Wyoming didn’t lose to Colorado State 73-60 because junior point-guard JayDee Luster missed 7 of 8 free throws.
That’s right, 7 of 8.
But it didn’t help, and if Luster makes a few more of those in either half the outcome could have been different. But the Cowboys made only six field goals in the second half, and allowed CSU to make 14 3s. Those things were more damaging.
Nonetheless, another frustrating loss for UW (7-8 overall, 0-1 MWC), and a frustrating night for Luster.
“I’ve been making free throws all year, and I’ve got to step up to the line and make free throws,” said Luster, who was a 79.7 percent free-throw shooter entering the game.
“When we needed the free throws, we didn’t make them. When we needed the layups, we didn’t make them. When we needed to take good shots, we didn’t. Everybody, myself included, can be a lot better.”
CSU senior guard Adam Nigon scored 21 points on 7 of 10 3-point shooting. Five different players made 3s for the Rams (11-4, 1-0).
“We didn’t get to shooters, and Nigon just kicked our ass,” he said.
UW wanted to limit the touches of CSU senior forward Andy Ogide and Travis Franklin. It did as both combined for 17 points, about 14 below their combined average.
But UW didnt get a lot from its post players. Amath M’Baye, Djibril Thiam, Brian Gibson and Adam Wadell combined for nine points and 12 rebounds. Gibson and Waddell didn’t score.
CSU had 22 assists on its 25 field goals. UW was better in the assist category with 12 assists on 20 field goals.
Liked what I saw from junior Francisco Cruz with 14 points. He seems to be doing better of creating his own shot off the dribble. Not great, but better.
Still, UW has lost 15 straight road games and 19 of 21 away from Laramie (including neutral site games) dating back to Feb. 28, 2009.