Well game one is the books and the Wyoming Cowboys (1-0) had a great start to the season. The competition wasn't stiff but the Pokes did what they needed to do tonight. With the 92-58 victory featured a balanced attack that allowed nearly the entire roster to get some time on the court.
The real test will come on Tuesday when Wyoming travel travels to face Northern Colorado. The Pokes played Kean University a D3 school out of Union, NJ. Four players scored in double digits and every Cowboy that played saw at least 11 minutes on the court.
The defense for Wyoming was impressive: forcing 18 turnovers and holding the Cougars to 31% shooting from the field. The Cowboys held a 42-34 rebounding advantage. Awards and stats after the jump.
Just a few highlights here since this wasn't a major game.
- Djibril Thiam led the Pokes with 18 points, also had 6 rebounds. Shot 8 of 11 from the field.
- Great to see Afam Muojeke back on the court. Had 14 points and hit four treys in just 11 minutes!
Desmar Jackson had 12 points but led the Pokes with eight rebounds. Missed all three of his three point attempts.
- Amath M'Baye had a huge second half. 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals.
Daylen Harrison with 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks.
- Brian Gibson had the best game of the new players, six points and seven rebounds.
Wyoming shot 56% from the field was 7 of 23 on three pointers. Pokes went hit 15 of 18 free throw attempts. Compared to the scrimmage three point shooting went down while free throw shooting improved. Adam Waddell did not appear in the game.
Cowboy Joe: Afam Muojeke played 11 minutes tonight and was on fire! Didn't think he would play at all tonight but put 14 points and was dangerous from long distance. Pokes are dangerous with him in the lineup.
Cowboy Low: Joe Hudson made his debut for the Pokes but only hit one of his six shots. Will need to get more consistent if he wants to see more minutes this year.
Cowboy Foe: Jonathon Jones led all scorers with 24 points and accounted for half of his teams entire offense. No other Cougar had 10 double digit points.