Shyatt talks about lack of playing time for Marshall

It’s a question asked by Wyoming men’s basketball fans almost on a daily basis.

Why isn’t Morris Marshall playing more?

Morris Marshall

Morris Marshall

The junior guard from Santa Fe Junior College in Florida was expected to give UW a scoring boost, and a some size at the two-guard at 6-foot-4.

However, Marshall has dealt with a groin injury in the fall, as well as concussion issues as the season approached. He’s played in only four games this season, with his most extensive playing time coming against Southern on Dec.10 where he logged seven minutes off the bench and scored three points.

“I think he’s coming along great physically,” UW coach Larry Shyatt said. “It’s one of those things. For him to break into the lineup or get significant minutes would mean one or two of our perimeter players we’re plaing now removed from significant minutes. As staff, we haven’t seen that being necessary at this point.

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UW-Denver men’s basketball postgame thoughts/notes

It’s becoming a common pattern for the Wyoming men’s basketball team in its first seven games — all at home.

Establish a big lead and cruise.

Minus a slow start, the Cowboys made it look pretty easy in a 68-42 win over Denver Tuesday night at the Arena-Auditorium.

UW trailed 9-2 just less than five minutes into the game. Shot selection was poor, transition defense wasn’t good, and coach Larry Shyatt took a time out.

The Cowboys trailed 16-11 with 7:59 left in the first half, and outscored the Pioneers 16-4 the rest of the half to lead 27-20 at halftime.

UW started the second half with a 9-0 runs, and the blow out was on.

Larry Nance

Larry Nance

Per normal, I really liked what senior forward Larry Nance Jr. did. He had 17 points, five rebounds, two steals and an assist. He looked like he was in pain much of the game, and had some tape on his right shoulder. Nance said it was “nothing to worry about” and Shyatt said Nance slept on the shoulder wrong the other night.

After being benched for his poor play early, junior guard Josh Adams played well with 11 points and six assists. He started UW’s first-half run with six straight points.

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VIDEO: Players give tour of newly renovated Arena-Auditorium

Six University of Wyoming men’s basketball players will take you on a tour of the many new features in the recently renovated Arena-Auditorium.

Check out everything from the new locker room, team room, training room and weight room. Also, the players will say why these changes have and will benefit the team.

The Cowboys (3-0) have three home games this week, starting at 7 p.m. Monday against Florida A&M. They also host Stetson at 7 p.m. Wednesday and New Mexico State at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

For more UW sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to

UW-Northern Colorado postgame thoughts

It was quite the day in Laramie Sunday as Wyoming gave fans their first look at the renovated Arena-Auditorium and a glimpse of this season’s men’s basketball team.

The Cowboys took care of business with a 78-70 victory over Northern Colorado in front of 5,876 fans. I must say, the A-A has a completely different feel to it. From the position of the court, the new retractable seating, the pregame introductions of players … it all feels different — but in a good way.

Here is video of the new player introductions:

As for the team, senior forward Larry Nance Jr. looked good in his first game after tearing his ACL in mid-February. He led UW with 21 points and eight rebounds. He didn’t score until about 13 minutes into the game, but he moved well, he rebounded well and logged 35 minutes. Nance also took a hard fall with just under five minutes to play that had everyone in the arena holding their collective breaths. But he was fine, and UW’s fortunes could be fine if Nance keeps this up.

Here are some highlights from the game:

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UW-Utah State postgame thoughts

It’s a pattern that is becoming all too familiar for the Wyoming men’s basketball team.

A decent to good first half and a not-so-good second half.

The Cowboys lost their fourth consecutive game with a 65-54 loss at Utah State Wednesday night. They led 29-26 at halftime and led by as many as eight early in the second half.

But then UW couldn’t make shots and couldn’t control the glass.

Utah State outscored UW 39-25 in the second half, and outrebounded UW 47-27 for the game.

That pretty much summed this game up. Utah State coach Stew Morrill said Utah State switched its defenses up more in the second half, but it looked to me its zone defense frustrated UW the most.

