UW-UNLV Q&A

Matt Youmans covers UNLV men’s basketball for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and he answered five questions I had for him on Saturday’s game wt Wyoming.

Is the return of Heath Schroyer to Laramie a big deal down there with him or the team, or is it more for us in the media to bring up? Has Schroyer talked much about coming back? It’s not a big deal. Of the three assistants hired by Dave Rice, Schroyer was sort of the afterthought to most UNLV fans. Justin Hutson brought the reputation as an excellent recruiter and defensive coach from San Diego State. Stacey Augmon obviously is one of the Rebels’ five all-time greatest players, and he has the experience as an NBA assistant coach. Schroyer’s teams at Wyoming never really earned the respect of UNLV fans. But Jerry Tarkanian praised the hire of Schroyer from the start, and I will say Schroyer has been a very good addition to the staff. He’s a high-energy guy who gets involved in practices and on the sideline in games. Schroyer has not talked much about the Cowboys, but he did say recently he’s not that surprised by their success because he recruited several of those players and felt he was always short-handed there because of injuries. The Rebels’ coaches will downplay the Schroyer theme heading into this game. But if they win, you can bet on some players saying something like, “We really wanted to win this one for Coach Schroyer.”
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UW-Idaho State postgame thoughts

The Wyoming men’s basketball team was impressive, but it wasn’t the normal cast of characters.

Junior point guard Derrious Gilmore came off the bench and scored a team-high 18 points as UW rolled past Idaho State 80-56 Thursday night at Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho. Thirteen of Gilmore’s points came in the first half after senior JayDee Luster played only four minutes because he picked up two quick fouls.

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UW-Denver postgame thoughts

The Wyoming men’s basketball team tried to neutralize Denver sophomore forward Chris Udofia, who averaged 14 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots per game.

It did as Udofia was saddled with foul trouble and finished with eight points, eight rebounds, no blocks and five turnovers.

Unfortunately, Denver caught fire from the perimeter — especially in the second half — and beat Wyoming 57-46 Monday night at Magness Arena. UW (11-2) saw its nine-game winning streak end.

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