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Wyoming invades Ethete gym
Nov 1, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
ETHETE -- University of Wyoming sophomore Lance Nance Jr. sparked a 17-0 run early in the second half to propel the Pokes to an 82-61 exhibition men's basketball victory over Fort Lewis College on Wednesday at Wyoming Indian High School in Ethete.
UW had five players in double figures in the 40-minute game.
The contest was played before 1,100 people.
"I'm happy with the way that I played, but the main thing is that we got a win," Nance said.
UW freshman Josh Adams registered 12 points. Freshman Jason McManamen and senior Luke Martinez scored 11 points apiece. Sophomore Derek Cooke Jr. put in 10 points.
Nance said these exhibition games are important to the young Cowboys.
"It determines playing time and what sets that we can run and how good that we are going to be," Nance said.
The Cowboy star said he enjoyed the experience of spending time in Ethete and playing at WIHS.
"This is just a great experience for us," Nance said. "It was great to see this many people at the game. Hopefully, we get to do it again."
UW coach Larry Shyatt said he was proud of the way the players acted away from the court and in the basketball game.
"The main reason why we came on this trip was to reach out to a community and have a chance to see the Wyoming Indian elementary school and junior high school children," Shyatt said. "It was a great day. Hopefully, (the athletes) sent a right message to the youngsters."
The Cowboys have one of the youngest teams in the Mountain West Conference.
"Anytime that we can go away from home and experience a different routine and put a road uniform on is a good experience, because we have a very young team," Shyatt said. "We have seven guys that have never played a day of college basketball yet. So this was a good trip for us. It was great to come out and feel like it was home even though it was four hours from home."
Shyatt has decided to keep UW senior Leonard Washington on the bench for disciplinary reasons in the first two exhibition games.
"Leonard will be ready for our opener," Shyatt said.
UW plays Wooster College at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in its final exhibition game at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie.
UW 82, Fort Lewis 61
After UW took a 36-31 lead into the break, the Skyhawks pulled to within 43-41 with 15:15 left in the game.
That's when the Pokes started the key run.
"We didn't start with the intensity and energy that we needed," Shyatt said.
McManamen started the run on the 3-pointer for a 46-41 edge.
Senior UW point guard Derrious Gilmore scored a layup. Nance hit a pair of free throws and McManamen hit a layup for a 52-41 cushion. Adams put down a dunk with his 6-foot-2 frame.
"Josh is just a heck of an athlete, and with his stature, that is pretty impressive," Nance said. "Anytime that he dunks that gets us all excited."
The run continued on another dunk by Nance for a commanding 59-41 lead with 10 minutes left in the game.
"We just had more energy in the second half," Nance said. "We knew that we had to step things up in the second half on the defensive side."
Shyatt called the victory a step in the right direction.
"The new players did a better job as the game went along," Shyatt said.
Wyoming 82, Fort Lewis 61
WYOMING 36 46 -- 82
FORT LEWIS 31 30 -- 61
Wyoming -- Derrious Gilmore 2 (1) 0-0 7, Larry Nance 5 (1) 8-10 21, Luke Martinez 1 (3) 0-0 11, Matt Sellers 1 0-0 2, Derek Cooke Jr. 4 2-6 10, Jack Bentz 0 2-2 2, Josh Adams 5 2-2 12, Austin Haldorson 1 (1) 1-2 6, Jason McManamen 1 (3) 0-2 11. Totals 20 (9) 15-25 82.
Fort Lewis -- Mike Matthews 2 (2) 2-3 7, Nick Tomsick 1 (1) 0-0 5, Torrey Udall 5 5-8 15, Alex Herrera 5 2-5 12, Lucas Archuleta (1) 0-0 3, Marcus Ayala 2 (1) 7, Jacob Gondrezick (1) 0-0 3, Cade Kloster 1 0-0 2, Wes McKenzie 2 0-0 4, Jared Smith (1) 0-0 3. Totals 17 (6_ 9-16 61.