Wyoming started 2013 the way they ended 2012, with a win.
No Cowboy basketball team had ever started 13-0 until this year. In a huge gut check the Pokes went on the road and came away with a narrow victory over the SMU Mustangs. Despite missing Luke Martinez this team stepped up and pulled out the hard fought win.
Leonard Washington took control late in the second half and gave Wyoming the shot in the arm that was needed. He hit back to back threes and finished with yet another double double. On the night Washington finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and a pair of assists, steals and blocks. Larry Nance Jr. added 12 points on six of eight shooting from the field. Josh Adams was the player who got the most minutes with Martinez out. The freshmen guard had 11 points and had another jaw dropping dunk in the win. Derrious Gilmore finished with a career high six assists.
This was a nerve wracking game that was tight for all 40 minutes. Neither team was able to open up a lead of more than four points. The defense for the Pokes stepped up big in the second half. The perimeter defense was tremendous as SMU was not able to hit any of their three point attempts the whole game. The Mustangs are coached by Hall of Famer Larry Brown and he has done a great job in his first year. You knew there was not going to be any let down from the Mustangs. Three Mustangs finished the night in double digits.
Now Wyoming has a week to prepare for the conference portion of the schedule. Boise State comes to the AA on the 9th. I doubt that Luke Martinez would be back for that game. Still no timetable is available for his return. A big crowd will be needed to help pump up the team. With the students still out on break it may be tough to fully create a Dome of Dome atmosphere.