The Wyoming men’s basketball team tried to neutralize Denver sophomore forward Chris Udofia, who averaged 14 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots per game.
It did as Udofia was saddled with foul trouble and finished with eight points, eight rebounds, no blocks and five turnovers.
Unfortunately, Denver caught fire from the perimeter — especially in the second half — and beat Wyoming 57-46 Monday night at Magness Arena. UW (11-2) saw its nine-game winning streak end.
The Pioneers made 6 of 9 3-pointers in the second half. Junior Chase Hallam’s back-to-back treys in about a two-minute stretch late in the game sealed the game.
UW made only 1 of 13 from behind the arc.
There has to be something about this building because in its last four games here dating back to 2006 UW is a combined 5 of 38 from 3-point range. The last time it played here it didn’t make a 3 in an 80-77 loss.
Junior forward Leonard Washington was impressive with 18 points and nine rebounds. But everyone else was kept in check by Denver’s defense. Senior Francisco Cruz had 11 points, but had a team-high four turnovers.
Still, UW has yet to allow a team to score more than 58 points this season. But it needs to improve offensively, and coach Larry Shyatt said he needs to find more ways for his guys to get open shots prior to Thursday’s game at Idaho State.
See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for more from the game.