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Wyoming eases past Arkansas State 85-64
LARAMIE (AP) — Josh Adams celebrated his 20th birthday with a career-high 20 points and Wyoming shot 56 percent from the field to defeat Arkansas State 85-64 on Saturday.
Larry Nance Jr. had 18 points and six rebounds and Riley Grabau added 16 points for the Cowboys (2-1), who shot 64 percent in the first half (16 of 25). Derek Cooke Jr. had eight points and 10 rebounds for Wyoming.
Melvin Johnson III led Arkansas State (2-1) with 22 points and six rebounds and Kirk Van Slyke added 13 points. The Red Wolves struggled all day from the floor, finishing at 36 percent.
Adams, who was 8 of 11 shooting, scored 11 points in the first nine minutes to stake Wyoming to a 26-13 lead. His dazzling behind-the-back pass set up Cooke’s layup just before the break to put the Cowboys up 56-32. Adams had a career-high 6 assists.
“I play on the most unselfish team in the country in my opinion,” Adams said.
“Probably half my points came off of other guys giving me the ball, so I’ve got to give all the credit to my teammates today, just finding me, and I do what I can for the team.”
Adams sank a 3-pointer on the game’s first possession and finished with three dunks, including one on a lob from Nathan Sobey to boost the lead to 73-50.
One play in particular symbolized the Cowboys’ selfless play. With just over seven minutes remaining, Wyoming’s Jerron Granberry stripped Cameron Golden of the ball, then threw a long pass to Charles Hankerson Jr. streaking the other way. But Hankerson, with no defender in his path, gave up a sure dunk by dishing to Sobey for a layup to put Wyoming up 83-55, for its largest lead.
The Cowboys finished with 19 assists on 27 made field goals.
“The play that Hankerson made when he had a dead layup and he dropped it off for another dead layup for Sobey typified their unselfishness,” Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt said. “When you don’t have a go-to guy, we have to become an extra-pass ball club and I thought we made strides in that direction.”
The Red Wolves scored 11 straight points early in the second period, with Johnson’s driving layup trimming the margin to 58-43. Grabau then jump-started a 13-2 surge for the Cowboys with a driving layup. He and Nance then hit back-to-back 3s and the rout resumed.
After being soundly outrebounded in a 63-58 loss at Colorado on Wednesday, the Cowboys won the battle on the boards against Arkansas State 35-28.
Arkansas State coach John Brady said Wyoming exploited his team’s weaknesses.
“There are two things we don’t do,” Brady said. “We don’t defend very well and we don’t rebound very well. If you can’t do any one of those, it really doesn’t really matter. And our team’s not as good as their team right now.”
Cowgirls stay unbeaten with Friday win over Montana State
From Wyoming Athletics
LARAMIE — Behind career nights from Dent, Lewis and Woodward, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team defeated the Montana State Bobcats, 72-62, on Friday night in Laramie.
Four of five starters recorded double-figures led by sophomore Marquelle Dent. She finished with a career high 19 points.
She was followed by Kayla Woodward with 17 points and a career high 15 rebounds. Fallon Lewis finished with 15 points and a career high 11 rebounds while Kaitlyn Mileto added 12 points. The Cowgirls shot 21-66 (.318) from the field and 25-38 (.658) from the free throw line.
Montana State was led by Jackie Elliott with 11 points and six rebounds, while Ausha Cole recorded ten points and six boards. Kalli Durham led the way for the Bobcats with ten rebounds. They were 25-82 (.305) from the field and 1-16 (.063) from beyond the arc.
“In tonight’s basketball game, making shots was at a premium especially from the three-point line,” said head coach Joe Legerski. “I thought Kayla hit one with about three minutes to go, put us up ten and gave us a little more breathing room.
“She and Kaitlyn can both shoot the basketball and I want them to keep shooting,” he added.
“Marquelle was tremendous tonight in transition, made great decisions on where to go with the basketball and shot well. The biggest difference in the basketball game tonight was her ability transition, convert to points and get to the free throw line.
“Also, Fallon with a double-double, who was one short on the rebound side against Denver and tonight she found two more.”
UW signs 5 new Cowgirls
LARAMIE (AP) — Wyoming coach Joe Legerski has signed five new recruits to his Cowgirl basketball team.
The five signing national letters of intent on Wednesday are:
Natalie Baker, a 6-foot forward from Parker, Colo.; Marleah Campbell, a 6-2 forward from Lenexa, Kan.; Bailee Cotton, a 6-2 wing from Denver; Liv Roberts, a 5-11 guard from Missoula, Mont.; and Skyler Snodgrass, a 5-10 guard from Wichita, Kan.
Legerski says the players who will join the program next year bring, size, scoring ability and a winning attitude to Laramie.