The largest crowd at the AA since 2005 cheered on the Pokes to their second straight victory over Front Range Rival Colorado.
Leonard Washington put everything out there to help lead Wyoming. Despite his early shooting struggles Washington finished with a game best 22 points. He also had several points at the end of each half in vital scoring runs. Washington grabbed seven rebounds, had a team high four assists and three blocks. On the defensive side he also provided great protection around the basket by taking four charges.
Larry Nance had a strong second half and finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Luke Martinez never connected from three point land, still he was able to score 13 points. Derrious Gilmore had some big three pointers in the second half and finished with 12 points. Josh Adams had the best game of his freshmen career. He hit two clutch treys in the first half and a third to start the second half. His dunk at the end of the game was a nice exclamation point for the victory and his total of 12 points.
Wyoming was actually a two point favorite heading in to this one. Vegas certainly realized that the Pokes defense combined with playing in the AA gave the Pokes an advantage.
Colorado was undefeated heading into this game. They barely beat Texas Southern last week. We'll have to see if they were worthy of their top 25 ranking down the road. Three Mountain West teams are already ranked in the top 25. Is there room for the Cowboys as well?
Wyoming won't have long to enjoy this victory. On Tuesday they trek to Normal, IL to tangle with Illinois State. This will be the final edition of the MW/MVC challenge. The Redbirds are 5-2 and lost to Louisville and Northwestern by three points.