outscored the Cowboys’ reserves 24-0.
Trey Kell led the Aztecs’ bench players with 12 points, including making 9-of-10 free throws in the second half.
Wyoming (15-2, 4-1) lost its first conference game of the season just three days after the Cowboys broke into the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1988.
Larry Nance Jr. led the Cowboys with 19 points and eight rebounds. Josh Adams contributed 14 points.
The Aztecs avenged losses over the last two years when it came to Laramie ranked. Last year, San Diego State was ranked No. 5 when it fell to the Cowboys.
San Diego State had a 34-26 edge on the boards, including a 13-5 advantage on the offensive end. That resulted in the Aztecs gaining a 15-2 margin on second-chance points.
The Aztecs led 26-24 at halftime thanks to a full-court pressure defense that forced eight turnovers in the first half.
San Diego State built a 12-point lead with 8:36 remaining after Kell and Dakarai Allen hit consecutive 3-pointers.
Wyoming got no closer than five points twice in the last 2 minutes.
Wyoming entered the game third in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 52.2 points a game. San Diego State is fourth with 53.5.
It was the 75th game between Wyoming and San Diego State, and Wyoming holds a 39-36 advantage in the series. The Aztecs are just 9-26 in Laramie. Steve Fisher’s teams have won seven of nine at Laramie.
Wyoming travels to Fresno State on Saturday.
San Diego State is home against UNLV on Saturday.
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