Senior night was not a stellar night for Wyoming against rival Colorado State. It was sad to know that this is likely the last time Derrious Gilmore or Leonard Washington would play in front of a crowd at Arena-Auditorium. If Wyoming hosts a game in a post season tournament then they would get another send off. It was even more melancholy knowing that there was another senior who would not be honored and thinking about what this season might have been had he been on the court.
Wyoming (18-12, 4-12) hit a couple early threes to take a quick lead and then the Rams pretty much rolled from that point to an easy 78-56 victory.. Leonard Washington started the game but was not effective at all in the 21 minutes he played before fouling out. Washington has been dealing with a lower back injury and played despite not being anywhere close to 100%. He will have an MRI tomorrow to get a better sense of the extent of the injury.
Gilmore played well with 12 points and four assists with just one turnover. Larry Nance Jr. led the Cowboys with 16 points and had five of the teams 11 total rebounds. We'll get to that ugly state later. Riley Grabau continued his hot shooting as he made both of this three throw attempts. Wyoming shot 53% from the field and you would expect a team to not typically lose by 22 when they shoot above .500.
The night belonged to Colorado State center Colton Iverson. The burly 6-10 center was unstoppable as he was a perfect 12-12 from the field as he went off for 29 points. Wyoming was simply unable to stop Iverson in the paint. Derek Cooke Jr. standing on Matt Sellers' shoulders would not have been enough to slow down Iverson. Maybe that is an exaggeration but you get the point. Dorian Green also had a solid night with eighteen points while Greg Smith added 12. Pete Hornug grabbed 10 points to nearly equal Wyoming's total on his own.
Colorado State (23-7,10-5) is a heck of a team that was built from the ground up by Tim Miles over the years and Eustachy has a nice job of not rocking the boat. They really do have nice size and balance and will give teams fits in the tournament this year.
For Wyoming these next few days of rest will be vital to try and rest and regroup. The health of Washingon is paramount and hopefully he didn't worsen his condition by playing tonight. The opportunity to play in front of his family on senior is import but hopefully there isn't a big setback. Nance will also benefit from the chance to help put back a few lbs as he dropped to 200 due his to viscous bout with the flu.