LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 09: Wyoming Cowboys fans react 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)
Can victories get any sweeter than this one? Beating down your arch rival in front a raucous crowd certainly feels good. Wyoming (16-3, 2-1) started off strong and their pressure defense gave Colorado State (13-5, 2-1) fits all game long. Leonard Washington had the best game of his collegiate career with an incredible 32 point 14 rebound effort. The big man could do wrong in this one. He was menace inside on both sides of the court. He also hit three three pointers: including a bank shot with the shot clock expiring. That pretty much summed his night rightthere.
The AA was rocking once again with a crowd of 7,901 in attendance. That's nearly a 1,000 more then showed up last week. Hopefully this momentum continues and the stands will be packed with more then 10,000 by the end of the season.
I think Tim Miles summed things up perfectly with this postgame statment:
"It was Wyoming's day. They kicked our butts." - Tim Miles
The top two players for CSU - Dorian Green and Wes Eikmeier really had no presence in this game. Combined the pair went 2-11 from the field for just seven points. They were averaging a combined thirty points a game heading into this contest. JayDee Luster gave Eikmeier a headache whenever he had the ball. Miles had to bench both of them for an extended period to try and send a message and that didn't work. Wyoming led 32-19 at halftime and you know that the Rams were going to try and make a run. With 10:53 left CSU had whittled the lead down to 47-38. They would never get any closer then that. Washington went on a tear and the defense kept forcing turnovers. It was great to see the Cowboys keep momentum on their side and finish with the huge win.
Next up the Cowboys host red hot San Diego State on Tuesday. The game today was a huge win, a victory over the Aztecs would be the Pokes first over a ranked team and gain some great national attention. It had been nearly three years since the Cowboys last beat the Rams in basketball. It is fun to see all these awful losing streaks being broken this season.
Cowboy Joe: Leonard Washington really was a man among boys today. Coming out with career bests in points and rebounds is certainly a special game. He is did a nice job of controlling himself on defense and only had three fouls in the game. The more he is on the court, the better this team plays.
Honorable Mention: JayDee Luster finishing with nine points, five assists and ZERO turnovers.
Cowboy Low: Luke Martinez was second on the team with 12 points but he didn't a great night shooting from the field. He finished 3 of 14 from the field including 1 of 9 from behind the arc. He did contribute in other ways with four rebounds and three steals without committing a turnover.
Cowboy Foe: Greg Smith was the one Ram who figured out how to score on the Pokes. He finished the night 7 of 10 for 18 points plus 6 rebounds.