Raise your hand if you saw this one coming. OK, put your hand down liar. Something really clicked on Saturday for the Wyoming Cowboy basketball team and the coach, players and fans all loved it. After a rough start it was great to see a large victory by the Pokes who now improve to 3-5 on the year.
It was truly a team effort as five players reached double figures in scoring and the team also forced 22 turnovers. It was easily the best defensive performance of the season and the built on their success as the game progressed. Late in the game a number of players were taken off the court and received standing ovations, that is something that has been a rare site in the AA the past few years. Hopefully it will be a more common occurrence over the next few weeks and months.
This game was part of the MWC/MVC Challenge where nine games were played between Mountain West and Missouri Valley schools. The MWC won the challenge this 8-1 after falling 4-5 last year. The game was close in the beginning and Indiana State held a 12-7 lead five minutes in to the game. Once Wyoming got things going they never looked back. Check out the chart below for the scoring progression.
Jaydee Luster had his best game of the year while putting up 15 points and hitting all six of his free throw attempts. Desmar Jackson put 17 to lead the Pokes and also have five steals. Amath M'Baye had 12 points while Djibril Thiam and Afam Muojeke each added 10 a piece. The Pokes shot 50% from the field, 33% on 3's and 75% on FT's.
Indiana State was in trouble all night with their shooting due to the aggressive Wyoming defense. They hit just 29.4% of their shots from the field and only Dwayne Latham was able to make a three pointer. Latham led all scorers with 18 points, teammate Jake Kelly scored 15 and was the only other Sycamore with more than 6 points. The one big stat that did go the favor of Indiana State was rebounding. On offensive rebounds they held a 20 to 11 advantage and 40 to 30 overall.
Wyoming has several days off before heading to Cali to take on the UC-Irvine Anteaters. This should be a good match up for Wyoming but they will need to win on the road. Something they've failed to do in four attempts this year.
Cowboy Joe:Coach Schroyer deserves some praise for getting the team ready and having them really produce. He has been under plenty of heat the last couple years so it is time acknowledge a job well done. Hope this inspired play continues.
Cowboy Low: Daylen Harrison played nine and missed both of his shots. The only Cowboy that went scoreless in the game.
Cowboy Foe: Dwayne Latham was the only Sycamore that had a strong performance, without him this could have been a 40 point loss.