A rough week ended on a high note thanks to another stellar performance by Larry Nance Jr. He posted 29 points and 13 rebounds for his third straight double-double. This was a much needed win over a Front Range rival. On Friday night Wyoming lost to SMU 62-54 in Laramie. That game was much closer than the final score shows. Before that Wyoming 64-61 at Denver on the 15th.
With the victory Wyoming improves to 8-4 and can help build some momentum heading into the New Year. The Pokes host Western State on January 1st in their final non-conference game. Even though the Cowboys are off to a slower start this year, there is still plenty of reasons to be excited for their chances the rest of the year. This is a talented team with several new pieces. Their skill set is different than last years team and they are still adjusting to each other.
Back to the most recent victory. Down two points at halftime, Wyoming went on torrid hot streak the second half. They shot 16-19 from the field including 4-4 on three pointers. The only non-impressive shooting stat from the second half was 10-15 on free throws. Josh Adams added 16 points and hit 8-9 free throws. Riley Grabau contributed 10 while dishing out six assists.
For the season Nance is nearly averaging a double with 16.9 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. His .597 field goal percentage leads the Mountain West. The junior forward has taken a giant leap forward in his offensive game this year. With Leonard Washington gone, Nance has become the focal point of the Cowboys offense. It's been exciting to watch his growth these past three years.