LARAMIE, Wyo. (KWSN) —Wyoming guard Riley Grabau made four three-pointers and scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Cowboys to a 70-53 win against South Dakota Friday night inside Arena-Auditorium.
Wyoming (4-1) improved to 4-0 on its home court while the Coyotes’ (0-3) three losses have all come on the road. The two teams will meet again on a neutral court in Rapid City, S.D., on Dec. 7. It is the fifth season in a row these two programs have met and the Cowboys have won four out of five.
Junior guard Brandon Bos had 12 points to lead South Dakota. The Coyotes shot a season-low 31 percent from the field (20 of 63) and were 6 of 24 from three-point range. Wyoming made half of the 46 shots it took and was 9 of 17 from behind the arc.
Wyoming junior forward Derek Cooke Jr. scored 12 points on 6 of 7 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds for his second career double-double. The Cowboys also got 12 points off the bench from senior guard Jerron Granberry.
Junior guard Tavian Pomlee came off the bench and scored his first 10 points as a Coyote. Senior center Trevor Gruis had eight points and 10 boards.
Wyoming’s Charles Hankerson Jr. scored seven of his nine points during a 10-0 run in the first half that turned a two-point lead into a 26-14 advantage with 8:36 to play in the first half. The Coyotes scored the first six points of the second half to get within seven at 40-33, but Wyoming out-scored USD 16-6 over the next 10 minutes en route to the win.
South Dakota wraps up a four-game road trip Monday at Texas State before opening at home Nov. 30 against Graceland.
Courtesy: University of South Dakota