On Thursday Wyoming fell on the road 62-50 to UNLV. With just one day rest the Pokes will look to get back on the winning track. Against the Rebels the offense failed to show up for much of the team. Larry Nance Jr. led the team with 16 points and was the most consistent scoring threat. Leonard Washington had 13 points but really had a tough night shooting while going 4 of 13 from the field. Washington fell in love with his outside shot early and only hit two of his eight three point attempts. UNLV was able to establish a low post game in the second half and Wyoming struggled to get points in the paint. Nathan Sobey provided a nice spark off the bench with seven points but it was too little too late at that point.
This was my first time watching Anthony Bennett and it is hard not to be impressed by him. There so much talent and depth on this UNLV roster. Here are a few highlights from the game.
The key to beating Air Force is stopping senior guard Michael Lyons. Unfortunately that is easier said than done. Lyons is top scorer in the Mountain West with 18.5 points per game. The Cowboys are 6.5 point favorites but the Falcons have known be very pesky this year. A week ago Air Force outlasted Boise State 90-81. The week prior they were able to keep things close in their 71-76 loss at UNLV. Not every conference game has been stellar though. Colorado State embarrassed the Falcons 70-49.
Dave Piliplovich has done a nice job with the Falcons since taking over nearly a year ago. Currently sitting at 11-6 yo would expect Air Force to make another post season tournament. Wyoming will need to make the most of their home court advantage and get a win to stay competitive in the Mountain West race.