Aug. 8, 2012
Calgary, Alberta, Canada -
Five Cowboys scored in double figures, led by senior guard Luke Martinez and junior guard Nathan Sobey with 14 each, to guide the University of Wyoming men's basketball team to an 84-45 win over Mount Royal University on Wednesday night. UW's second game of the 2012 Battle of the Border started a little closer, with the Pokes in front just 15-8 after one quarter, but Wyoming outscored the Cougars 51-21 in the second and third quarters for the easy win.
"We focused more on defense for this game and we had a couple of combinations that played really well on that end tonight," UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. "We had a group of six that played the first and third quarters and held Mount Royal to eight points in each quarter."
Martinez reach double figures for the second consecutive game thanks to a 5-of-11 shooting performance, including 3-of-7 from three, while adding three rebounds, four assists and five steals. Sobey hit 4-of-9 from the floor, 2-of-6 from deep and 4-of-5 at the free throw line to go with three assists and two steals.
Freshman guard Jason McManamen scored 12 points, senior guard Derrious Gilmore had 11 and freshman guard Josh Adams contributed 10 to round out UW's double-figure scorers. Gilmore also added two assists and four steals, while Adams had five steals. Sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr. and freshman forward Derek Cooke Jr. led the Cowboys on the boards with eight rebounds each and combined for three blocks. All 12 Cowboys played at least 12 minutes.
Wyoming shot 44 percent (31-of-70) from the field and 30 percent (9-of-30) from deep, while holding the Cougars to 28 percent (15-of-52) and 17 percent (3-of-17). Mount Royal earned a 44-38 advantage in rebounds, but committed 34 turnovers to 18 for UW. The Cowboys earned a 20-11 lead in steals.
"We have a lot of work ahead but it is all things that we can correct and build on," Shyatt said. "Nine threes in a game is a good thing for us, because we are going to have to get ourselves some early looks outside to be affective this year."
Wyoming concludes play at the Battle of the Border tournament against Calgary at 8:15 p.m. on Friday.