Wyoming faced Indiana State in the Mountain West Conference/Missouri Valley Conference Challenge. The Cowboys just came off of a three game losing streak on the road and was ready to get something going. Both of these teams are off to a slow start this year. At the end of the game Wyoming got the much needed win. They ended up taking charge of the game handing Indiana State an 81–51 loss. This win put both teams at 3–5 on the season.
Wyoming had a slow start in this game but eventually got it going. This was an aggressive game; evidence of this comes from the fact that the first four points scored came at the free throw line. The Cowboys tied the game at four but then Indian State went on a small run. Wyoming responded to the 0–6 run by going on a 9–2 run. With 11:20 left in the first half Afam hit a three point shot giving the Cowboys a lead that would only get larger. After that basket the Wyoming never gave up the lead.
The Cowboys have been working on a zone defense that they used tonight. This new defense seemed to work well for Wyoming; it held the opponent to only 51 points. The players were reluctant to say anything about this crazy new defense. They do not want its secrets to get out, the less opponents know the better it will work. Head coach Heath Schroyer chose not to say much about it either. He said they used it longer tonight than they had planned on using it. He said he has used it before at other schools and hopes it will work here. No matter what they are willing to say it works. Wyoming came up with 16 steals and scored 32 points off of 22 turnovers.
The points off of turnovers shows the defense paid off. They were able to convert turnovers into points which was important to this win. The Cowboys were led by Demar Jackson with 17 points but there was enough points to go around. Five Cowboy players posted double digit point totals. Not only could they score but they could pass also. Wyoming had 11 assists and only gave up one steal. They shot the ball really well going 50% from the field, 33.3% from three point range and 75% from the free throw line. If they can keep up this team work and continue to shoot this well they could really turn the season around.
They all know they still have work to do. Even though they looked good tonight there is still room for improvement. After the game Afam Muojeke said, “We have go to bring it every game, we can’t just do it a home.” They play well at home but for some reason they struggle on the road. If they can figure out how to take this kind of playing on the road they could be a scary team. Schroyer agrees with this saying, “We need to go out and figure out how to win a road game.” He knows they have the skill to win big games he just needs to figure out how to utilize this talent on the road. Another problem Schroyer found was rebounding. He made a number of comments on how they need to rebound the ball better. They were out rebounded 30–40 in this game. They had a few balls that hit their hands but they could not hold on to. Schroyer wants to work on this so the team does not lose the rebound battle.