UW-Colorado St. postgame thoughts

Wow, that game slipped away from the Wyoming men’s basketball team in a hurry.

Tied at 31 at Colorado State at halftime, the Cowboys had no answer for the Rams in the second half in an 82-67 loss in front of a loud and energetic crowd of 6,590 at Moby Arena. There were a good number of UW fans here, but they didn’t have a chance to make a lot of noise in the second half.

Colorado State shot 58.6 percent in the final 20 minutes, and made 12 of its first 17 shots. It also was 7 of 15 from 3-point range, and 5 of 9 in the second half.

UW coach Larry Shyatt and all the players I talked to after the game said UW couldn’t stop the Rams. The Cowboys also couldn’t rebound. They were outrebounded 37-21 and 13-2 on the offensive glass. Colorado State scored 36 points in the paint (18 for UW) and 12 second-chance points.

Not many highlights for UW in this one, but here are a few:

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UW-Colorado St. men’s basketball Q&A

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Matt Stephens, who covers Colorado State men’s basketball for the Fort Collins Coloradan, about today’s game with the University of Wyoming at 4:05 p.m. at Moby Arena in Fort Collins, Colo.

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At 14-13 overall and 5-9 in the conference, are you surprised the Rams are where they are at this point in the season?

As much as I’d like to join the masses and say yes, in all honesty, I can’t. This is a team that lost five seniors starters from last season, including a second-round NBA draft pick. We knew there was going to be a significant drop off. Only Daniel Bejarano and Jon Octeus played significant minutes for this team last year.

There are a few games, however, that I am a little surprised CSU has lost, like at home to Utah State and at Nevada, but overall, this is about how I thought the Rams’ would perform.

What’s caught me off guard more this season is how other mid-level teams in the Mountain West are playing. Fresno State has seemed to find its identity. Wyoming has come a long way and Utah State is transitioning fairly well from the Western Athletic Conference. Those teams have really magnified CSU falling to the bottom of the standings.

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