UW-New Mexico postgame thoughts

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.

11 thoughts on “UW-New Mexico postgame thoughts

  1. The Cowboys played terrible in the second half. I could not believe all the missed easy shots Can not win a game shooting only 25%. Shyatt can’t say it but I can The Officiating SUCKED. The officiating in the girls game was poor to say the least. On a different subject I wish Margie McDonaldl would be replaced. She drives me up the wall with her comments and always siding with the refs.

  2. I didn’t see the game so I don’t know much about how it all went. Checking the boxscore the thing that jumps out to me is the difference in free throw attempts–only 8 for the Cowboys versus 23 for New Mexico. Don’t know if that’s what the coach was referring to, but that would be my guess.

    • I thought that too, but a lot of those came late when UW was trying to extend the game. New Mexico only made 13 of them so I didn’t see a huge difference there.

      RG

  3. Leonard was “talking” to the clowns in the zebra outfit. Larry was coaching his ass off on the sidelines, and we still missed bucket after bucket. The call disparity was extremely evident, and yet we still had chances. Martinez misses front end of one on one late, followed by multiple misses by Washington then Cruz. One thing is consistent about the MWC, we need new officials and a new Commissioner. Can’t blame the game entirely on the refs, but on a clean stuff by Adam that was whistled a foul, and then not called on the opposite end, give me a break. Every shot in that game was contested, it was a slugfest and honestly we don’t have any scoring coming off the bench with young Larry taking a few desperation hooks down low. 23-8 is wear the traction begins and ends with this one, and yes it was the officiating along with very few open looks.

  4. Lot of positives for a loss. Washington stayed disciplined and avoided foul trouble. Team stayed within a game plan that was the only way they might have won even while their offense disappeared.. Cruz stepped up early allowing for a double threat psossibility. No one talks about it but the three tournovers early in the second half were killers. Officials worldwide, without cheating, get caught up in the energy of any home team that brings electricy to it’s arena. The zebras didn’t lose the pokes this game they just didn’t help them. Assign Hammond do an article on the difficulty of officiating basketball based on when is a foul a foul and when isn’t it! It is baffling to me. It is starting to get that way in Pro football too! My theory is call everything you see and force the coaches to do their job and teach the game. Pokes might beat New Mexico on a nuetral court if we get our other guard back.

  5. In today’s environment, I will admit, officiating is extrememly difficult. But, one particluar area that stands out to me the most, is that in any sports game, from kiddie basketball to the college ranks to the pro’s, the officials have made the game about them.

    And that is what is sad. You have some jackwagon out on the floor making the game about him. Not what is fair, right or correct by the person or team playing the game. Call the game and for god’s sake don’t get caught up in it.

    Sadly, you have to remember, these folks are getting paid to do a job. Bottom line!

  6. Well if you look at the game stats. Wyoming was charged with 9 fouls in almost the last 5 minutes of play left in the game. NM was charged with only 2 fouls in almost the last 5 minutes. Their were some fouls that should have been called on NM but instead they were called on Wyoming? That doesn’t make a bit of sense? In almost 5 minutes of play NM was up by 3. The fouls in the last 5 minutes pretty much killed Wyoming because New Mexico made 10 of those free throw shots. Their were some questionable calls that should have gone Wyoming’s way. I feel when MWC tournament time comes, and if Wyoming has an opportunity to play against NM again, I feel that Wyoming could beat them. Wyoming should have won that game but in the second half the Cowboys came out cold, so I couldn’t totally blame the officiating on the loss but their were some calls that are very questionable? I can see Larry’s frustration, because every games counts for a basketball coach but I feel as though some calls should have gone the other way and I think that is why Larry was very upset at how the game ended.

    • But Wyoming fouled a lot late to extend the game. Not saying there shouldn’t have been more fouls called on NM, espeically inside against Waddell and Washington. At least I think that’s where Larry was coming from there.

      RG

  7. Look we get our breaks at home also. The bottom line when your on the road against a very good teams on there home court you got to make shoots and when you get the ball down on the low block close to the basket you have to be strong , squeez the ball extra hard,be tuff. Adam does a lot of good things on the court but he misses alot of puppies around the rim he’s got to be alittle tuffer sometimes like he want’s to tear the rim of the backboard. Create alittle space like those BYU big guys use to do throw a hip or a elbow to your chest noboby got away with it more then they did. Hinda like holding in football ,they had all the angels.

  8. Look we get our breaks at home also. The bottom line when your on the road against a very good teams on there home court you got to make shoots and when you get the ball down on the low block close to the basket you have to be strong , squeez the ball extra hard,be tuff. Adam does a lot of good things on the court but he misses alot of puppies around the rim he’s got to be alittle tuffer sometimes like he want’s to tear the rim of the backboard. Create alittle space like those BYU big guys use to do throw a hip or a elbow to your chest noboby got away with it more then they did. Kinda like holding in football ,they had all the angels.

  9. Look we get our breaks at home also. The bottom line when your on the road against a very good teams on there home court you got to make shoots and when you get the ball down on the low block close to the basket you have to be strong , squeez the ball extra hard,be tuff. Adam does a lot of good things on the court but he misses alot of puppies around the rim he’s got to be alittle tuffer sometimes like he want’s to tear the rim off the backboard. Create alittle space like those BYU big guys use to do throw a hip or a elbow to your chest nobody got away with it more then they did. Nobody used there off arm more then them. Watch CSU ‘s gaurds they got a few of BYU traits that’s how they create space. Kinda like holding in football ,they had all the angels. Both teams kinda the darling of the conference. CSU now since BYU gave them the finger.

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