Wow, that game slipped away from the Wyoming men’s basketball team in a hurry.
Tied at 31 at Colorado State at halftime, the Cowboys had no answer for the Rams in the second half in an 82-67 loss in front of a loud and energetic crowd of 6,590 at Moby Arena. There were a good number of UW fans here, but they didn’t have a chance to make a lot of noise in the second half.
Colorado State shot 58.6 percent in the final 20 minutes, and made 12 of its first 17 shots. It also was 7 of 15 from 3-point range, and 5 of 9 in the second half.
UW coach Larry Shyatt and all the players I talked to after the game said UW couldn’t stop the Rams. The Cowboys also couldn’t rebound. They were outrebounded 37-21 and 13-2 on the offensive glass. Colorado State scored 36 points in the paint (18 for UW) and 12 second-chance points.
Not many highlights for UW in this one, but here are a few:
Do you think UW misses junior forward Larry Nance Jr., the team leader in points, rebounds, steals and blocked shots?
To UW’s credit, it played well in the first half. Six different players scored. There was a Matt Sellers sighting, as the junior center came off the bench and made four free throws. But everyone that played, contributed and played pretty well.
Thew Cowboys couldn’t replicate that in the second half.
Colorado State got a combined 55 points from guards Daniel Bejarano, Jon Octeus and Joe De Ciman. Those guys shot 19 of 38. Bejarano, at 6-4, had 12 rebounds and nine assists.
UW was 10 of 17 from 3-point range, and that kept this game from being even more lopsided that it was. Two of those came from sophomore forward Austin Haldorson and sophomore walk-on guard Aaron Tyser when the game was no longer in doubt. Great to see those guys get some time and score some points, but don’t count on them to be in the regular rotation any time soon.
A few other notes from this game:
–Colorado State had 20 assists on its 30 baskets. Those assists are the most UW has allowed this season. UW wasn’t bad with the assists with 15 on its 21 baskets.
–The 15-point loss tied for the most lopsided of the season for UW. It also lost by 15 at Ohio State in November. UW trailed by as many as 18 points in the second half, its largest deficit this season.
–For the record, the Cowboys are now 3-2 when they wear their alternative gray uniforms.
–Nance was at the game, on crutches and sat at the end of UW’s bench. Senior guard Jerron Granberry started for Nance, and wore his No. 22 in tribute to him.
–This was the 220th game between the two teams. UW still leads the series 128-92, but it has lost four straight and eight of the last nine. It also has lost five in a row at CSU. In MW games, the series is tied at 16.
–Colorado State attempted 17 more shots than UW. The Cowboys have to find a way to not allow teams that many more chances to score down the road.
Next for UW is Air Force at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie.
For more on the game, see Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.