LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Senior forward Matt Sellers posted a game-high 12 points and 11 different Cowboys scored to push the University of Wyoming men's basketball team to a 70-35 win over Regis on Sunday afternoon in the Arena-Auditorium. Fellow senior forward Larry Nance Jr. tallied his 1,000th point as a Cowboy, as the Pokes (8-1) dominated the paint, 36-6, and outrebounded the Rangers (2-4), 38-26. Wyoming has held six opponents under 50 points this season.
"I'm very pleased that our guys could focus on the one thing I wanted them to focus on, which was hold`em, hold `em, hold `em -- 17 points the first half and 18 points the second half," UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. "I thought we did a really good job of focusing on the defensive end. We were also able to get a lot of time for our reserves today."
The Cowboys were maintaining a slim advantage in the first half when Sellers sparked a 12-2 run by notching 10 of those 12 points himself. The spurt put the Pokes up by 18 at 33-15 with four minutes left in the first half and Wyoming extended the lead to as many as 36 late in the second half. Sellers led the Pokes in scoring for the second time this season, going 6-of-9 from the field and added four rebounds.
Nance added six points against the Rangers to sit at 1,002 for his career. He is the 33rd Cowboy to reach the 1,000-point mark and first since Brandon Ewing in 2008-09. He has averaged 9.9 points in his 101 career games. Freshmen Alexander Aka Gorski and Jonathan Barnes had career days as well, as Aka Gorski poured in a career-high nine points and Barnes chalked up a career-best eight. Redshirt freshman forward Alan Herndon contributed seven points and a team-high seven rebounds. In all, 11 Cowboys scored and the Wyoming bench tallied a season-high 41 points.
Wyoming shot 54 percent (28-of-52) from the field for its eighth game this season shooting over 50 percent from the field, while its 28 field goals were the most this season. Regis was held to 28 percent (14-of-49) from the field for the second-lowest field goal percentage given up by the Pokes this season. Wyoming also grabbed a season-high 38 rebounds for their fifth game with 30 or more rebounds this year and served up a season-high 14 second chance points off of 10 offensive rebounds.
The Cowboys are on the road next at California on Wednesday at 9 p.m. MT.