Mbunga scores 23 as Montana St. beats Wyoming at Casper Shootout

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP)—Divaldo Mbunga scored 23 points and Montana State survived a late Wyoming rally for a 79-72 win at the Wyoming Shootout on Saturday.

Mbunga helped put the game away with six free throws in the final 3 minutes after Brandon Ewing scored six straight Wyoming points to give the Cowboys a 64-62 lead.

Carlos Taylor and Casey Durham each scored 14 points for MSU (5-4), and Phil Friesen added 10. Ryan Dermody led Wyoming (4-4) with 17 points.

Ewing finished with 14 points and nine assists. Travis Nelson added 14 points, and Eric Platt scored 11.

The Bobcats got ahead 14-7 on an 8-0 run that included six straight points by Bobby Howard.

Wyoming responded with a 13-1 run later in the first half and took a 31-27 lead at the half. Montana State opened the second half with a 19-9 run to take a 46-40 lead with 13:40 to go.

Ewing converted a three-point play with 8:34 remaining that put the Cowboys back up 55-52, but Mbunga scored four straight to help the Bobcats regain a 58-55 lead.

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 Montana St.
D. Mbunga D. Mbunga
7-11,  23 Pts
8 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Wyoming
T. Nelson T. Nelson
5-6,  14 Pts
4 Rebs, 0 Assists

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