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Wyoming holds off Denver for 71-61 win
By ROB BLACK, Associated Press Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP)—Luke Martinez scored 25 points and Larry Nance Jr. 21, both career highs, to lead Wyoming over Denver 71-61 on Tuesday night.

Derrious Gilmore added 12 points for the Cowboys, who shot 65 percent from the floor and are off to an 11-0 start for the first time since 1987-88.

Martinez was 9 of 12 from the floor, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range, and Nance was 11 of 11 from the free throw line.

Chris Udofia had a season-high 26 points and Royce O’Neale 12 for Denver (3-6).

Wyoming never trailed but couldn’t build a comfortable lead. A 13-point advantage shrunk to six in the final minutes, but Leonard Washington’s layup and free throw left Wyoming up 69-60 with 1:03 remaining and blunted the Pioneers’ last surge.

Gilmore’s 3-pointer gave the Cowboys a 46-36 lead with 13:32 remaining, but Denver trimmed the lead to 48-43 after Cam Griffin dunked, then stole the ball and hit a free throw.

Wyoming built its largest margin at 60-47 after two free throws by Gilmore with 4:33 left.

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