Oct. 31, 2012
Sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr. scored a game-high 21 points and the University of Wyoming men's basketball team used a 17-0 run early in the second half to down Fort Lewis College, 82-61, in exhibition play on Wednesday night at Wyoming Indian High School. The Cowboys lead by just five at halftime, but outscored the Skyhawks by 16 points in the second half for the easy victory.
The exhibition game was played in conjunction with Nike's N7 outreach program, as the Cowboys also took time during the day to visit Wyoming Indian Elementary School.
Nance shot 6-of-11 from the field and 8-of-10 at the free throw line, while adding eight rebounds and three assists to pace five Cowboys in double-figure points. Freshman guard Josh Adams added 12 points, senior guard Luke Martinez and freshman guard Jason McManamen each had 11 and freshman forward Derek Cooke Jr. contributed 10 and nine rebounds.
Wyoming shot 52 percent (29-of-56) from the field, including 41 percent (9-of-22) beyond the arc, to 49 percent (23-of-47) and 26 percent (6-of-23) for Fort Lewis. The Cowboys earned a 40-23 advantage in rebounds and 19-14 in assists.
Back-to-back threes from Martinez opened the scoring for Wyoming, but Fort Lewis crafted an early 8-0 run to take the lead and held it the majority of the first half. A high-flying dunk from Cooke Jr. knotted the score at 14 seven minutes in, but the Skyhawks once again pulled away. The Cowboys used a 10-1 run over the final four minutes to go into halftime with a 36-31 advantage. The spurt was highlighted by two-straight treys from McManamen and another three from Martinez to end the half.
Martinez scored 11 points and pulled down four rebounds in the first half, while McManamen added six points and Nance and senior guard Derrious Gilmore both had five. Wyoming shot 50 percent from the floor (12-of-24) and from beyond the arc (7-of-14) to the same total from the floor for Fort Lewis. The Skyhawks only hit 27 percent (3-of-11) from deep and were outrebounded 18-14.
The Cowboys floated through the first five minutes of the second half still up by five, until crafting a 17-0 run over the next six minutes thanks to Nance. McManamen started it with a trey and Nance had nine in the spurt to put UW up 62-43 with nine minutes left. Fort Lewis went without a field goal for over six minutes and couldn't get any closer than 16 down the stretch. Nance scored 16 of his 21 in the second half.
Wyoming concludes exhibition play by hosting College of Wooster on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium.