UW-North Dakota State postgame thoughts

Of all the things I thought I might see from the Wyoming men’s basketball team in Wednesday’s first-round CBI game with North Dakota State, I didn’t think one of them would be the Cowboys giving up 75 points.

Fortunately, UW scored 78 and won the game to advance to the second round where it plays at Washington State at 8 p.m. Monday night.

I thought junior forward Leonard Washington was a beast, once again. He had his fourth double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. His three-point play with 18.5 seconds to play gave UW a 75-70 lead.

More on Washington later this week in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

Senior center Adam Waddell was solid scoring the basketball with 13 points. Senior guard Francisco Cruz had a quiet 14 points.

But defensively UW gave up the most points to anyone all season, and the Bison shot 53.7 percent.┬áNorth Dakota State barely got its players together from spring break to get here. Credit to NDSU, but UW coach Larry Shyatt wasn’t happy with the defense or the fact his team committed 17 turnovers.

Still, it was UW’s first postseason win (aside from the MW Tournament) since 2003.

One guy who is funny is North Dakota State coach Saul Phillips. He was an assistant for Tim Miles at NDSU before Miles was hired at Colorado State in 2007. Phillips took over for Miles and you can see where he gets his sense of humor.

Here’s what Phillips said about Washington, who he saw when Washington was a freshman at USC in 2008.

“He’s a big, active dude and active in a lot of ways,” he said. “He was active with his gums at times. He has a lot of energy and a lot to say. .. Looks to me he’s in good shape and doing the right things. I think Larry ahs a pretty good player there.”

He was pretty good in this game.

Phillips also said his team voted for him to get a technical foul because his team committed 28 fould compared to 19 for UW, and the Bison were outscored at the free-throw line 29-14. But he said his wife would be mad if he did, so he passed.

Good guy with a team he described with “junior-college” eligibility with seven sophomores and three freshmen.

UW coach Larry Shyatt said he will give the players some time off until Saturday. He said the players need some time away from him, but they also seem to be ready to play another postseason game next week.

For more on the game, see Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

5 thoughts on “UW-North Dakota State postgame thoughts

  1. I know winter and gas prices making attending a game difficult but it appers the student body wasn’t all that interested either. Every team has a tournment game where they don’t bring their “A” game. Hope this is the case for Wyoming Lucky we were at home crowd or no crowd. Appears they didn’t have the size to stop the inside game (i.e. fouls) or were they home towned?

    • The students were not there because it was spring break. UW had a big advantage inside but BDAY did some good things inside against Waddell and Washington. Gould caught up to Bison, no doubt. They also had some bad calls go against them. At least two goaltending calls on UW were not called. Pokes a little lucky they escaped with a win.


  2. In all fairness, I noticed before the game that North Dakota State had the 6th highest field goal shooting percentage in the nation for the year. I do not remember seeing whether and of the teams that shot better than the Bison were on the Pokes’ schedule this season.

    I would hope that a good shooting team could put up some points.

    • The Bison are a good shooting team. They made some tough shots, but they also capitalized on some not-so-great defense by Wyoming.


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