All hands on deck: Pokes down Nevada in Reno, 77-67
* University of Wyoming Athletic media relations release
RENO, Nev., -- The Wyoming Cowboys used a complete team effort in their fifth road win of the season downing Nevada 77-67 in the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev. on Monday. All nine available Cowboys saw action, but double-doubles from Hunter Maldonado and Graham Ike lifted the Cowboys to improve to 13-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
“We knew we were playing a talented team,” UW head coach Jeff Linder said. “Our guys did a great job on a short turn around. Nevada is a hard team to guard and our guys figured out that scouting report is what can you say it was a great effort.”
Ike led the Pokes with 24 points for his eighth 20-point scoring performance of the season. He also grabbed 11 rebounds for the double-double. Drake Jeffries netted 20 points going 6-of-11 from behind the arc. Hunter Maldonado added 11 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
Hunter Thompson chipped in with 10 points off the bench.
Wyoming shot 42 percent from the field, but used 10 threes for fifth time this season with double-digit three pointers. The Wolf Pack shot 39 percent and owned a 39-35 advantage on the glass. The bench for the Pokes added 17 points.
The Pokes got off to an early 5-2 lead, but the Wolf Pack answered with an 8-0 run to take a 10-5 lead four minutes into the contest. UW opened the game 2-of-10 from the field. The Pokes would go on a 5-0 run with a pair of free throws from Ike and a triple from Jeffries to tie the contest at 10-10 at the 13:24 mark of the first half.
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Noah Reynolds would give the Pokes the lead at 16-14 with an and-one play with just over 11-minutes to play in the opening stanza. Nevada would battle back and take a 27-21 lead with back-to-back-back buckets with a little under six minutes left in the first half.
Jeffries then took over hitting four-straight three-point attempts to give Wyoming a 33-30 lead with 3:48 left in the half, as he reached 20 first half points. The Pokes would lead by as much as five points and closed the half with a 40-38 lead.
Neither team could muster a bucket in the opening two minutes, but Grant Sherfield of Nevada tied the contest, but Ike followed with a thunderous slam and would will the Pokes to a 47-42 lead five minutes into the frame.
Nevada went on 5-0 run to make it a 47-47 game with just under 14 minutes remaining. The Pokes would get on the board with a pair of freebies from Thompson followed by a steal and layup from Reynolds to make it a 51-47 game for the Pokes with 11 minutes left in the game.
A pair of big plays from Brendan Wenzel on both the offensive and defensive ends along with a tough layup by Maldonado helped Wyoming build a 61-55 lead with 6:40 left in the game. A minute later pushed the lead to eight points with a layup and then to 10 points with free throws.
A three-pointer by Nevada cut the lead to seven points, but Wenzel added a three-pointer to push the lead back to 10 with under four minutes remaining. Nevada used free throws to cut the lead to six points at 73-67 with 2:08 left. But a great dish from Wenzel to Ike moved the lead to eight points late and the Pokes would take the game 77-67.
Nevada was led by Sherfield with 20 points on 8-of-19 shooting. He also added eight assists.
The Cowboys return to action on Wednesday hosting San Jose State in the Arena-Auditorium for a 7 p.m. start.
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