LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team faces a quick turnaround for its first road game of 2015-16, as the Cowboys (1-0) play at Indiana State on Monday. The Pokes opened the season with a 101-62 victory over Bristol last Friday in the Arena-Auditorium, but now hit the road for the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Conference Challenge. The Sycamores began their season with a 72-70 home loss to IUPUI last Friday. Monday's tip is set for 5 p.m. MT at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Ind.
Fans can follow live stats, audio and ESPN3 video of the game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on GoWYO.com. The contest will be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network.
A Look at the Matchup
Head coach Larry Shyatt had five Cowboys score in double figures in last Friday's 101-62 win over Bristol, as the Pokes moved to 75-36 all-time in season openers and 89-22 in home openers. The run-away victory was also Wyoming's 13th-straight nonconference win in the Arena-Auditorium to tie for the ninth-longest streak in school history. The Pokes came out of the chutes with a 21-9 run thanks to several threes in the first five minutes and never looked back. Wyoming shot 55 percent (31-of-56) from the field and 43 percent (12-of-28) from deep to go with 73 percent (27-of-37) at the charity stripe. The Pokes held Bristol to 34 percent (23-of-68) and 31 percent (10-of-32), respectively, while outrebounding the Bears 46-33 and earning a 20-9 advantage in assists. Wyoming outscored Bristol 34-16 in the paint. The Pokes were picked to finish eighth in the MW preseason media poll.
Indiana State went 15-16 overall last season, but 11-7 in the Missouri Valley to finish third in the conference. Head coach Greg Lansing welcomed back three starters and nine letterwinners from that squad, but started the 2015-16 campaign with a 72-70 home loss to IUPUI last Friday. The Sycamores had two free throws to tie the game with 27 seconds left, but only connected on one and couldn't close the gap from there. ISU shot 41 percent (23-of-56) from the floor, but just 22 percent (4-of-18) from deep and 57 percent (20-of-35) at the free-throw line. IUPUI hit 48 percent (23-of-48) from the field and 70 percent (21-of-30) of its freebies. The two teams combined for 54 fouls and 30 turnovers. Indiana State's exhibition game was a 91-71 home win over DePauw on Nov. 7. The Sycamores were picked sixth in the MVC preseason poll.
Each Team's Leaders
Sophomore guard Alexander Aka Gorski's 18 points paced the Pokes versus the Bears, as he earned his first career start in brown and gold. Junior guard Jason McManamen added 14 points thanks to a 4-of-6 showing beyond the arc and fellow junior guard Morris Marshall had the same point total to go with five rebounds. Redshirt sophomore guard Trey Washington III posted 13 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals, while freshman guard Justin James added 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Senior guard Josh Adams, a preseason All-MW selection, and sophomore guard Jeremy Lieberman both notched seven assists. Aka Gorski, McManamen, Adams, Lieberman and sophomore forward Alan Herndon started for the Pokes, but Shyatt has said the starting lineup will be fluid this season.
Senior guard Devonte Brown is a preseason All-MVC selection and showed why against IUPUI. He notched a game-high 25 points to go with four assists, three steals and two rebounds. Senior guard/forward Khristian Smith posted a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds in just 28 minutes of action. He nabbed three steals as well. Sophomore guard Brenton Scott was ISU's other scorer in double figures at 12 points to go with six rebounds and two steals. Sophomore forward/center Brandon Murphy and junior forward Matt Van Scyoc rounded out the Sycamore starters, but the duo went a combined 0-of-6 from the floor.
About the Series
Wyoming is 1-1 all-time in Terre Haute, but is 3-1 overall against Indiana State. The Cowboys earned an 81-51 home win on Dec. 4, 2010, in the last meeting with the Sycamores and a 69-57 road win on Dec. 30, 2002, in their last trip to ISU.
The Pokes return home to host New Mexico Highlands on Thursday at 7 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or online at GoWYO.com.