With one trip through the Mountain West schedule the Pokes are not in the position they wanted or expected. Wyoming is currently 2-6 and sitting in eighth place in the conference standings. After a 13-0 start the Cowboys now find themselves in position to end up in the pig tail game of the conference tournament.
The most recent losses were a 59-63 squeaker with the conference leading New Mexico Lobos. Wyoming battled and made that game much closer then expected. There was a good chance of a blowout but the Pokes battled the entire game and the Cowboys even led by one at halftime. One big improvement we've seen is the Cowboys three point shooting. Derrious Gilmore hit five three pointers and had a team best 15 points. Riley Grabau also hit three treys and Josh Adams hit a couple. As a team the Pokes shot 12 of 22 from behind the arc. That 54.5% is a welcome site after seeing shooting night below 20% the week below.
The Border War was renewed and Rams continued to show their dominance on the court. The Rams have been unstoppable at home and now have a 26 home game winning streak. Wyoming certainly felt the effects of playing a loud and sold out Moby Arena. Gillmore stepped up once again with a career high 26 points which included six treys. Unfortunately Wyoming only scored 46 points and CSU had 64. For the first 17 minutes the Pokes were able to keep the game close. In the last minute the Rams had a late scoring surge and had a 30-21 lead at halftime. After that the Rams added to that cushion and the Pokes could create a rally.
Perhaps a mental break will the Pokes regroup for the second half of the conference schedule. Wyoming takes a road trip to California on Wednesday to face the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners. The Independent Roadies are currently 8-14 and should be a bit easier than recent foes.