LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10: (L-R) DeAngelo Casto #23, Klay Thompson #1 and Brock Motum #12 of the Washington State Cougars walk on the court in the second half while taking on the Washington Huskies in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
A great season ended on a low note in Pullman last night. After 21 victories the Wyoming Cowboys season ended with a 20 point loss to Washington State in the second round of the CBI. This was the worst loss of the year for the Pokes who fared better against tougher teams in more hostile environments. Losses are bound to happen to any team, it just stinks that the seniors ended their careers with this type of performance.
Wyoming had a very off shooting night from most of the team. The Pokes shot 33% as a team and went 2 of 16 from behind the arc. As the Cougars pulled away in the second half it became evident that the Cowboys couldn't stage a rally. They became frustrated and that can be summed up nicely by the double technical that Larry Nance Jr. picked up late in the game. He was ejected for the first time in his career and Washington State was able to then shoot four free consecutive throws.
Brock Motum was a terror for Wazzu finishing with 25 points and seven rebounds. Wyoming had a no answer on defense to stop the 6-10 Australian. Abe Lodwick also added 16 points for the Cougars. Washington State will face PAC 12 Rival Oregon State in Corvallis on Wednesday in the Semi Finals.
Leonard Washington and Adam Waddell were the only Cowboys able to have any success shooting the ball. Washington had 14 points on 4 of 10 shooting. He also made 6 of 7 from the charity stripe. Waddell had 13 points on 6 of 8 shooting. No other Cowboy made more then one shot from the field: Luke Martinez 1 of 6, Pako Cruz 1 of 9, JayDee Luster 1 of 5 and Derrious Gilmore 1 of 4.
Having to deal with a loss with a second round of the CBI is a lot easier to deal with then back to back 10 win season. It is amazing what a difference a year makes with a new coach and a new attitude.
Cowboy Joe: Leonard Washington has been the most consistent player this year for the Pokes and he did it once again.
Cowboy Low: Shooting 2 of 16 from three point range. A couple more made shots would made this game much closer and allowed the Pokes to play more of their style of basketball.
Cowboy Foe: Brock Motum takes this one with ease.