The Wyoming Cowboys held off Fresno State tonight (Tuesday) in Laramie, as the Pokes won their third straight, ending Fresno State’s five-game winning streak, 72-66. The good news is the win, but the bad news is the speculation that junior forward Larry Nance, Jr. could be lost for some significant amount of time. Nance injured his right knee with just under 15 minutes remaining in the game. Head coach Larry Shyatt said that it doesn’t look good for Nance and that he is scheduled for an MRI Wednesday morning, but it’s something that the Pokes and Nance can come back from according to Shyatt.
When Nance went down, the Cowboys held a 38-31 advantage. Fresno State would tie the game at 40 soon after. But Wyoming would bounce back, rattling off seven straight points of their own, and would not look back with their team leader on the bench. Senior guard Nathan Sobey, who finished with a career high 26 points and seven rebounds, said they settled down eventually following the injury. Cowboy big man Derek Cooke, Jr. also had to pick up the slack with Nance out. Cooke finished with just three points, but also nabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots, something he knew he needed to do to fill the void when Nance went out.
On a night with Nance’s injury and with junior guard Riley Grabau having a poor offensive game, scoring eight points and just 1-6 shooting, Shyatt said Sobey’s performance was a big one. Shyatt said that Sobey did a good job of attacking the basket. Sobey said he talked with assistant coach Jeremy Shyatt, and they talked about staying aggressive for 40 minutes.
Wyoming did a good job all game long of attacking the basket as a team, as they fouled out four Fresno State players. The Cowboys were 33-44 from the line, outscoring the Bulldogs from the charity stripe by a dozen points.
Nance finished the game with 17 points before leaving the game early in the second half. Josh Adams was also in double figures with ten points. The Cowboys improve to 17-9 on the season and 8-5 in the Mountain West. They are at Colorado State Saturday afternoon