LARAMIE, Wyo. (Oct. 31, 2013) – Freshman guard Trey Washington scored a team-high 16 points off the bench, including two free throws with two seconds left, to give the University of Wyoming an 85-81 exhibition win over UC-Colorado Springs on Thursday night in the Arena-Auditorium. After leading by 26 points five minutes into the second half, the Mountain Lions whittled the lead to one possession with less than 10 seconds left, before Washington sealed the Pokes’ 24th-consecutive exhibition victory.
“We accomplished two things tonight,” UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. “We had a very good first half, and were able to rest our starters considerably the second half. The starters gave us a pretty good last 10 minutes of the first half. I think it was about a 24-point game at half.”
The Cowboys built a 52-28 halftime lead and were up by 26 at the 15-minute mark of the second half, as several of the young Pokes came into the game. The Mountain Lions were able to cut UW’s advantage to single digits with three minutes left and a one possession game at 84-81 with seven seconds left, but Washington hit two freebies with two seconds left to ice the game.
Washington’s 16 came on 3-of-7 from the field, 2-of-4 beyond the arc and a perfect 8-of-8 at the free throw line. He also added two assists and a steal in a team-high 25 minutes of action. Junior forward Larry Nance Jr. added 14 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and two steals in a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and 6-of-6 at the free throw line. Senior guard Nathan Sobey rounded out UW’s double-digit scorers with 11 points. All 12 Pokes that played scored and 11 played more than 10 minutes.
“[Washington] led us in minutes, which is incredible,” Shyatt said. “But we wanted to give our three freshmen an opportunity to play, and it was good for them to see what it is like to play at the college level. Trey did do an excellent job of handling the ball and making decisions. Two assists and only one turnover, and he knocked in some shots, which we’ve seen all preseason.”
Wyoming shot 47 percent (22-of-47) from the field and 39 percent (7-of-18) beyond the arc, while UCCS hit 45 percent (28-of-62) and 40 percent (8-of-20). UW converted on 79 percent (34-of-43) at the free throw line, while earning a 39-17 advantage in bench points.
The Mountain Lions hung with the Cowboys early and even led by three a few minutes into the game. Wyoming maintained a single-digit lead through the middle minutes, before using a 12-3 run at the eight-minute mark to expand the lead to double digits. The Pokes ended the half on another 12-2 spurt to go into halftime up 52-28. Washington notched 11 points and two assists in the first half, while Nance added 10 points and six rebounds. UW shot 62 percent (15-of-24) from the field and 54 percent (6-of-11) beyond the arc in the first half, compared to 32 percent (11-of-34) and 27 percent (3-of-11) for UCCS. The Cowboys had an 18-16 advantage in rebounds and 18-6 in bench points.
Wyoming starts the regular season by hosting UT Martin on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium.