Dec. 19, 1987
Wyoming 87, Nebraska 58
On this date the Wyoming Cowboy basketball team defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 87-58 in Laramie before a sold-out crowd of 15,012.
The Cowboys were led by seniors Fennis Dembo and Eric Leckner, who scored 24 and 15 points, respectively. Dembo was 4-8 from the three-point arc, while Leckner pulled down six rebounds. Turk Boyd had five assists in the game.
The two teams played a tight game in the first half, the Cowboys with a slight edge at halftime, 38-34. But, the second half was a completely different story as UW outscored NU 49-24. Wyoming used a 13-2 run early in the half to solidify their lead and put the game out of reach. During that run Dembo hit a three-pointer, Leckner had two baskets, Willie Jones scored four points and Robyn Davis excited the crowd with a dunk.
The Pokes' `D' gave Nebraska fits all game, as the Cowboys forced 28 Husker turnovers, had 14 steals (Boyd, 5) and 10 blocked shots.
The win over Nebraska was part of an 11-0 start to the season for Wyoming. The Cowboys peaked in the national polls at #5 on the AP list shortly after that win.
In Benny Dees' first season as head coach at UW, his experience-rich squad would finish the season with a record of 26-6. Dembo and Leckner were both named First Team All-WAC, the Cowboys won their second consecutive WAC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.
Wyoming faced Loyola-Marymount, with stars Bo Kimble and Hank Gathers, in the opening round of the 1988 NCAA Tournament and lost in a high-scoring game 119-115.