Aug. 10, 2012
Calgary, Alberta, Canada -
Senior guard Luke Martinez paced four Cowboys in double figures with 15 points to propel the University of Wyoming men's basketball to a 95-67 win over Calgary on Friday night in the final game of the 2012 Battle of the Border. The Cowboys were tied with the Dinos at 36-36 at halftime, but outscored them 35-16 in the third period en route to clinching a perfect 3-0 record at the event.
"We didn't play very well in the first half tonight, because we took for granted this was a team that we beat handily last time," Wyoming head coach Larry Shyatt said. "In the second half we really strung together some good defensive possessions, though, and knocked in some shots."
Martinez scored in double figures for UW during all three games of the tournament, as he went 5-of-9 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line on Friday night. He also added five rebounds and two assists. Fellow senior guard Derrious Gilmore posted 12 points on 4-of-6 from the field, including 2-of-3 from deep, to go with two assists.
Sophomore guard Jack Bentz and freshman guard Jason McManamen each contributed 10 points, including a perfect 7-of-7 showing at the free throw line for Bentz. Sophomore forward Derek Cooke Jr. pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and sophomore center Matt Sellers had seven. All 12 Cowboys played at least 14 minutes.
"I'm most proud of Jack Bentz, who started a game like everybody else, but really took advantage of his time," Shyatt said. "He was our only guard that played the entire tournament without a turnover. I'm proud of him because he's all about the right things. It's hard for a walk-on to earn the respect of his teammates and he has the respect of our players on and off the court."
Wyoming shot 49 percent (34-of-70) from the field and 28 percent (7-of-25) from deep, while hitting 83 percent (20-of-24) of its free throws. Calgary connected on 34 percent (20-of-59) from the field and 29 percent (5-of-17) beyond the arc. Wyoming earned a 40-37 rebounding advantage and committed just 12 turnovers to 21 for Calgary.
"Going 20-of-24 at the free throw line is excellent and we did that this whole tournament," Shyatt said. "All in all I am really proud of our guys and really happy they were able to have this experience for being such an inexperienced team."
Shyatt said the Cowboys visited a local children's hospital prior to the game during the day, after participating in a team golf tournament during their off day on Thursday. Wyoming will now have two weeks off before school starts on Aug. 27 and practice starts on Oct. 12.