Nov. 15, 2012
Laramie, Wyo. -
Senior guard Luke Martinez topped the 20-point mark for the second-straight night with 21 and senior forward Leonard Washington added another double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the University of Wyoming men's basketball team to a dominant 71-51 victory over South Dakota on Thursday night. The Cowboys led by 15 at halftime and nailed 12 threes in the game to improve to 2-0 in the Global Sports Hoops Showcase and 3-0 on the season.
"I think this was our best complete game of the year, including the Canada [summer] trip because everybody we used off the bench gave us something positive," Wyoming head coach Larry Shyatt said. "That's not to say we didn't have mistakes, but our focus was important. I thought even the group that was in there at the end maintained their focus."
Martinez went 7-of-9 beyond the arc to tie for the second-best performance in UW single-game history and third in Arena-Auditorium history, while Washington claimed his second double-double this season and added three assists and a block. Sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr. posted a career-high 12 points and six rebounds, while sophomore guard Riley Grabau notched a career-high six assists and has yet to turn the ball over this season.
Wyoming shot 45 percent (26-of-57) from the field to go with a season-high 48 percent (12-of-25) from three, while USD hit 30 percent (16-of-53) and 31 percent (5-of-16). The Pokes outrebounded the Coyotes by one, 38-37 and had an 18-7 advantage in assists.
"When you can make 12 threes and guard like we did tonight, holding them to 30 percent from the field and 31 percent from three, instead of a 10-point game you can stretch it out to 20 plus and that's what we were able to do tonight," Shyatt said.
The Cowboys got off to a quick 10-0 lead thanks to a 6-of-7 start from the field, including two treys from Martinez. South Dakota pulled within four at the five minute mark, but another three from Martinez and a Nance dunk quickly pushed the advantage back to double digits midway through the half. Washington would score nine of UW's next 11 points to keep the advantage around 10 and put the Cowboys ahead 35-20 at halftime.
Washington posted 10 points and four rebounds in the first half, while Martinez added nine points and Cooke had five rebounds. Wyoming shot 44 percent from the field (12-of-27) and beyond the arc (4-of-9) in the first half, while holding South Dakota to 25 percent (7-of-28) and 30 percent (3-of-10). UW earned a slim 20-19 advantage in rebounds, but forced 12 turnovers and committed just nine.
Back-to-back treys from Martinez and Washington got Wyoming rolling early in the second half, and the Pokes never looked back. South Dakota could only get as close at 13 in the half, as Martinez scored 12 points in the half and Washington added seven points and seven rebounds. The Cowboys led by as many as 24 with just over four minutes left.
Wyoming concludes the Global Sports Hoops Showcase against Southern on Friday at 8 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium.