Nathan Sobey hits the game-winning 3-pointer for the Wyoming Cowboys in a 67-66 victory over Lehigh in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational Tuesday at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie, Wyo. Lehigh took a 66-64 lead on a basketball Gabe Knutson prior to Sobey’s basket.
Sobey’s basket was No. 2 on ESPN SportCenter’s top 10 plays from Tuesday night.
From left to right, Wyoming men’s basketball players Larry Nance Jr., Derrious Gilmore and Nathan Sobey talk about the Cowboys 67-66 win over Lehigh in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Laramie.
WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Tom Housenick, who covers Lehigh men’s basketball for The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown, Pa.
Wyoming (19-13) hosts Lehigh (21-9) in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational at 7 tonight in Laramie.
Question: Do you think Lehigh is excited to play in the CBI, or was there a big letdown that the team didn’t get into the NIT or not make the NCAA Tournament?
Answer: If Lehigh had to make a decision about going to the CBI right after losing to rival Lafayette for a third time this season, it certainly would have passed. They sat on it at their respective homes on spring break for a few days and seem to be rejuvenated. How they feel, ultimately, will come out when the Mountain Hawks fall behind Tuesday night two time zones from home.
Wyoming senior-to-be guard Luke Martinez will undergo surgery on his left wrist April 12 in Laramie. Martinez sprained the wrist during the first half of the Cowboys’ first-round College Basketball Invitational game against North Dakota State on March 14.
X-rays showed no broken bones, and UW men’s basketball trainer Dustin Enslinger said doctors will look at the wrist arthoscopically to see what needs to be done to repair the wrist.
“When they took pictures just recently they thought the best way to travel down this road to give him the best chance of a real successful senior year is to do some minor surgery now,” coach Larry Shyatt said.
“I remember a fast-break, going up for a layup and coming down on it wrong,” said Martinez of the injury. “Going to the free-throw line it kind of starting hurting a little bit.”
Martinez didn’t miss any game action in that game, nor did he in UW’s next game at Washington State where it lost 61-41. Martinez said the injury didn’t affect his play, but in those two games he was a combined 3 of 13 from the field.
I’m high above here at Beasely Coliseum in Pullman, Wash., less than an hour before Wyoming and Washington State play in a second-round CBI game.
There is some pregame news.
First, I’ve been told if Wyoming wins tonight it will play at the winner of tonight’s Oregon State-TCU game Wednesday. That game is in Corvallis, Ore. Yes, even if TCU wins, UW goes back to Fort Worth for a second time this season. Was told TCU outbid UW for that game.
Heard the CBI folks like a possible TCU-Pitt match-up in the finals with TCU going to the Big 12 next year and Pitt in the Big East.
May be stating the obvious, but here is my key to the game for Wyoming in tonight’s second-round CBI game at Washington State.
Better defense: Wyoming must get back to the way it played defense most of the season. In its last game against North Dakota State last Wednesday the Cowboys allowed a season-high 78 points. It must do a better job across the board if it hopes to win tonight.
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.