Langley doesn’t make excuses

Wyoming interim men’s basketball coach Fred Langley didn’t pull any punches after the Cowboys lost 85-58 to No. 9 San Diego State Tuesday night in the final home game of the season.

At the final media timeout of the first half UW trailed 28-20 with 3:36 to play. The Cowboys trailed 37-20 at halftime, and they made only three field goals over the final 17 minutes of the half.

“We faded, along with our intensity,” Langley said. “I was really disappointed in our effort. As coaches we didn’t push the right buttons tonight. The players didn’t respond to their teammates.”

Langley was asked if there is an illness going around the team. A couple of players on Twitter hinted at that earlier in the day.

“I told them (after the game) you let yourself down if you can’t perform your best,” he said. “You’ve got to get to the doctor and you’ve got to do the things you need to do. You let your teammates down and a you let the fans down. There is no excuses. You’re going to sniffle and you’re going to tough it out.”

Langley said the offense dictated the defense, which is something he doesn’t want to see happen. UW made only 2 of 16 3s and couldn’t do anything inside agaisnt SDSU’s big and athletic frontcourt. SDSU was outscored 52-32 in the paint.

The 27-point win was the most by SDSU in a MWC road game in school history.

Langley went with a bigger lineup by not starting junior point guard JayDee Luster. He went with junior center Adam Waddell, sophomore forward Amath M’Baye and senior forward Djibril Thiam all between 6-9 and 6-10. It worked for about three-quarters of the first half, but UW was still outrebounded 43-26.

“It’s not an excuse to put a product like that on the floor for the fans,” Langely added. “It was hard to be a Cowboy player tonight. It was hard to be a Cowboy fan tonight. It was hard to be a Cowboy coach tonight. It was just a tough night. I can’t put my finger on it, but we’ve got to fix it.”

In his last home game Thiam had 13 points and two rebounds.

UW plays at No. 3 BYU Saturday. The Cowboys have lost 21 straight road games going back to more than two years. However, BYU suffered a blow today when sophomore forward Brandon Davies was dismissed from the team for a violation of the school’s honor code.

“Wow. He’s a big-time player,” SDSU senior forward Malcolm Thomas said. “Without him they’re still a good team and can still make a run. I don’t know what to say to that. I didn’t know that.”

Added Langley, who heard about Davies before the game: “I’m sure they’ll miss him, but they have a lot of depth as well.”

4 thoughts on “Langley doesn’t make excuses

  1. Do you think Dunlap is a candidate? He’d be a very good hire…… With a good recruiting staff he could be an exceptional choice.

    • I do think Dunlap is a candidate, but at this point I’m not sure who isn’t a candidate. I heard a rumor last night that Pat Knight at Texas Tech is a candidate, or at least that’s what the scuttle was down in Lubbock. I really don’t see that being the case, not from what I’m hearing from my sources.

      I think Dunlap would be a good hire and at this point, I would say Dunlap, Shyatt and perhaps Joe Dooley are guys at or near the top of the list. But this process is really just beginning now.

      RG

  2. When do you think the hire will be finalized? Next week? After the BYU game or after the tournament? I am thinking we get out of the pig tail game with TCU and face a depleted and scrambling BYU squad that’s still probably wondering who else is gonna get ratted out.

    • I think UW is at least two or three weeks away from a hire, espeically if places where UW has its eyes on coaches are still playing in the post-season. Could be around the Final Four time when a coach is announced.

      RG

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