Wyoming Evens Series at 1-1 vs. Coastal Carolina in 2017 CBI Championship

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2017

Wyoming's Justin James (1) moves the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Boise State in Boise, Idaho, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Boise State won 91-87. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)
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Wyoming apparently wasn't ready for its season to end just yet.

Justin James scored 21 points and Alexander Aka Gorski added 17 off the bench, as the Cowboys forced a decisive Game 3 with an 81-57 blowout of Coastal Carolina in Wednesday's second game of the CBI championship.

The two teams will play a deciding third game Friday night. Coastal Carolina won Game 1, 91-81, but its potential close-out game provided a complete opposite backdrop.

Wyoming shot 45.5 percent from the floor and knocked down 12 threes, dominating on both ends of the floor. James shot 8-of-13 from the field while adding eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks. He was the only Cowboys starter in double figures.

Aka Gorski did his scoring in massive bursts, knocking down five threes in 14 minutes on his way to an impressive 17-point effort. He didn't make his first bucket until there was 1:13 remaining in the first half but helped put a dagger in with a red-hot stretch in the middle of the second half. Five of his six field goals came during a five-minute stretch that put Wyoming up 27 points.

Ahead by only six at the break, the Cowboys outscored Coastal Carolina 48-30 in the second half.

The Chanticleers shot 31.3 percent from the floor, including a dismal 5-of-26 rate from beyond the arc. No player scored more than 10 points, and only one (Joseph Williams-Powell) made half his shots. Artur Labinowicz and Elijah Wilson led the way with 10 points apiece.

In their win Monday, six players were in double figures.

Both teams will be looking to take home their first postseason basketball championship. Wyoming nearly won the NIT in 1986 before losing to Ohio State in the championship, while Coastal Carolina made a run to the semifinals of the CIT last year.

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