Two things stood out to me in Wyoming’s 57-39 victory over Southern Saturday in Laramie: the play of senior walk-on point guard Jack Bentz, along with the energy and play of senior forward Derek Cooke Jr.
The Cowboys (10-2) were without senior starting point guard Riley Grabau (hamstring) and redshirt freshman forward Alan Herndon (back and chest). UW got off to somewhat of a slow start with six turnovers over the first nine minutes.
But when Bentz came in, there were no more turnovers and UW went on a 16-6 run to end the half. More on Bentz in my game story in Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and online at wyosports.net.
Cooke finished with 14 points, a season-high eight rebounds and tied career-highs with three assists and three steals. In the second half he pulled down a rebound and dribbled coast-to-coast for a dunk that had the sparse crowd at the A-A excited.
Cooke joked that he’s a point-forward, but junior guard Josh Adams quicky said he’s not joking but that Cooke — more often than not — makes the right decision and gets the ball to a guard after a rebound.
But Bentz chimed in with: “He’s taking our point guard spot.”
Here is Cooke, Adams and Bentz after the game: