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Wyoming beats Northern Colorado, 76-70

Dec 13, 2009 - 12:56 AM CASPER, Wyo.(AP)(AP) -- Afam Muojeke scored 15 points as Wyoming held off Northern Colorado 76-70 Saturday in the Wyoming Shootout.

The Cowboys (5-4) appeared to have the game in hand, leading 50-40 with 10 minutes left, but Devon Beitzel scored eight straight to cut the lead to two. Wyoming answered with 12 points from Muojeke and five points each from Waddell and JayDee Luster to weather the storm.

Muojeke was 8 of 8 from the free-throw line in the final 42 seconds of the game. Neither team shot the ball well from the field and the difference came from the free-throw line, as Wyoming was 31 of 43, including 17 of 23 in the second half. Northern Colorado hit 10 of 18 free throws, but just 3 of 10 in the second half.

Beitzel led the Bears (8-2) with 25 points, followed by Chris Kaba with 18 and Will Figures with 10.

Waddell scored 13 for Wyoming and Desmar Jackson added 11.