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 heartbreaking 69-67 loss to Utah Valley Wednesday night at the Arena-Auditorium.
Sometimes they won’t be fun ones. Other times, you will be downright giddy.
So, let’s get started
Redshirt sophomore Hunter Maldonado scored this many points tonight in the loss to the Wolverines. Maldonado has scored in double figures in 18 of his last 20 games. This was the third 20-pound performance of the season for the Colorado Springs product.
That was the Cowboys number of free throw attempts Wednesday night, a season low. To make matters worse for the home team, they only hit nine of them. Allen Edwards said that was the big difference in the outcome.
Brandon Porter chipped in with this many points tonight. It was a season-high for the sophomore from Virginia Beach, Va.
Pine Bluffs native Hunter Thompson scored this many points tonight and added seven rebounds and a blocked shot. He also had two assists and hit a pair of 3-pointers. That was Thompson's fourth game in double figures this season.
That's how many minutes Tyler Morman played in his regular season debut Wednesday against Utah Valley. The big man had two rebounds in his return.
Wyoming's bench players netted this many points tonight. That was a season-high. The bad news -- Utah Valley finished with 27.
That's how many times the lead changed tonight. The final bucket came off the finger tips off Wolverines leading scorer Isaiah White, who snagged a Maldonado turnover and raced the length of the court for the game-winning layup with less than six seconds remaining.
The Cowboys shot 57 percent from the field in the second half, hitting 15-of-26 shots. Utah Valley nailed 54 percent of its shots.
Wyoming's current losing streak has now reached this many games. The Cowboys have yet to win in December. Saturday, the Pokes will travel to Magness arena to take on the Denver Pioneers before closing out their non-conference schedule against Nebraska Wesleyan Dec. 28 in Laramie.
This was the fourth time these two programs have met on the hardwood. Wyoming was 3-0 coming into this one. The last meeting was in this building in 2017. Justin James netted a game-high 16 points and Jason McManamen and Louis Adams chipped in with 12 in the 74-68 victory.
That was the announced attendance inside the Arena-Auditorium Wednesday night.
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