The Wyoming Cowboys are 9-1 and starting to turn some heads around the conference and the nation now. The Pokes went into Boulder and faced their demons to earn their first road win since February 2009. The aggressive defense of the Cowboys provided fits for Colorado in the second half. A 2-3 zone was utilized much of the game by Wyoming and the Buffs never adjusted to the pressure.
Colorado got off to a hot start but Wyoming hung in their and fought to get back and keep things close. Luke Martinez got hot from behind the arc to keep the Pokes in the game and it was tied at 30 at halftime. In second half Adam Waddell erupted for 17 points and helped the Pokes pull away to a 52-39 lead. With under 1:20 to go Colorado was able to close the gap to just four points but the Cowboys stayed calm and were able to hit their free throws to secure the victory.
This was certainly the toughest opponent Wyoming has faced this year and they passed with flying colors. It also bodes well for the team when they get into conference play. Colorado already beat Air Force and lost to Colorado State in Fort Collins but one point. Wyoming certainly has a shot as establishing themselves as the best team on the Front Range this year if they keep it up.
Let's hand out some awards for this outstanding victory.
Cowboy Joe: Adam Waddell was the spark plug Wyoming needed in the second half. I haven't seen attack the basket like that in a very long time. You could tell he was having a good time out there and it was fun to watch.
Cowboy Low: Sloppy play to start the game. Wyoming had several turnovers and mental mistakes early in the game. I was disappointed that Riley Grabau didn't have the opportunity to see the floor while playing in his home town of Boulder. I'm sure he had plenty of family and friends in the crowd.
Cowboy Foe: Spencer Dinwiddie had 16 points and was the only Buff to hit multiple three pointers to try and get his team back in to the game. Andre Roberson had a double double but his five turnovers disqualified him.