Colorado State upsets Wyoming 68-63 in MWC play-in game

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LAS VEGAS (AP)—Marcus Walker scored 22 points and Andre McFarland had 18 to lead Colorado State to a 68-63 win over Wyoming in Wednesday’s play-in game of the Mountain West Conference tournament.

Walker added five assists and shot 9-of-17 from the field, while McFarland was 4-of-6 from 3-point range.

Ninth seeded Colorado State (7-24) did not win a regular-season conference game in 16 tries. The victory ended a 17-game losing streak and keep their season alive for another day.

The Rams will play top-seeded BYU in the quarterfinal round Thursday afternoon.

No. 8 Wyoming (12-18) was led by Brandon Ewing’s 29 points, 19 coming in the first-half. Ewing was 13-of-13 from the free-throw line.

Wyoming built its largest lead of the game, 46-39, with 14:33 left. But the Rams went on a 17-4 run and took the lead for good at 51-50 with 9:10 left on a layup by Adam Nigon.

The Cowboys trailed 64-63 when Ewing went for a go-ahead layup with 32 seconds left in the game but was stripped by Nigon. After two free-throws from Walker with 28 seconds left, Ewing missed a potential tying 3-pointer from the left arc with 17 seconds left.

Willis Gardner later made two free throws to seal the win.

CSU’s Nigon and Wyoming’s Brad Jones had 10 points each.

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Marcus Walker Marcus Walker
9-17,  22 Pts
2 Rebs, 5 Assists
Brandon Ewing Brandon Ewing
7-14,  29 Pts
1 Rebs, 1 Assists

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