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Wyoming Downs Mount Royal, 85-45

Aug 8, 2012 - UW Sports Information

Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Aug. 8, 2012) - Five Cowboys scored in double figures, led by senior guard Luke Martinez and junior guard Nathan Sobey with 14 each, to guide the University of Wyoming men's basketball team to an 84-45 win over Mount Royal University on Wednesday night. UW's second game of the 2012 Battle of the Border started a little closer, with the Pokes in front just 15-8 after one quarter, but Wyoming outscored the Cougars 51-21 in the second and third quarters for the easy win.

"We focused more on defense for this game and we had a couple of combinations that played really well on that end tonight," UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. "We had a group of six that played the first and third quarters and held Mount Royal to eight points in each quarter."

Martinez reach double figures for the second consecutive game thanks to a 5-of-11 shooting performance, including 3-of-7 from three, while adding three rebounds, four assists and five steals. Sobey hit 4-of-9 from the floor, 2-of-6 from deep and 4-of-5 at the free throw line to go with three assists and two steals.

Freshman guard Jason McManamen scored 12 points, senior guard Derrious Gilmore had 11 and freshman guard Josh Adams contributed 10 to round out UW's double-figure scorers. Gilmore also added two assists and four steals, while Adams had five steals. Sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr. and freshman forward Derek Cooke Jr. led the Cowboys on the boards with eight rebounds each and combined for three blocks. All 12 Cowboys played at least 12 minutes.

Wyoming shot 44 percent (31-of-70) from the field and 30 percent (9-of-30) from deep, while holding the Cougars to 28 percent (15-of-52) and 17 percent (3-of-17). Mount Royal earned a 44-38 advantage in rebounds, but committed 34 turnovers to 18 for UW. The Cowboys earned a 20-11 lead in steals.

"We have a lot of work ahead but it is all things that we can correct and build on," Shyatt said. "Nine threes in a game is a good thing for us, because we are going to have to get ourselves some early looks outside to be affective this year."

UW 79, University of Calgary 50

On Tuesday, sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr. scored 17 points and senior guard Luke Martinez added 16 to guide the University of Wyoming men's basketball team to a dominant 79-50 win over the University of Calgary on Tuesday night in the opening game of the 2012 Battle of the Border. The Cowboys ripped off a 23-4 run to start the game and lead by as much as 37 in the third quarter, while 11 of UW's 12 players to see action scored.

"You probably couldn't ask for a better first three quarters in our first game with this team," UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. "We were quick to the ball and played with effort and connectedness, but we didn't shoot particularly well in the second half and that affected our defense."

Nance had the most impressive performance of the night, going 6-of-11 from the field, 2-of-3 from deep and 3-of-4 at the free throw line. He added four rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 19 minutes. Martinez went 5-of-10 from the field, including one three pointer, and a perfect 5-of-5 at the charity strip. Freshman forward Derek Cooke Jr. finished just short of a double-double with eight points and a team-high nine rebounds to go with three steals. Sophomore guard Riley Grabau had team highs in assists and steals with three each in 21 minutes of action.

"Larry [Nance Jr.] played well at both ends of the floor tonight," Shyatt said. "We ran in six-man groups every 10 minutes so everybody would get the same amount of playing time. We got to the floor and gave up our body while playing unselfishly on offense, so it was everything you could ask for in an international exhibition game."

The Cowboys connected on 38 percent (29-of-77) from the field and 21 percent (6-of-28) beyond the arc, while holding the Dinos to 32 percent (17-of-54) and 20 percent (3-of-15). UW hit 79 percent (15-of-19) of its free throws to 52 percent (11-of-21) for Calgary. The Dinos earned a 49-42 advantage in rebounds, but committed 25 turnovers to just 11 for the Cowboys.

Playing under FIBA international rules, Wyoming finished the first 10-minute quarter up 25-10 thanks to 11 points in the opening frame from Nance. UW's second six-man group extended the lead to 20 with three minutes left in the first half after a trey from freshman guard Josh Adams, while a free throw from sophomore guard Jack Bentz sent the Cowboys into halftime up 45-22. The Wyoming starters returned in the third quarter to push the advantage to 37 at 63-26 and UW coasted from there.

Wyoming concludes play at the Battle of the Border tournament against Calgary at 8:15 p.m. on Friday.

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