Utah didn't play, but it doesn't mean there weren't some important Mountain West games today.
Frogs route CowboysTCU ran past Wyoming Saturday afternoon, embarrassing the Cowboys 83-46 in both teams' second conference game of the season. The Frogs are now 1-1 on the season, while Wyoming dropped to 0-2. TCU pretty much rolled from the start, jumping out to a 13-0 lead and they cruised from there.
Leading the Frogs was Henry Salter with 20 points, while the Cowboys got 17 from Brandon Ewing. Wyoming only made 2 three pointers on the day, shooting a woeful .125%. Ouch.
For TCU, this was a must win. The Frogs had dropped their last conference game to San Diego State on the road and generally when a team falls down 0-2 this early, they become a non-factor in the title race. Unfortunately for Wyoming, that's exactly where they find themselves. And it won't get much easier for the Cowboys, as they host Air Force at home Wednesday.
Falcons stun RebelsTim Anderson scored 27 points to lead Air Force to a stunning 12 point win over UNLV, only the Rebels 4th loss on the season. Air Force had entered the game 8-6 and were coming off a 22 point drubbing to the Utes last week, but the Falcons blew the game open late in the second half and never really looked back, coasting to the 65-53 victory.
For the Rebels, Curtis Terry had 12 points, the lone player to reach double digits for UNLV. The Rebels were held to only 36% shooting from the field and 29% from outside, well below their season average. Both Air Force and UNLV are 1-1 in Mountain West play.
Cougars roll past RamsBYU rolled in its first conference win of the season, beating Colorado State 92-73. Trent Plaisted and Jonathan Tavernari both scored 25 points for the Cougars, who far outmanned the struggling Rams. Colorado State was led by Marcus Walker, who scored 24 points, but it wasn't enough to help them to victory. CSU, clearly at a height disadvantage, were outscored 39-10 in the paint and allowed multiple runs throughout the game that killed any chance of a comeback.
Aztecs get rare win at New MexicoForget Northern Colorado, the Aztecs brushed off that loss early in the week and shocked New Mexico, giving the Lobos their first home loss of the season. It was an effort which took a solid comeback, as New Mexico led by 14 at one point in the first half. The Aztecs, though, fought back and eventually won the game, running their record to 2-0 in Mountain West play.
San Diego State was led by Lorenzo Wade, who scored 23 points -- 19 of which were in the second half. J.R. Giddens had 24 points for the Lobos in the losing effort. San Diego State will host Utah Wednesday, while New Mexico travels to play TCU.
Conference Standings as of 1-12-08
|San Diego State||2-0||12-4|