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Nance makes first team all-conference for UW

Mar 11, 2014 - From staff reports

LAS VEGAS -- Missing nearly the final third of the conference schedule was not enough to keep Larry Nance Jr. from getting some accolades from the Mountain West.

The University of Wyoming junior forward was named first team All-MW and also to the league's All-Defensive team on Monday.

Voting was done by the league's 11 coaches and selected media members.

Nance tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee early in the second half during a home win over Fresno State on Feb. 18. He missed UW's final five games.

Despite that, he made both squads as he ranked 11th in the MW in scoring at 14.5 points per game, eighth with 7.8 rebounds, second at 50.4 percent shooting the field, third with 1.7 steals, second at 2.8 blocks and first with 37.9 minutes per game.

Those statistics are for conference games only.

Nance led the Cowboys in each of those categories and was the only player in the MW to rank in the top 10 in steals, blocks and defensive rebounds.

Opposing big men earned double-doubles against UW in just three of Nance's 13 MW games while he did not foul out of a conference game.

He scored in double figures 11 times during MW play with two 20-point efforts and three double-doubles.

Nance hit game-winning shots at Boise State on Jan. 11 and against Nevada on Jan. 25, both with less than five seconds left on the clock, in each contest and earned MW Player of the Week twice during league play.

The All-MW honors are the first of his career.

Nance is the first UW player to earn first-team All-MW honors since Brandon Ewing in 2008-09.

Meanwhile his All-Defensive honor marks the third-straight year a Cowboy has earned the accolade. Guard JayDee Luster was the MW Defensive Player of the Year for the 2011-12 season.

Forward Leonard Washington made the team last season.

UW coach Larry Shyatt said, "It's the time of year for individual honors, which can never present themselves without a team effort. So this is a well-deserved honor for (Nance) and the rest of his teammates.

"It shows the significance of his growth and being true to a process. As we stated to the team before the season, we hope we always have a representative or two on the All-Defensive team because that sends the right message as well."

Nance is not available to the media until after the MW Tournament.

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