Where do you start to sum up No. 25 Wyoming’s 70-65 triple overtime win at Fresno State Saturday night?
Don’t know of three takes does it justice, but here we go:
1. Big Shot Hank: Senior guard Charles Hankerson Jr. made a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the third overtime to seal the win for UW. It’s been Hankerson’s thing to make 3s late in the shot clock this season, and none were as big as this one. Maybe it wasn’t planned, and perhaps it was a bit lucky, but it was a huge shot. Hankerson finished with nine points, six rebounds and two assists.
Here are all the late-game highlights, including the final sequences in all three overtimes. Sorry for some of the obstructive views. And, here is Hankerson talking about his big shot.
2. Making up for misses: Hankerson missed two free throws with 24.4 seconds left in the second overtime that likely would have secured the win. Senior forward Larry Nance Jr. also missed two free throws with 0.5 seconds on the clock after Fresno State junior point guard Cezar Guerrero fouled him 70 feet away from the basket. Nance also made amends for his misses with a basket with 1:04 left in the third overtime that gave UW a 67-65 lead. Nance entered the game as a 79.5 percent free-throw shooter this season and 77.1 percent for his career. He was 7 of 12 in this game.
Here is Nance after the game:
3. Adams’ early OT scoring: Junior guard Josh Adams had some big points for UW at the start of the second and third overtimes. His three-point play was the Cowboys’ first points in the second overtime, and he scored the team’s first four points in the third overtime on a basket and two free throws. Adams also matched a season and career-high with four steals. Adams finished with 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Some other thoughts/notes:
Both teams were a combined 12 of 56 from 3-point range. … Senior forward Derek Cooke Jr. had a career-high 15 rebounds and chipped in with 12 points. … Cooke was decent at the free-throw line at 4 of 7. UW was just 15 of 26 from the line. … Nance and senior guard Riley Grabau both played 54 out of a possible 55 minutes according to the final stat sheet. … UW scored 34 points in the paint. … There were 15 lead changes and 11 ties. UW led for 30 minutes, 23 seconds. Fresno State led for 13:43 and it was tied for 10:49. … Thirteen of UW’s 17 turnovers, which tied for a season-high, came in the second half and in the three overtimes. … True freshman guard Alexander Aka Gorski played eight minutes, and made his first shot — a 3-pointer. The play of the bench guys was key for UW even though the final stats don’t indicate that.
Here is coach Larry Shyatt on that, and with some interesting comments at the very start. of this interview. Would love to hear your take on that.
However you want to describe this game, it was a win for UW. No one has more road wins in the league than the Cowboys with three. And, the Pokes remain in first place in the MW and won for the first time in 10 games in Fresno.
UW next plays at home against New Mexico this coming Saturday. If the Lobos win at home against Boise State Sunday, the game will be for first place in the MW — just like this game was.
For more coverage from this game and other UW and high school sports, see Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.