Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports
The non usual suspects step up for the Cowboys in a shootout at Clune Arena.
When you think of Air Force and Wyoming basketball there are only a few big names that come to mind. Leonard Washington and Michael Lyons are the first two that spring up first for most people. You could also throw in Derrious Gilmore and Larry Nance Jr. for Wyoming. The "Usual Suspects" are not the ones that provided the most entertainment on Tuesday night.
Nathan Sobey had one of the finest shooting nights in Wyoming and Mountain West history. The junior guard literally had a perfect shooting night. Not a single miss: 7/7 FG, 6/6 3PT, 2/2 FT. Those shooting percentages all tied Mountain West records, unfortunately it is impossible to break 100%.
Despite the career performance from Sobey the Pokes weren't prepared for sophomore forward Kamryn Williams. Before this game he had never scored in double digits this season. That all changed as Williams busted out for 25 points and 10 rebounds on 9 of 13 shooting from the field including a couple of treys. The defense for either team was less spectacular as this turned into an old fashioned shootout. Coach Shyatt was certainly not pleased with the Cowboys effort on defense.
"That was one of the most embarrassing defensive performances that I've been a part of in 40 years, as a head coach or an assistant," Shyatt said
No. Worse than that.
"That’s the most embarrassing performance in my entire career, at any level," Shyatt said seconds later.
With the loss Wyoming falls to 18-10 (4-10) and still sits at 7th in the Mountain West. It was good to see Leonard Washington back on the court as he a fourth straight double double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. He still wasn't at 100% but having him back on the floor helped open up spots for Sobey to shoot. Riley Grabau also hit four hots from behind the arc and finished with 12 points.
Despite the Pokes struggles the last two weeks there has been progress shown from the bench. Derek Cooke Jr. has show more consistency and Sobey has become a much more consistent outside shooter. If Washington, Nance and Gilmore are healthy and the bench contributes then Wyoming could certainly make a run in the Mountain West Conference tournament that is less than two weeks away.