A horrible first half and a good second half.
That summed up Wyoming’s effort in a 56-48 loss to No. 20 UNLV Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the MW Tournament here at the Thomas & Mack Center.
UW made only three field goals and shot 12.5 percent in the first half. That was as poor as I’ve seen the team play offensively this season. UNLV played well defensively, but UW just didn’t have it.
The second half was better, but before it did UW trailed by 22. The lead was cut to six with under a minute to play. It could have been cut more but UW couldn’t capitalize on some chances.
It was weird to see all six UW seniors come out for the post-game news conference. It was like this was its last game. The Cowboys will play in either the NIT, CBI or CIT, and speculation is it will be the NIT. We will know Sunday night.
Mike Moser was a man among boys in the first half for UNLV with 18 points and eight rebounds. Wow! Just four points in the second half, but a 12-foot bank shot with just under three minutes to play gave the Rebels a 50-39 lead.
The top four seeds in the men’s tournament advanced to the semis. Those four (San Diego State, New Mexico, UNLV and Colorado State) will make the NCAA Tournament. What will it be for UW?
I will say NIT, but it will start with a road game.
For more on the game, see Friday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.