We're late in getting our recap up for this game. But a win for Wyoming like this can't be skipped. The Cowboys (18-5, 4-3) pulled of their biggest victory in over a decade in upsetting #11 UNLV (21-4, 5-2) by a score of 68-66. The Pokes looked and played like a much different team then the one that lost to TCU on Wednesday and San Diego State two weeks earlier.
UNLV is a very talented team but the Cowboys weren't intimidated by the flashy Rebels. They made their shots and held high scoring team to 14 points below their season average. The loud crowd of 7,100 gave a huge homecourt advantage for the Cowboys who lead almost the entire game. This win truly defines the ADU principle that the team lives by. It was a team effort with four Cowboys scoring in double figures and each player filling a key role. Luke Martinez hit five of the team's seven three pointers. Wyoming was 17 of 20 from the free throw line while UNLV was 13 of 18.
The Cowboys only had eight turnovers as a team. Their defense stifled the perimeter shooting of the Rebels who shot a season low 3 of 14 from behind the arc. UNLV had several shots to tie or win the game in the final minute but none of them connected. The Last time Wyoming beat a ranked team was a 88-61 victory over Utah on 2/20/2000.
Let's handout some awards here.
Cowboy Joe: A great team victory. So many players stepped to get this huge win. Can't pick just one player.
Cowboy Low: The fact that only 7,100 fans witnessed this win in the flesh. Tough weather conditions across the Front Range made it hard for people having to drive from outside Laramie and Cheyenne. Hopefully the goal of 10,000 fans will be reached this season.
Cowboy Foe:Quintrell Thomas came off the bench and led the Rebels with 15 points in 19 minutes. He shot 5 of 6 from the field.