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Nance named player of the week from Mountain West Conference

Jan 28, 2014 - From staff reports

LARAMIE -- University of Wyoming junior forward Larry Nance Jr. has been named Mountain West men's basketball Player of the Week for the second time this season and in his career.

Nance averaged 19.5 points, 11 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game as UW (13-6 overall, 4-2 MW) won at Air Force 66-59 last Wednesday and beat Nevada 64-62 in overtime at home last Saturday.

The story was reported by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

Nance shot 58.3 percent from the field in those games and made 11 of 12 free throws. He also had only three turnovers.

Nance made the game-winning shot against Nevada with a running hook shot in the final seconds of overtime. His 13 rebounds against the Wolf Pack matched a season high.

Nance also won this award the week of Dec. 16.

UW back at Fresno State

It's déjà vu for the University of Wyoming men's basketball team.

But this time the Cowboys are hoping for a different result.

Coming off a 64-62 overtime win at home over Nevada last Saturday, the Cowboys (13-6, 4-2) play at Fresno State (8-13, 1-7) at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Last season UW beat Nevada 59-48 on the road -- on a Saturday -- and then went to Fresno State the following Wednesday. Wyoming lost to the sub-.500 Bulldogs 49-36.

UW shot 24 percent from the field, 18.5 percent from 3-point range (it made only 12 baskets in all) and was 7 of 20 from the free-throw line.

Recalled coach Larry Shyatt, "The final margin was 13, but it was worse than that. They really handled us in that game."

Although Shyatt said he will remind his team what happened at Fresno State last season, they dwell on it.

"There are only three guys we have who logged significant minutes last year, and I haven't been overly concerned with their mindset," Shyatt said. "This will be new for the rest of them, but I don't think it's a factor.

"As (junior forward Larry Nance Jr.) alluded to after our last game, you always want to do better. But this is more about this particular game and these particular match-ups."

Court to change name

The University of Wyoming officially launched its $30 million renovation project for the Arena-Auditorium Saturday.

But if it wasn't for one man, this project would still be in the works.

"It just doesn't happen without Maury Brown," UW athletics director Tom Burman said.

Brown, a Cheyenne businessman and long-time supporter of the university and its athletics programs, was one of 36 private donors honored at halftime of Saturday's UW men's basketball game against Nevada, which it won 64-62 in overtime.

The court at the arena will be named Maury Brown Court.

"Maury has been a great friend of the university, has shown great support to Cowboy sand Cowgirl basketball and has been very engaged in the program for decades," Burman added.

"This was a logical fit for this to be Maury Brown Court.

Burman did not say how much Brown has or will donate to the project.

"I am a lifelong fan of Wyoming atheltics," Brown said. "I started listening to Wyoming basketball and football games back in the early 1940s.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to be involved in this new chapter of Wyoming athletics, and I am proud to be able to give back to the state and all of the people who have been good to me."

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