The first half was a brutal one for both teams. It seemed like they were auditioning for a spot in the Big Ten with low scoring affair. Luckily Coach Shyatt gave yet another outstanding halftime pep talk and Leonard Washington helped lead the Pokes to their first conference victory of the year. Washington scored 14 of his 16 points in he second, that goes along with twelve rebounds, six assists, four blocks and three steals. Certainly another stellar performance from the Boss.
Riley Grabau had 12 points that all came on three pointers. Larry Nance Jr. nearly had a double double with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Derek Cooke Jr. pulled down five rebounds in just 12 minutes of play. Wyoming shot 28% in the first half and 68.2% in the second half. The Cowboys are now 14-1 and improve to 1-1 in conference play.
Nevada never got on track except for Deonte Burton who shot 8 of 13 from the field for 23 points. The rest of the Pack only hit 10 field goals. As a team Nevada shot 29% for the game and only hit a single three pointer on 15 attempts. Really a rough night for the home team in Reno. The Wolf Pack fall to 9-7 and have lost both conference games so far.
Coach Shyatt was particularly entertaining during this game. Nevada beat writer Chris Murray had his first taste of Shyatt on Saturday and shared a number of hilarious tweets.
After foul against Burton, Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt yells: "That's bullsh!t" into radio announcer's mic. These Wyoming coaches are nuts.— Chris Murray (@MurrayRGJ) January 12, 2013
After a foul against Wyoming, coach Larry Shyatt walks into the tunnel behind the bench briefly. Lots of f'bombs. This guy is awesome.— Chris Murray (@MurrayRGJ) January 13, 2013
Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt fell on the floor (apparent exhaustion). Ref: "I'm not giving you the f'cking CPR if you collapse."— Chris Murray (@MurrayRGJ) January 13, 2013
Amazed to see that Wyoming was a one point underdog in this one. That shows tough the Mountain West really is this year. I would have thought the Pokes would be at least a two point favorite.
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