Coaches weigh in about keeping MW Tournament at Thomas & Mack Center

Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt spoke for a little more than 20 minutes Monday on behalf of the other 10 Mountain West men’s hoops coaches about the league’s decision to change the format of the MW Tournament to eight teams for both the men’s and women’s events starting in 2017.

Larry Shyatt

Larry Shyatt

In the past, and for the 2016 event, all teams were allowed to participate.

Here’s is Shyatt’s full statement from Monday. Quick hint, he didn’t hold anything back and needless to say, he wasn’t happy.

The MW decision, which was released on Dec. 18, also included keeping the MW Tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas — the home court for UNLV — through 2019.

UNLV has won three MW Tournament titles there, with the last one coming in 2008. The MW gets a good deal in terms of “rent” for the facility, which was the driving force to keeping it there.

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UW-Colorado St. postgame thoughts

That was a heck of a college basketball game!

The Wyoming Cowgirls and Colorado State Rams needed 55 minutes — triple overtime — to decide the outcome. Unfortunately for UW, it lost 95-92 in the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament Friday afternoon at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Here are some key numbers from the game:

4 — players that fouled out for each team.

15 — ties in the game.

27 — combined turnovers.

61 — ┬ácombined fouls.

88 — free throws attempted.

109 — rebounds.

157 — shot attempts

Here are some highlights from the second half and all three overtimes:

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UW-UNLV postgame thoughts

They played hard, the effort was there and so was the guts and determination to make a late-game charge.

But it wasn’t enough for the Wyoming Cowboys as they lost 71-67 to UNLV in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament Thursday afternoon at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

UW (18-14), the tournament’s fifth seed, lost its 13th straight game to UNLV in Las Vegas. It will find out late Sunday night if it plays in the postseason. It should get an invite to the CBI or CIT tournaments.

Here are some second half highlights:

Thursday’s game was a bit odd.

Sophomore guard Josh Adams carried the Cowboys in the first half. He scored 18 of his game-high 24 points then, including a dunk that had the entire crowd — about an even split of UW and UNLV fans — in awe. Adams also had seven rebounds, three assists and tied a career-high with two blocked shots.

UNLV kept Adams at bay in the second half, then it was Jerron Granberry’s turn. All of his career-high 18 points came in the second half. He scored UW’s first 10 points to start the half, and his three-point play with 23.1 seconds left pulled the Cowboys to within one at 66-65.

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VIDEO: Wyoming-New Mexico postgame

Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt, and from left to right, players Josh Adams, Derrious Gilmore and Larry Nance Jr. talk about the Cowboys’ 59-46 loss to No. 15 New Mexico in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.