Cowboys win CBI title, 83-59Apr 2, 2017 From Wire Reports
LARAMIE - A dominating first half propelled the Cowboys to their first postseason tournament title since winning the 1943 NCAA Championship defeating Coastal Carolina by a score of 83-59 on Friday evening in front of a rowdy crowd at the Arena-Auditorium in the third game of the CBI.
The win also made head coach Allen Edwards the seventh coach in NCAA Division I history to win a postseason title in their first season of their first tenure as head coach.
"I can't say enough about the fans tonight, they provided great energy for us," UW head coach Allen Edwards said. "And I couldn't be happier for our players, our coaches and our fans. This is truly about the team.I was the one chosen to lead this program, but this is about everyone who has worked so hard all year.Not many teams get an opportunity to end their season with a championship, and tonight we were able to be one of those teams."
Sophomore guard Justin James was named MVP of the CBI. He averaged over 17 points per game in the tournament after leading UW in scoring this season.
"J.J. (Justin James) is a talented young man," Edwards said. "I don't think you can say when you look around this league that he isn't one of the most talented players in our league."
The Cowboys held the Chanticleers to under 35 percent from the field for the second-straight game. The Cowboys also won the battle on the boards for the second-straight game, getting 44 to CCU's 39. Wyoming took care of the basketball in the game, with only seven on the night tying a season-low
The Cowboys hit 13 threes on the night and now have 369 on the season, extending their Mountain West single-season record. Wyoming closed the season hitting double-digit threes in 14 of their last 15 games.
Junior Hayden Dalton led all scorers with 19 points, including five triples on just nine attempts, tying his career high. He also pulled down 11 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season. Sophomore Justin James tallied 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting and dished out a game-high four assists. The Pokes netted 13 three pointers, their 14th game with double-digit triples in their last 15. The Cowboys bench produced one of its best games of the year with 48 points, outscoring their CCU counterpart by more than 20 points.
Junior Demario Beck posted a team-best 17 points for the Chanticleers on 6-of-11 shots and also recorded a team-high seven rebounds. Wyoming held the Chanticleers to 33.9 percent from the field and 19.0 percent from beyond the arc.
Wyoming finished the season with a 23-15 record.