The last two points scored by Wyoming in their 85-64 win over Arkansas State on Saturday got the biggest cheer from the bench. It wasn’t the most exciting play of the game, that was a Josh Adams alley-oop from Nathan Sobey. It wasn’t an important play, the Pokes had been enjoying a 20-point cushion for much of the second half.
When sophomore walk-on Aaron Tyser hit a reverse layup to score his first career points as a Cowboy, it was a team-defining moment.
“We were all just so happy and proud for him that it just exploded into a celebration,” said Larry Nance, Jr. ”You can kind of see how close we are as a team just because of that. I mean one guy scored and I don’t know if there was one guy on the bench sitting down. We all jumped as high as we could… We’re all extremely happy for him.”
“We’re also happy because he comes to work every day just like everybody else and to see him come in there and get a bucket is special,” added Riley Grabau, one of three Cowboys to score in double digits.
“I play on the most unselfish team in the country in my opinion,” said Adams, who led UW with a career-high 20 points on his 20th birthday. “You saw Charles Hankerson give up a fast break to one of his teammates and I think probably half of my points came off of other guys giving me the ball.”
“The most impressive thing for me is to be around a club that looks to make the extra pass,” said Head Coach Larry Shyatt as he mentioned UW’s 11 assists and 1 turnover in the first half. “When you don’t have a go-to guy… we have to become an extra pass ball club and I felt that we made strides in that direction.”
In addition to leading the Pokes in scoring, Adams also had a career-high 6 assists. Nance had 18 points and 6 rebounds while Grabau put up 16 points and Derek Cooke, Jr. grabbed 10 rebounds.
Wyoming (2-1) shot 56.3 percent (27-of-49) from the field including 47.1 percent (8-of-17) from 3-point range. Arkansas State (2-1) was held to 35.7 percent (20-of-56) from the field and 34.6 percent (9-of-26) from beyond the arc. The Cowboys out-rebounded the Red Wolves 35-to-28.
The Cowboys will be right back on the court on Monday, November 18, to take on Jackson State. That game is set to tip at 7:30 p.m.
Coach Larry Shyatt Postgame Interview