By Tracy Ringolsby, WelcomeTo7220.com
The Cowboys original basketball schedule had them hosting UNLV in Laramie Dec. 20 and Dec. 22. It never happened. COVID issues at UNLV led to those games being postponed.
Well, the Cowboys and UNLV made up for that — half way. The regular season came to a close at the AA on Saturday with Wyoming beating UNLV 80-69.
Now it is off to the Mountain West tournament in Las Vegas. The Cowboys face San Jose State in their tournament opener in at 5:30 tipoff on Wednesday night.
Here’s the irony: While Wyoming was scheduled to open the season against UNLV but wound up concluding it with a visit from UNLV, the Cowboys were supposed to close the regular season Feb. 25 and Feb. 27 against San Jose State, but those games were cancelled. Now the Cowboys are scheduled to face San Jose State in their MW Tournament opener.
And Did You Know . . .
TEAM NOTES (courtesy Nick Seeman, Wyoming Athletics)
•Wyoming and UNLV met for the 60th time on Saturday.
•Wyoming now trails in the all-time series 19-41 in a series that dates back to 1966.
•The Pokes are 16-11 all-time against UNLV in Laramie.
•Wyoming closes out the regular season with a 13-9 overall record and a 7-9 mark in the MW.
•The Pokes shot 50 percent from behind the arc for the third game shooting 50 percent or more from
behind the arc this season
•The Cowboy bench added 31 points, outscoring UNLV 31-27. Wyoming is 8-0 when the bench
outscores the opponent.
•The Cowboys shot a season-high 55 percent from the field.
•Freshman Graham Ike recorded 17 points for his fifth game in double figures this season
•Ike had 13 of his 17 points in the first half.
•Ike recorded a career-high eight made field goals.
•Junior Hunter Thompson added 12 points for his sixth game in double-figures and second-straight.
•Thompson hit four triples for the most in a game since hitting four in the series opener against New Mexico.
•Junior Hunter Maldonado added 12 points for his 17th game in double-figures this season and the
56th of his career.
•He also added nine rebounds and has right or more rebounds in four-straight games.
•Junior Drake Jeffries added 14 points for his seventh game in double-figures this season.
•He hit four three pointers and has four or more threes in five games this season. He has 50 threes on the season.