This picture pretty much sums up the Cowboy defense and their effort against Boise State. Riley Grabau and Luke Martinez using a heavy press on Derrick Marks with Larry Nance Jr. lurking nearby for a block or steal. Wyoming (17-4, 3-2) led wire to wire in an impressive 75-64 victory over Boise State (10-10, 0-5) in front of a small crowd at Taco Bell Arena. A late run by Boise kept this game from becoming a complete blowout.
Wyoming shot a season best 65% (25 of 38) from the field and 17 of 19 from the free throw line. The Cowboys were able to do this with a couple of their starters seeing reduced minutes due to foul trouble. Leonard Washington had 10 points his 18 minutes while JayDee Luster had seven points and 5 five assists in 27 minutes before fouling out. This gave Nance and Riley Grabau an opportunity to see more minutes then usual. Nance looked much more comfortable attacking the basket and finished with eight points and six rebounds. Grabau did a nice job of managing the ball withLuster on the bench. He showed a nice shooting stroke by hitting both of his three point shots. He finished with eight points and one assist.
The rest of the bench didn't contribute nearly as much to this victory however. Here is a nugget that ESPN dug up on the Pokes victory.
Wyoming missed a total of 15 field goals and free throw attempts, the fewest number of misses by any team this season. Our trillions of the night also came from this game: Arthur Bouedo and Rob Watsabaugh of Wyoming played 6 and 5 minutes, respectively, without accumulating a stat. They are the sixth pair of teammates this season to pull off that feat, but the first to do it in a win.
Good thing the Pokes had a great night shooting because their ball control wasn't great. Wyoming had 17 team turnovers compared to just 10 for Boise State. Next up the Pokes will travel to TCU for the final time. The Horned Frogs will not be missed for their basketball prowess. A victory there would give the Cowboys their 18th win on the year. I'm still amazed at the incredible job that Shyatt and the players have done this year. To reach 20 wins certainly exceeds the expecations that I had for this season by a large margin.
Cowboy Joe: It was great seeing the Pako Cruz we are used to in this game. He looked much more comfortable shooting the ball and passing then the last couple games. On the night he finished with 16 points on 5 of 7 shooting. He was 2 of 3 from long range and a perfect 4 for 4 from the charity stripe. He also dished out five assists a long the way.
Honorable Mention:Riley Grabau played his best basketball as a Cowboy. With the status of Derrious Gilmore in question the play of Grabau becomes even more important.
Cowbow Low: No contributions stat wise from Bouedo and Watsabaugh. The bench needs to be much more productive.
Cowboy Foe: Joe Hanstad came off the bench and really provided a spark for Boise State in the second half. Finished with a team best 13 points.