In a nice change of pace Wyoming's offense got off to a hot start and it stayed that way for all 40 minutes. The Cowboys seemed to own Nevada once again as they notched their third conference victory. Wyoming (17-7, 3-7) got contributions from the bench early and starters later on to cruise to the 20 point victory over Nevada (12-12, 3-7). This win moves Wyoming up to seventh in the conference standings and gives them the tiebreaker over Nevada. That is key to staying out of the pigtail game.
The Cowboys welcomed back Larry Nance Jr. from a one game absence due to a sore wrist. The sophomore was able to score seven points and grab eight rebounds in 28 minutes. The health of Nance and the rest of the starters is very key for the Pokes if they look to make any type of second half run.
Three Cowboys scored in double figures. Leonard Washington filled up the stat sheet: 16 points, 12 rebounds, 5 steals and three blocks. He led the team all four of those categories. Derrious Gilmore had 15 points thanks to a trio of three pointers. Josh Adams had a strong second half and at one point scored seven straight points, he finished with 12 total.
Early on Nathan Sobey provided a great spark by hitting three shots from downtown. That helped provide the Pokes a nice cushion and confidence in the first half.
At the end of the game Shyatt was able to empty the bench and make sure the whole team got some playing time. It was nice to see Matt Sellers and Aaron Tyser get their first playing time in months. As a team the Pokes shot above 50% from the field, behind the arc and the charity stripe. That is a solid combination.
On Saturday Wyoming hosts Fresno State and will look to redeem themselves from the embarrassing loss that happened when they met in January.