Nov. 12, 2011
Laramie, Wyo. -
Redshirt juniors Leonard Washington and Luke Martinez combined for 27 points to pace the University of Wyoming men's basketball team to a 78-39 season-opening win over Western State College on Saturday night in the Arena-Auditorium. Washington notched a game-high 14 and Martinez added 13, as the duo made their Cowboy debut and helped UW dominate all facets of the game right from the start.
"In those first five minutes, I thought our guys did a good job and we were solid as a rock defensively," UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. "We also made some shots in the beginning. We did a good job removing open looks for the first 30 minutes until the game got a little sloppy."
Washington went 6-of-7 from the field, including a couple highlight-reel dunks, while Martinez missed one shot all night going 3-of-3 from the field, 1-of-1 from deep and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. Senior guard Francisco Cruz scored 11 points and had a team-high three assists. Freshman forward Larry Nance Jr. had eight rebounds in a game that saw all 14 Cowboys play.
UW shot 54 percent (28-of-52) for the game, including 33 percent (5-of-15) behind the arc, while holding WSC to 26 percent (12-of-45) and 13 percent (2-of-15). The Cowboys outrebounded the Mountaineers 40-25 and held a 13-4 advantage in assists.
Wyoming gained control right away with a 16-2 run to start the game, as UW started 5-of-7 from the field to 1-of-6 for WSC. Cruz and Martinez both contributed seven points in the spurt. A thunderous Washington dunk extended the advantage to 25 at 32-7 midway through the half, while the UW defense held the Mountaineers without a field goal for nearly five minutes. The Cowboys built their biggest lead of the first half at 34, 48-14, with 2:57 to go.
The Cowboys shot a scorching 62 percent (16-of-26) from the field in the first half, including 50 percent (4-of-8) from deep, and held Western State to 23 percent (5-of-21) and 0-of-7 from behind the arc. UW posted a 21-9 advantage in rebounds and 9-0 in assists.
UW kept the pressure on in the second half by extending its lead to as many as 49 midway through the frame. Nance and Washington each contributed six points in the second half, and senior forward Rob Watsabaugh had five rebounds.
Wyoming continues its season by hosting Northern Colorado on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium.