Showing posts with label Wyoming Cowboys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wyoming Cowboys. Show all posts

Monday, December 16, 2013

Denver Tops Wyoming, 64-61, Despite 38 and 12 from Larry Nance Jr.

College Hoops Player of the Day for Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Summit League, with its hodgepodge of teams like Nebraska-Omaha, IPFW and South Dakota State, fields some solid players, and that was in evidence Sunday when the Denver Pioneers won for the fourth time in their last five games, whipping Wyoming, 64-61.

The Pioneers had no answer in the paint for Wyoming's Larry Nance Jr., the 6'8" junior forward who's led the Cowboys to a 7-3 record, except for the outside shooting of Marcus Byrd, who made four of five three-pointers, and the sharp shooting of team leader Brett Olson, who was 8-for-12 from the field and led Denver with 23 points.

Nance scored nearly two-thirds of Wyoming's points, putting down 38 on 15-for-21 shooting and going 8-for-8 from the foul line. When he wasn't dunking or scoring inside, he was rebounding, ripping down 12 boards for just his second double-double of the season.

After Denver took a 32-23 lead into the locker room at the half, the Cowboys fought back, largely on Nance's effort, to tie the game at 57-all, when Nance made a jumper with 2:34 left. From there, Olson and Nance took over, scoring the remaining points for their respective teams. Olson hit a pair from the field and knocked down three free throws, while Nance was sent to the line twice, where he nailed all four of his foul shots, which eventually was not enough.

Denver improved to 4-5, and hosts the Belmont Bruins on Tuesday. Wyoming suffered its third road loss in four away games. They'll be back home to meet SMU on Friday.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Luke Martinez, Larry Nance Jr., Lead Wyoming to 11-0 Record

College Hoops Player of the Day for Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Don't sleep on these Cowboys.

Wyoming, despite their 11-0 record following a Tuesday night win over Denver, 71-61, remains unranked and unloved by pollsters, but the Cowboys have the players and the experience to make some noise in the Mountain West conference, where they share the lead - at 11-0 - with #16 New Mexico.

Out of the same conference, San Diego State and UNLV are also both ranked, #18 and #21, respectively.

Sophomore forward, Larry Nance Jr., son of former NBA star, Larry Nance, is showing that genetics matters, leading the Cowboys - along with senior guard Luke Martinez - to their prefect record with 21 points against the Pioneers.

Nance was 5-for-8 from the field, but converted all 11 of his free throw attempts. Martinez bombed away from the perimeter, scoring a game-high, career-high, 25 points, hitting nine of 12 shots, including 5-for-8 from beyond the arc.

Martinez converted both of his free throws, improving his percentage at the line to 93.1. Nance is hitting foul shots at an 88.4% rate, a stat that usually comes into play during conference play and into the tournament.

As a team, the Cowboys shot a remarkable 65% for the game, making 22 of 34 shots, including 8 of 12 from three-point range.

If you can't stop them and you cant foul them, that's a winning combination.