Wyoming Cruz's Past Northern Colorado 75-56

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 09: Greg Hill #25 of the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs tries to steal the ball from Francisco Cruz #4 of the Wyoming Cowboys during the first round of the Conoco Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center March 9, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. TCU won 70-61. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Final - 11.15.2011 1 2 Total
Northern Colorado Bears 14 42 56
Wyoming Cowboys 32 43 75

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Two games and two wins for the Wyoming Cowboys under new coach Larry Shyatt.  And this victory is much moreimpressive since the Pokes defeated a fellow D1 school in the Northern Colorado Bears.  Last year this was an ugly loss for the Pokes in Greeley. 

Entering the game Wyoming was 6.5 point underdogs but put on a strong push in the final ten minutes of the first half to create a halftime margin of 43-14.  The Pokes started game off slow and quickly found themselves in a 7-0 hole.  The difference between this year's team is that they dug down defensively at that point and fought their way back.  This year the Pokes are showing much more discipline and focus when playing defense.  

Despite struggling from the field in the first half Wyoming stayed aggressive and got most of their points at the free throw line.  On the night Wyoming finished 29 of 37 from the charity stripe a solid 78%.  There were a total of 58 fouls called in the game as the refs had plenty of influence on the game.  

We didn't include any individual stats in our recap because we wanted to save that for the awards that appear after the jump.

Cowboy Joe:  Francisco Cruz has really done a fantastic job this season after spending summer playing with the Mexican National team at the Pan American Games.  He's lost 10-15 pounds while working with the Cowboys strength coach and his game has gotten much better.  Cruz finished with a career and game high 30 points.  He also added five rebounds, two assists and two steals.   Cruz went 16 of 20 on free throws to get a majority of his points.

Cowboy Low:  The Pokes are going to shoot a lot of three pointers this season it appears but tonight they got off to a slow start.  As a team the finished 6 of 20, Luke Martinez was 2 of 9.

Cowboy Foe:  Paul Garnica led the Bears hit three triples en route to an 18 point performance.  He was clearly the main weapon for Northern Colorado and attempted a team high 15 shots.

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