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UW-Nevada postgame thoughts

Another game, another close one for the Wyoming men’s basketball team.

That is the norm with this squad, and the Cowboys (13-6 overall, 4-2 Mountain West) extended their winning streak to four with a 64-62 overtime win over Nevada (10-10, 5-2) in front of a season-high crowd of 6,944.

Ten of UW’s 19 games have been decided by eight points or less, seven by five points or less and six by three points or less. And, five of its six conference games have been decided by one basket.

That one basket in this game: a running hook shot by junior forward Larry Nance Jr. that reminded many of how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar used to do it.

Here’s the video highlights from overtime, including Nance’s game-winner:

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Washington getting defensive, more minutes

Wyoming true freshman guard Trey Washington III played 16 minutes in the Cowboys’ 67-56 win at home last Saturday against San Jose State — a season-high in conference games.

Washington had eight points, two assists and one turnover. However, coach Larry Shyatt said it is Washington’s defense that has impressed him the last few weeks.

Trey Washington III

Trey Washington III

“Like many young players he needed to develop habits — habits on the ball and away from the ball,” he said. “He’s really understood what we are trying to do away from the ball, on a shooter, on  a driver. I think his basketball IQ and edge on the defensive end has really improved in practice. The assistant coaches have done a great job getting him and a lot of our new players better.”

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UW-San Jose State postgame thoughts

Larry Nance Jr. said Wyoming’s 67-56 home win over San Jose State Saturday at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie was the Cowboys best team win so far this season.

I think he is right.

Nance led the way with 18 points, 13 rebounds, five blocked shots (all in the second half). He also had two assists and two steals. Nance was good — very good in fact — but so were others. Coach Larry Shyatt described Nance as an “octopus” with the way he played — especially in the second half.

Here are some highlights from the game:

Sophomore guard Josh Adams had 16 points and a career-high seven assists. Better yet, Adams had just one turnover after he had seven turnovers at Boise State last Saturday. That was his best assist-to-turnover ration this season. The Cowboys improved to 5-2 this season when Adams leads the team in assists.

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UW-San Jose State — What to Watch

Here is one aspect of today’s Wyoming men’s basketball game with San Jose State to watch — 3-point shooting.

San Jose State wants to shoot 3s. It averages nearly 10 per game and 27 attempts per contest. The Spartans have three players that have made between 28 and 54 3s this season — led by true freshman guard Rashad Muhammad’s 54.

The Spartans made a season-high 15 3s in a game at Utah State on Jan. 4. They also attempted a season-high 40 against James Madison in November. In terms of their season lows, they made only five against Nevada and attempted 19 in three different games.

UW is fourth in the Mountain West in 3-point shooting percentage defense at 30.8 percent. In last Saturday’s 52-50 win at Boise State, the Cowboys allowed the Broncos to make 3 of 17 from long-range and none in the second half.

As for the Cowboys, they are a decent 3-point shooting team at 37.6 percent. Junior guard Riley Grabau entered this week leading the nation in 3-point shooting percentage (51.9). Two other players are shooting better than 40 percent — true freshman guard Trey Washington III (48 percent) and senior guard Jerron Granberry (44.1 percent).

UW-South Dakota postgame thoughts

A crazy day around Wyoming athletics ended that way for the men’s basketball team.

Junior forward Larry Nance Jr. made the game-winning three-point play in the final seconds to give the Cowboys a 67-66 overtime victory over South Dakota Saturday at the Rushmore Plaza Events Center in Rapid City, S.D.

Here is some overtime highlights, including Nance’s game-winning shot (didn’t get the free throw) and South Dakota’s last chance to win it.

It wasn’t one of UW’s best games. It scored four points in the final 11:10 of the first half and went scoreless for about five minutes in the second half.

A one-point UW lead at 54-53 with 2:15 left in regulation turned into a three-point deficit after junior forward Derek Cooke Jr. fouled out going for a rebound — he had a career-high 14 — and coach Larry Shyatt got a technical foul. Shyatt said after the game he didn’t say any bad words to the referee, but must have done or said something to get it in the mind of the official.

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