Nov. 7, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowboy men's basketball team played their only exhibition game of the preseason against Regis University on Friday in Laramie, beating the Rangers by a score of 78-60 and showing UW fans what is in store for the 2009-10 season.
Although the Rangers were able to keep the score close early with timely shooting, UW would pull away in the second half using their athleticism and fast-break style of play.
UW junior Djibril Thiam was a tough match-up all night and soared to 24 points on 9-9 shooting. That point total included several rim-shattering dunks by Thiam which excited the crowd and set a torrid pace for the Cowboys.
"I am very pleased with the way that we played tonight," Wyoming head coach Heath Schroyer said. "We have so many new guys out there, and there are things we need to improve on, but I am pleased with our overall performance tonight.
"We had a couple stretches where we had all five of our starters in for an extended period of time and they really geared it up and looked good."
Sophomore point guard JayDee Luster handed out 11 assists, eight of which came in the first half. He also scored eight points in the game.
Eight Cowboys played their first career game in a Wyoming uniform on Saturday--junior Rob Watsabaugh, sophomores Arthur Bouedo, Luster, Thomas Manzano and Boubacar Sylla, as well as freshmen Daylen Harrison, Desmar Jackson and M'Baye.
Wyoming led by eight points at halftime, 36-28. For the game UW shot 56.9 percent compared to 40 percent for Regis.
Matt Rosinski scored a team-high 21 points for the Rangers.
The Cowboys will open the 2009-10 regular season on Friday, Nov. 13. That day, they will host South Dakota State at 7:30 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium.