Larry Shyatt couldn’t answer the question, can you?
Was it New Mexico’s defense that mostly caused UW to shoot 25.9 percent and miss 13 layups and shots around the basket in a 48-38 loss Saturday at the Pitt?
Or was it that UW just didn’t make the shots?
“(San Diego State coach) Steve Fisher and I talked this week because he was already warned not to tell the truth,” Shyatt said. “Coaches can’t tell the truth. I cannot answer your question now and tell you the truth. I can’t tell you how I feel because I’m not permitted to, and that’s a shame.
“All you have to do is look at the stat sheet, it’s pretty easy to figure out.”
See my column in Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and look online for the stats but I didn’t see on the stat sheet where Shyatt was talking about. Not saying he’s wrong, just saying I didn’t see it.
Bottom line is no matter what Shyatt didn’t or can’t say without risking a reprimand from the Mountain West (so let’s assume he’s talking about officiating here) if UW makes a few more shots it leaves here with a win.
It was a physical game on both ends. There were some questionable calls on both ends, but nothing I saw that greatly altered the game. Four of UW’s five starters had four or more fouls, and senior point guard JayDee Luster fouled out. New Mexico’s bench, which outscored UW’s 14-0, was much deeper and three players racked up three fouls apiece. UW doesn’t have that kind of depth so the starters were going to get a lot more minutes, hence more fouls.
Even though he was 3 of 13 from the field, junior foward Leonard Washington was impressive with 12 rebounds and he drew three charges.
Washington and senior center Adam Waddell were a combined 7 of 27 from the field. Hard to win games with that production.
Liked how senior guard Francisco Cruz scored the ball. Had a game-high 14 points, but New Mexico did a good job of taking him away in the second half with only three points in the final 20 minutes.
Was impressed with New Mexico freshman point guard Hugh Greenwood, who didn’t play at UW last month with an ankle injury. Eight points, seven rebounds and two steals. Nice player on a real deep and talented team.
I think New Mexico will play for the MW Tournament title next month. Thist team is deep and talented.
In two games vs. UW, New Mexico guard Jamal Fenton is 6 of 9 from the field and 4 of 6 from 3. Had another big 3 in this game.
Just a tough day for the Cowboys. This was one they could have won. Next game is Wednesday at home against Air Force.