by Keith Kelley–2 Dec ’14
The Denver Pioneers jumped out to a 9-2 lead nearly five minutes into this (Tuesday) evening’s game in the Arena Auditorium. That’s when Wyoming head coach Larry Shyatt took a time out to settle his team down. It worked as the Cowboys went on a 7-0 run to tie things up, then eventually roll to a 68-42 win over Denver to stay unbeaten on the season.
The Pioneers hit six of their first ten shots before the Cowboys defense tightened up and shut the DU offense down. Defense was the big reason for the turnaround, as the Cowboys started to clamp down, noticing personnel on the floor, and junior guard Josh Adams said, they just settled down.
After a slow start on the offensive end, things began to pick up in the second half. Leading 27-20 at the break, the Pokes went on a 9-0 run to put things away early in the second half. Wyoming shot 70.6% from the field in the final 20 minutes, as they were able to get the ball to senior forward Larry Nance, Jr. That was really able to get other players open shots, and that’s something that they wanted to do.
Nance finished with a game high 17 points, as three Cowboys were in double figures. Adams finished with 11 points, while senior Charles Hankerson, Jr. added ten points and five assists. Head coach Larry Shyatt said that once they started to move the ball around and share it like they are capable of, things just started to fall into place.
For the seventh game in a row, the Cowboys shot over fifty percent from the field, 22-37 for 59.5%. They held DU to just 15-39 from the field, 38.5%. The Cowboys are now 7-0 on the season, and will face their first road test of the year Friday evening. The Pokes are at SMU for a 5 pm mountain time tipoff.