Sellers Powers Pokes Past Rattlers, 66-45

Nov. 24, 2014


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Senior forward Matt Sellers poured in a career-high 16 points and 10 other Cowboys scored to propel the University of Wyoming men's basketball team to a dominant 66-45 victory over Florida A&M on Monday night in the Arena-Auditorium. The Cowboys (4-0) led by double digits just over five minutes into the game and held a 20-point advantage for all but 16 seconds of the second half.

"I am really pleased with the way our guys came out tonight," UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. "I think the individuals who stole the show on the court were some of our young players along with Matt Sellers. But I do have to take my hat off to the older players. It's been two years where we've played some smaller schools, like we did tonight, and we haven't been able to bust the game open to where we had the opportunity to play our better, younger players. Tonight that wasn't the case."

Sellers' night came on 8-of-9 from the field and he added eight rebounds, an assist and block, but he had plenty of help. Redshirt sophomore Jason McManamen and freshman forward Jeremy Lieberman added nine points apiece, while Cooke contributed six points and seven rebounds. All 11 Pokes that played scored and all but one notched an assist, as Wyoming continued to roll offensively. The Cowboys assisted on 21 of 25 baskets, their fourth-straight game with more than 20 assists, and shot 53 percent (25-of-47) from the field for their fourth-straight game above 50 percent.

"What can I say about Matt Sellers?" Shyatt said. "I'm so proud of how hard he's worked in the offseason, and how well he showed tonight. Jeremy Lieberman, Jason McManamen -- a lot of young men, getting a lot of minutes."

The Wyoming defense wasn't too shabby either, holding its third-straight foe below 50 points for the first time since January 2013. FAMU managed just 15 points in the first half and shot 36 percent (18-of-49) from the field for the game. The Cowboys committed a season-low nine fouls on the defensive end after coming into the contest averaging 11.6 for first in the Mountain West and fourth in the NCAA. The Cowboys also outrebounded the Rattlers, 36-22, the highest rebounding margin since December 2011.

Wyoming hosts its third game in the last five days when the Cowboys welcome Stetson to the Arena-Auditorium on Wednesday at 7 p.m. MT.