Wyoming is starting to exorcise some demons from last season. The Pokes used another strong defensive effort and an interior attack to get some revenge on the South Dakota Coyotes. The Pokes improved to 3-1 on the year and have now beaten two teams they lost to last year.
Luke Martinez had started every game this year but sat out after being injured in practice yesterday. He took an elbow to the head and the medical staff was concerned he may have suffered a concussion. Arthur Bouedo got the start in place of Martinez and certainly made the most of it. He shot 6 of 9 from the floor and finished with 14 points. Leonard Washington had the best game of his career with an impressive double double effort of 18 and 10. He also added four blocks. As a team the Pokes only had seven turnovers in the game.
It's great to see that this team can adapt when the roster changes. The Pokes transitioned from an outside shooting team to an interior team. That diversity will be key as the season progresses so that Wyoming can adapt their attack to their lineup and the strengths of their opponent.
As Washington grows more comfortable in the offense hopefully we'll see more of these double double nights. He is certainly the most versatile player for the Pokes right now. Wyoming hosts the Jim Thorpe Classic this weekend and it will interesting to see how the team handles playing three games in a row.
Here is the upcoming schedule:
Friday - Wyoming Vs Portland State (2-1) 7pm
Saturday - Wyoming vs Maryland-Eastern Shore (1-4) 7pm
Sunday - Wyoming vs Louisiana Tech (1-1) 6pm