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UW men’s basketball beats Nevada on the road, improves to 13–2

Arena-Auditorium on the UW campus in Laramie. (Briar Napier/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming men’s basketball’s great start to the year just got even better.

The Cowboys defeated Nevada 77–67 on Monday night in the Mountain West Conference play in Reno, Nevada, improving their record to 13–2 for their best record through 15 games since the 2014-15 season, UW’s last that it appeared in the NCAA Tournament.

Sophomore forward Graham Ike finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds in a 26-minute double-double, while senior guard Drake Jeffries knocked down six 3-pointers — all in the first half — en route to a 20-point performance. Senior guard Hunter Maldonado flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 11 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.

Wyoming shot 10 for 25 from beyond the 3-point line, led by Jeffries’s six triples and two 3-pointers from Pine Bluffs grad and senior forward Hunter Thompson. The Cowboys took a 40–38 lead entering halftime and never lost it again, holding Nevada to just 8-for-32 shooting (25%) in the second half.

The Pokes beat the Wolfpack (8–7) even without third-leading scorer Xavier DuSell (10.8 points per game), who was inactive Monday after suffering an injury late in the second half in Wyoming’s win this past Saturday at Utah State.

Wyoming will return home to play San Jose State — its first game in Laramie since December 11 — at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Arena-Auditorium on the UW campus.