“We made decisions with the basketball, and even without the basketball, we haven’t done all year. We have even done that in practice.”
That’s how Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt described his team’s offense in a 52-42 loss to the 13th-ranked Aztecs Tuesday night in Laramie.
Shyatt said it wasn’t so much what SDSU did on defense, other than play with great positioning, than his team “self-destructing” with its decision-making.
UW shot only 30.6 percent. That and its point total were season-lows.
I thought SDSU’s length and athleticism also was a bit much for UW to handle. Sophomore guard Jamaal Franklin is 6-5 and he was very impressive with 12 points and 11 rebounds. He guarded UW junior forward Leonard Washington much of the game, and did a good job.
SDSU junior guard Chase Tapley is a smooth scorer. Had only 12, but the guy is just smooth.
Thought true freshman Larry Nance Jr. had a solid game for the Cowboys. Finished with six points and eight rebounds (five offensive) in a career-high 25 minutes. His dunk right before halftime was ESPN’s top play of the night, and was impressive. Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ1uLYrUIrc
To me, this was a game where longer more athletic teams like San Diego State can really exploit UW’s offensive challenges. UW may have caused much of its own offensive woes, but SDSU and New Mexico — two of the top three teams in the league (No. 12 UNLV is the other) — had similar efforts against the Cowboys. Both teams beat UW in Laramie by 10 points and in both games UW struggled quite a bit offensively.
Not saying UW won’t win again, but it will be interesting to see how Shyatt and Co. get ready for the next game at Boise State Saturday.
“Hopefully we can take care of us so when we leave the court we’ve left everything on the court if somebody has beaten us. I feel we helped them beat us tonight.”