Turnovers trouble Shyatt

There wasn’t much to be critical about in Wyoming’s 73-49 win Monday night against Idaho State, but coach Larry Shyatt pointed one out in his post-game interview session with the media.

Turnovers.

UW committed 17, which is the second-most this season.

“I told them I was going to look at how many (Idaho State) forced us into and how many we created ourselves,” Shyatt said. “I don’t want to degrate an opponent, they have a right to play well and force turnovers, but when we cough up the ball and expose oursleves, that’s something we need to get better at and will get better at.”

Shyatt estimated nine or 10 of UW’s turnovers were the result of UW not taking care of the ball.

The Cowboys average 12 turnovers per game and force nearly 16. They forced 16 against Idaho State.

UW-Idaho State postgame thoughts

Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt and his players have said time and again they don’t overlook teams and concentrate on the moment.

If there was a game UW might overlook it was Monday’s home game against a three-win Idaho State team.

But the Cowboys didn’t.

UW scored the first seven points of the game and cruised to a 73-49 win. The announced crowd of 4,628 was the second-largest in the Arena-Auditorium this season.

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Shyatt shows sense of humor

Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt is as serious as the next guy when he’s coaching his players, whether it’s in practice or in a game.

But he also has a great sense of humor, and that was on display during his teleconference with the media Thursday.

Over the last few weeks, Shyatt has talked about adding more to UW’s offense over the holiday break leading up to conference play. He said last week some new wrinkles have been added, but probably more on defense.

He then said this: “We may add a touch here and there offensively, but we’re so gifted offensively that I didn’t think we had to touch much.”

He was kidding, of course, as UW shoots about 47 percent per game, including 33 percent from 3-point range and averages 66.8 points per game.

When you’re 13-2, it’s probably easier to have a sense of humor about that.

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Shyatt, Cowboys focused on themselves

Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt said Friday he and his staff have focused more on what UW does well and needs to improve on than introducing a lot of new offensive and defensive sets since the players returned to Laramie from a few days off after their 80-56 win at Idaho State Dec. 22.

Shyatt met with frontcourt and backcourt players to go over their strength and weaknesses, and what they need to do to get better at the weaknesses. Shyatt feels this is a good time to do it as UW’s next two games are against teams its already played. The Cowboys are at Utah Valley Tuesday, a team they beat 74-41 in Laramie Nov. 30. The rematch with Idaho State is Jan. 9.

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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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