Wyoming went head to head with Utah on Saturday in hopes to get back to .500 in the conference and on the season. Wyoming entered the match up one game above Utah in hopes of increasing that lead. Utah came into the AA looking for their fist Mountain West win of the year. The Cowboys expected to be matched pretty well with the Utes but they were overwhelmed early. Utah came out running and Wyoming did not seem ready for the speed of the game. Utah built an early lead forcing the Cowboys to play from behind the whole first half. In the second half Wyoming came out with some steam wanting to get back into the game. After going on a run they had cut the lead down to ten and the crowd was on their feet. They then cut the lead to nine but the run was short lived for Cowboys as Utah pulled away again. Both teams played pretty even in the second half but the Cowboys were too far behind to catch up.Utah did not shoot the ball that much better than Wyoming but they did shoot better from deep and converted from the free throw line better. Wyoming struggled from behind the three point line making only two of ten attempts. In the first half of the game Wyoming did not see the free throw line that much but when they did they could not get the shots to fall. Wyoming started shooting better in the second half but it was too late. The Cowboys only missed two free throws in the second half and shot 41.7% from the field. Even with the better second half play Wyoming could not overcome the deficit from the first half.
The biggest problem for the Cowboys against Utah was rebounding. Utah has David Foster who skies about the whole Cowboy team at over seven foot. Utah cleaned the glass all night at a high rate and Wyoming could not keep up. With Utah dominating the boards they also had more second half points which hurt the Cowboys all game. Utah had two players record double digit rebounds while Wyoming only had Amath coming close with ten. Wyoming had fewer turnovers and scored more points off turnovers but it was too close to make a big difference.
In this game the health of the team was a problem for the Cowboys as it has been all season. Waddell had four blocks against Utah but he still is not at full health. Waddell is getting closer to 100% but until he gets there the Cowboys could continue to struggle. Muojeke is still unable to play for the Cowboys and without him they are missing a great player. Thiam and Luster have had problems with health this year but both played Saturday. Watching them on the court it was obvious that they were not at full health yet. Luster put his heart into the game and gave it his all but he was not able to play to his full potential. The Cowboys do not have another game until next Saturday and hope to take advantage of the week off. When the Cowboys take the court on the road against Air Force they hope the team will be in better health. This week off will give the players a chance to get to better health and work on the areas where they struggled in this game. Only time will tell when the Cowboys will be back to 100% but until that time they need the fans to continue to come out and cheer them on. With the support of the fans the Cowboys will continue to play at the highest level they can with less than full health.