Nov. 3, 2012
Laramie, Wyo. -
Sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr. posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds to propel the University of Wyoming men's basketball team to a 61-46 exhibition win over the College of Wooster on Saturday night in the Arena-Auditorium. The Cowboys picked up their 23rd consecutive exhibition win with a well-crafted 12-6 run over the final nine minutes of the game.
"I thought we were a lot better on defense tonight," UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. "We gave up some threes toward the end of the game, which was disappointing, but it was their big guy and he had not attempted one in his career before that. We had a poor shooting night, but it showed our guys that we are going to have that and we have to find a way to win on those nights. We found a way to stop them on defense and win the game."
Nance went 4-of-9 from the floor and 4-of-4 at the free throw line, while adding four offensive and seven defensive rebounds for this double-double. Senior guard Luke Martinez scored 11 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists, and freshman guard Josh Adams rounded out UW's double-digit scorers with 10 points.
Wyoming shot 36 percent (21-of-58) from the field for the game and 21 percent (4-of-19) from beyond the arc to 35 percent (15-of-42) and 38 percent (7-of-18) for the Fighting Scots. The Cowboys earned a 40-34 advantage in rebounds and committed just 10 turnovers to 20 for Wooster. UW earned a 14-7 lead in steals.
The Cowboys opened the game with an 11-2 run, capped by a three from senior guard Derrious Gilmore, but Wooster rallied with a 13-0 run over the next six minutes to go up 15-11 midway through the half. Wyoming fought back to tie the game at 19-19 on two Martinez free throws, and went on to outscore the Fighting Scots 13-5 over the final six minutes of the half to go into the break ahead 32-24.
Martinez scored 11 in the first half, while Nance had six points and three rebounds. Wyoming shot 35 percent (9-of-26) from the field to 42 percent (8-of-19) for Wooster, but the Fighting Scots committed 13 turnovers to just six for Wyoming.
Wooster pulled to within five early in the second half, but a 6-0 spurt from Wyoming put the Cowboys ahead by double digits for the first time with a 41-31 lead at the 14:04 mark. The Fighting Scots responded with back-to-back treys to narrow the margin to four just two minutes later, but the Pokes scored seven straight to go back up by double digits at the eight minute mark. Wyoming expanded the lead to as many as 18 down the stretch to ease home for the victory.
Nance and Adams both had six points in the second half, as Nance also collected eight rebounds. Wyoming shot 38 percent (12-of-32) in the second half to 30 percent (7-of-23) for Wooster, while the Cowboys earned a 27-16 rebound advantage.
Wyoming opens the regular season by hosting Western State on Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium.