Colorado State was good, senior center Colton Iverson was dominant and there wasn’t much Wyoming could do about it.
The Cowboys lost their regular-season finale 78-56 to the Rams Wednesday night at the Arena-Auditorium. They finished the regular season on a five-game losing streak, and with a record of 18-12 overall and 4-12 in the Mountain West.
It looks like UW will play Nevada at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the play-in game at the Mountain West Tournament.
Iverson, CSU’s 6-10, 261-pound center, made all 12 of his shots to have a game and career-high 29 points. Ten of his 12 shots were either layups, dunks or in the key. The other two were not much further out.
UW coach Larry Shyatt said Iverson committed to Florida when Shyatt was an assistant there. However, Iverson ended up at Minnesota before he transferred to CSU.
The Rams were good in other areas. They dominated UW on the boards 35-11, including 13-2 on the offensive glass. Senior guard Dorian Green had 18 points and senior forward Greg Smith added 12.
“I thought we took it to another level tonight, that I have been talking about since I (got the job),” first-year Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy said.
Meanwhile, UW couldn’t get much going. It got off to a good start with an 8-4 lead, but that was about it.
Senior forward Leonard Washington started, but he fouled out with 9:22 to play with three points, one rebound and one steal in 21 minutes.
Washington will have an MRI today on his sore back, something he was supposed to have Tuesday but coach Larry Shyatt said he didn’t because he got claustrophobic. Washington is supposed to have an MRI Wednesday.
Eustachy said he has known Washington for a long time,and noticed that something wasn’t right with him in this game.
“He wasn’t moving around right, and he was frustrated,” he said. “Leonard is frustrated, and I can see it. There is not a better player in the league when he is right.”
It was good to see sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr. have a good game with a team-high 16 points and five rebounds for UW. Senior point guard Derrious Gilmore kind of broke out of shooting slump as he had 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting and was 2-of-5 from 3-point range. He was 4-of-38 from the field and 3-of-22 from 3 in his previous three games.
Shyatt said he will give his team some time away from basketball until Saturday evening to hopefully rest and get healthy. Will that be enough for UW to win a game at the MW Tournament next week? We shall see.
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