“It had the feel of a Mountain West road game.”
That’s what Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt said of the atmosphere his team faced at Colorado Friday night.
It wasn’t the typical Mountain West road game outcome for the Cowboys as they won 65-54 to snap a 23-game road losing streak dating back to February 2009 when they won at Air Force.
Once again, UW played good defense, especially in the second half as it allowed Colorado to shoot only 33.3 percent. The Buffs made only eight field goals in the half, and only scored 10 points the three-quarters through the half.
Senior center Adam Waddell had his best game since probably the 22-point, 13-rebound effort at home against Utah in 2010. All of his 17 points came in the second half. He made 7 of 9 free throws and he scored seven straight points midway though the second half that helped UW take this game over.
Junior forward Leonard Washington also was impressive with 16 points and seven rebounds. Shyatt said Wadell and Washington inside was huge for this team. He’s right.
And I almost missed it, but junior guard Luke Martinez had a career-high five steals — all in the second half. His three 3-pointers in the first half (he finished with four) kept UW in the game after it trailed 7-0 just over two minutes into the contest.
UW has won seven straight games, its longest steak since it won nine in a row in the 2002-03 season.
Without a doubt, this was the team’s most impressive victory of the season.