There wasn’t a lot to be excited about for the first 30 minutes of Wyoming’ game with Oklahoma Panhandle State.
But the Cowboys went on a 25-6 run over the final 10 minutes for a 74-55 win Saturday afternoon in Laramie.
The game was tied at 49-49 before the run. It shouldn’t have been. The Cowboys missed 17 shots that were either layups, dunks or right around the basket. UW wasn’t as sharp as it was in wins over then No. 19 Colorado last Saturday and at Illinois State on Tuesday. Understandable and somewhat disappointing against a Division II team, but the Cowboys were good down the stretch.
I picked senior point guard Derrious Gilmore as the most valuable player. He had 21 points, including a career-high six 3-pointers. Coach Larry Shyatt was right when he said teams have to play UW differently this season since Gilmore is a scoring threat.
The Wyoming men’s basketball team hosts Division II Oklahoma Panhandle State at 2 p.m. Saturday in Laramie.
Should be an easy win for UW, but coach Larry Shyatt and the players don’t want to hear anything about that.
“It is off to the next challenge,” true freshman guard Josh Adams said. “This is our most important game because it is the next one. (The Illinois State) win meant a lot because people are always under rating us. We love being the underdog.”
The Cowboys’ RPI shot up to 33 after their 81-67 win at Illinois State on Tuesday. ESPN college basketball analyst Andy Katz described 9-0 UW as “legitimate.” Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com called UW “frauds” prior to the Illinois State game among the nation’s undefeated teams.
What do you think, folks, is Wyoming a contender or pretender, or do you need to see more before making that decision?