Behind the numbers
LARAMIE — In this new series we will examine a few numbers that stand out from the game we just witnessed. That was a 79-65 setback against New Mexico Saturday afternoon at the Arena-Auditorium.
Sometimes they won’t be fun ones. Other times, you will be downright giddy.
So, let’s get started.
Hunter Maldonado showed up big time in the second half today in Laramie. The redshirt sophomore netted 20 of his game-high 27 points in the loss to the Lobos.
New Mexico shot 60 percent from the field in the second half as the Lobos ran away from the Cowboys for their fourth straight win. New Mexico is now 2-0 in Mountain West play and 9-2 overall.
Wyoming's losing streak has reached this number above. That was back-to-back losses in Las Vegas to Colorado and TCU. With home losses to Air Force and New Mexico this week, the Pokes are still searching for their first win in Mountain West play.
That's how many points the Lobos scored in the paint against the Cowboys Saturday. Wyoming netted just 24.
The Lobos bench scored this many points compared to just nine for the Pokes. In fact, Aside from Maldonado, AJ Banks (15) and Hunter Thompson (12), everyone else on the roster combined for just 11 points.
New Mexico owned the glass Saturday, pulling down this many rebounds. Wyoming finished with just 29, including eight on offense.
That's how many minutes guard Jake Hendricks played Saturday before leaving the floor holding his non-shooting elbow. After the game, the senior was seen wearing a sling on his left arm. Allen Edwards said he will know the extent of the injury after x-rays are done this week.
That's how many games the Lobos have won over the Cowboys in the last 10 meetings. New Mexico leads the all-time series, 74-68. They have now won 25 games in Laramie, compared to 42 losses.
That's how many New Mexico starters finished in double figures in Laramie. Corey Manigault led the team with 18, while Carlton Bragg pitched in 15, and JaQuan Lyle netted 13. Makuach Maluach posted a dozen points in the victory.
That's how many fans were in attendance Saturday at the A-A, including a small yet boisterous group of fans wearing New Mexico cherry red. I guess 659 people didn't receive a Fennis Dembo bobble-head doll ...
That number will never be worn by a Wyoming basketball player ever again. Fennis Dembo was honored Saturday, watching his No. 34 being hoisted into the rafters. Dembo joins Kenny Sailors as the only other player to have his number retired by the university.
That's how many NBA championships Dembo won in his pro career. He has the ring to show for it, too. Well, he had the ring, anyway. It now resides in Laramie. Dembo gave UW athletics director Tom Burman his title ring to say thank you to the university, the state and the fans. Quite a gesture.
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