Denver (1-2) played two familiar foes Wednesday night in Laramie, Wyoming. First, DU faced the University of Wyoming (4-1) for the 158th meeting in the series. Second, Denver faced Wyoming head coach Jeff Linder who often got the best of DU while at the University of Northern Colorado before matriculating to the Cowboys this season. Now, Linder has even better players in Laramie and it showed as the Cowboys trounced the University of Denver, 83-61.
Wyoming never trailed.
Wyoming raced out to a 45-25 halftime advantage. The Cowboys sunk seven three-point tries and shot 53.1% from the field to build a huge lead. DU shot 33.3% from the field with a shocking 16 turnovers in the half. Marcus Williams went off for the Cowboys with a point a minute in the first half and finished with 40 points on the night.
In the second half, a relatively disinterested Wyoming squad traded baskets with DU leading to a final score, 83-61. The Pioneers were beaten from the outside-in by giving up 30 points from the arc, 46 points in the paint and 33 points off turnovers. By nearly any statistical measure, a sloppy game by DU.
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Frank Ryder led Denver with 12 points and four rebounds. A heavily defended Jase Townsend finished with 10 points and 4 rebounds.
Make no mistake – this Wyoming team beat Oregon State in Corvallis before the DU game so they are good. However, there is no excuse for undisciplined, sloppy play by a Pioneer squad that can ill afford to play so poorly when on the road against a quality opponent.