UW-Lehigh postgame thoughts

Big Shot Sobey.

That is the new nickname for Wyoming junior guard Nathan Sobey after he hit the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Cowboys a 67-66 win over Lehigh Tuesday night in a first-round CBI game in Laramie.

But let’s not forget two other players that were key in making that play happen.

After Lehigh took a 66-64 lead in the final seconds, and with no timeouts, sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr. got the ball into play quickly to true freshman guard Josh Adams. Then, Adams used his speed to get the ball up the floor quickly, and found Sobey open in the corner.

If Nance or Adams falter even the slightest, UW loses.

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VIDEO: Sobey hits game-winner for UW vs. Lehigh

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.

UW-Lehigh pregame notes

Tonight’s College Basketball Tournament appearance is Wyoming’s 25th in its 108-year history — which is about once every 4.3 years.

UW has been to the NCAA Tournament 14 times (9-19 record), NIT eight times (7-8) and CBI three times (1-2).

The Cowboys are seeking back-to-back 20 win seasons for the first time in a decade, and this is their first time they have been to the postseason in consecutive seasons over that same time frame.

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UW-Lehigh Q&A

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.

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