Late run carries Wyoming Basketball to win at Corvallis, Oregon; Dalton top scorer, again
(Corvallis, OR) – A 13-2 run by the Pokes with six minutes remaining carried Wyoming to a 75-66 road win over Oregon State in Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore., on Monday evening. The Pokes, who trailed by six points in the second half improve to 2-0 on the season with the Beavers falling to 1-1.
“I thought we showed some growth tonight,” Edwards said. “I thought it was a back-and-forth game, we really fought back and took the lead in the second half. Within that whole process I thought we stayed the course and stayed within the game plan. When we extended the lead, we need to eat some time and move the basketball and we did a nice job of that.”
The Cowboys trailed 59-58 with 6:20 remaining, but an 11-2 run lead by six points from junior guard Justin James and five from senior forward Alan Herndon put the Pokes in the driver seat, as UW won their first contest at a PAC-12 opponent since the 2011-12 season, when UW beat Colorado.
“Some of the goals we have as a team is winning on the road,” UW head coach Allen Edwards said. “To come on the road early in the season against a very good Oregon State team and be able to walk away with the win is a good step for this program.”
Herndon recorded 16 points tying a career-high with four three pointers. He also recorded a career-best six blocks, the most for a Poke since Larry Nance, Jr. recorded six against New Mexico on Jan. 8, 2014.\
“I have always been complimentary of Alan (Herndon) on his ability to play on the defensive end of the floor,” Edwards said. “Where he needed to grow on the offensive end of the floor was his ability to be assertive. When you put both those together he can be a special player.”
Senior Hayden Dalton led all scorers with 22 points on the night. He went 7-of-10 from the field with four three pointers. He led the Pokes with nine rebounds on the night. James added 19 points for the Cowboys including going 7-of-11 from the free throw line.
Wyoming moves to 22-1 when leading at the half under Edwards. The Pokes shot 51 percent from the field going 26-of-51. Defensively, UW held OSU to 41 percent from the field. The Cowboys held the advantage on the glass 35-33.
The Cowboys take a brief break before heading to the Cayman Islands to face South Dakota State in the opening game of the Cayman Islands Classic November 20. Tip is set for 12:30 p.m. Games are also on tap Nov. 21-22.