Nov. 3, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowboy basketball team opened the Heath Schroyer era and the 2007-08 season by defeating the Regis University Rangers 88-62 in an exhibition contest on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.
Four Cowboys scored in double figures in today's game. Senior Brad Jones and sophomore Ryan Dermody led the way with 15 points apiece. Sophomore Travis Nelson scored 12 points and junior Brandon Ewing added 11 points.
"Overall tonight we wanted playing time for everyone, to see different combinations and to get a good gauge of where we are," said first-year Wyoming head coach Heath Schroyer. "We accomplished a lot of what we wanted to get done. Everyone played, we were able to get a good look at many different combinations and we had three freshmen (Marios Matalon, Mikhail Linskens and Adam Waddell) give us some good minutes."
Wyoming had a very good effort today defensively as they held Regis to 30.2 percent shooting in the game. They also out rebounded the Rangers 44-27.
UW's freshmen contributed greatly in today's win. Mikhail Linskens scored eight points and blocked three shots, Adam Waddell had five points and six rebounds and Marios Matalon had six points and five assists. NeitherLinskens or Matalon missed a shot in the game as Linskens finished a perfect 4 of 4 from the field and Matalon was 3 of 3.
"Like any coach in America, we still have a lot to do in practice, but we did see some good things out there today," added Schroyer.
Regis was led in scoring by their guard tandem of Aaron Sutton and Laramie native Andy Pokorny, who each pitched in 14 points. Forward Geremy Gibson had eight rebounds for the Rangers.
The Cowboys will play one more exhibition game this coming Tuesday, Nov. 6th against CSU-Pueblo in Laramie. Tip is set for 7 p.m. MT. The regular season begins for UW on Saturday, Nov. 10th against Colorado-Colorado Springs in Laramie at 7 p.m. MT.