That was a tough game to watch, especially in the first half.
But Wyoming beat Denver 61-48 in a grind-it-out affair one would expect against a Joe Scott coached team like likes to slow the tempo down.
If Denver doesn’t make 10 3-pointers this game isn’t even close. It made only six field goals from inside the 3-point line.
As we’ve seen a lot this season, UW got off to a slow start and had 10 turnovers in the game’s first 10 minutes. But the inside play of forward Amath M’Baye and Djibril Thiam in the first half (17 points), and the dribble penetration of guards Desmar Jackson and JayDee Luster in the second half were enough for the win.
The Cowboys (4-6) allowed a season-low in points, shot 50 percent or bette from the field for the third time this season and shot 70 percent or better from the free-throw line for the sixth time.
UW also outrebounded an undersized and athletically challenged Denver team 32-13. The 13 boards was a season low for a Cowboys’ opponent. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team only get 13 rebounds in a college game.
Those are the good things.
The bad was 17 turnovers and only six assists on the Cowboys’ 18 field goals.
Juniors Adam Waddell (Achilles) and Afam Muojeke (knee) still are no where near healthy. Both played, and it was Waddell’s first action in the last three games. But he played only seven minutes and picked up three quick fouls. Maybe five straight games at home with no school and extra treatment time with the trainers will help. More on that later.
As former football coach Joe Glenn liked to say after a not-so-impressive win, a rose is a rose.
Such is the case with this game.