James with 23 points leads Wyoming over Grambling 86-78
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) Justin James scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Wyoming edged Grambling 86-78 on Wednesday night.
Hunter Maldonado added 21 points and a team-high 12 rebounds for the Cowboys (1-2). Trevon Taylor scored 21 points off the bench and contributed seven rebounds and Jake Hendricks chipped in 13 points.
Wyoming had 10 team steals contributing to 15 Grambling turnovers.
Taylor's 3-pointer early in the first half gave the Cowboys a lead they would not relinquish and a Hendricks 3 later in the half made it 31-21. Wyoming was up 52-52 at the break.
Grambling trailed throughout the second half - and starters Devante Jackson and Zavier Peart both fouled out - but Anthony Gaston drained two 3-pointers in the final four minutes to help cut it to 84-76 with 1:22 left.
Dallas Polk-Hillard scored 14 points with five rebounds for the Tigers (1-1). Axel Mpoyo added 13 points.
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