LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 09: Wyoming Cowboys mascot Pistol Pete holds up a sign behind Wyoming cheerleaders during the first round game of the Conoco Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament against the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs at the Thomas & Mack Center March 9, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. TCU won 70-61. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
A very strong offensive effort gave Wyoming (14-2) an large 73-49 victory in it's final non conference game of the season. The Cowboys started off hot and stayed hot the rest of the game against Idaho State (3-13). Luke Martinez was en fuego with a career high 23 point points. He hit every shot from the field including five three pointers. His only misses of the night were two free throws. He also had two assists, one steal and no turnovers. This was a great game to help shake off more of the rust from winter break. Very big momentum builder heading into league play this weekend.
All of the freshmen were able to get extended minutes which was also an added bonus. At one point the Pokes had Riley Grabau, Larry Nance, Shakir Smith, Tyrone Marshall all on the floor together. Grabau actually played 31 minutes as he went against his brother Chase Grabau who plays point for the Bengals. He finished with two points, two assists and one steal. Tyrone Marshall saw his most meaningful playing time of season and responded with five points and three rebounds in 10 minutes.
This game was certainly more entertaining then the "rematch" that most of America suffered through last night.
Awards are posted after the jump.
Cowboy Joe: How can this not go to Luke Martinez for his career best 23 points? He has really impressed this season. Really glad we have him and Washington back next year as seniors.
Cowboy Low: At times the Cowboys were sloppy with the ball and ended up 17 turnovers. Idaho State only had 16 turnovers. Mountain West schools won't be so forgiving with turnovers.
Cowboy Foe: Dejan Koster was the single Bengal to break into double digits with 11 points.