Laramie, WY – The Nevada Wolf Pack (10-10 overall, 5-2 MWC) visited the Wyoming Cowboys (13-6 overall, 4-2 MWC) after Nevada won in Reno 61-58 earlier this season. Wyoming’s last game was a come-from behind road victory over a scrappy Air Force squad. Nevada was victorious last time out with a 2-OT triumph over Fresno State.
The Wolf Pack is led by senior point-guard (6’1”, 190) Deonte Burton, the team’s (and MWC) leading scorer at 21.6 ppg and team top assist man at 3.9 per game. Burton is a slick defender with an outstanding offensive first-step to the rim and can finish with either hand. He gets good elevation on his jumper (32 percent from 3-point line) and showed that same vertical with a weak-side defensive block shot. He plays a lot of minutes and is key to the Wolf Packs’ success with his scoring ability and senior leadership. Burton finished the game leading all scorers with 25 points, including 5-of- 8 from 3-point range as well as only one turnover.
The other starting senior is wing-player, Jerry Evans Jr, a 6’8”, 210-pounder who is the second leading scorer (13.2 ppg) and rebounder (6.4 pg). The lefty has a smooth jumper with 3-point range, shooting a decent 32 percent behind the arc. Evans is a long athlete and has the physical skills combined with talent to play professionally somewhere. As expected Evans played a solid game and had 14 points and five rebounds
The Cowboys are led by mega-athlete junior forward, Larry Nance Jr, but fellow-starter Nathan Sobey is a 6’3”shooting guard from Australia. Sobey pours in 7.8 ppg and gets 2.7 rebounds per game and despite a poor 22 percent from 3-point range, is considered a very good outside shooter. A blue-collar defender, he works hard on playing the drive and will close-out to shooters every time. Sobey scored nine points and had four rebounds while playing over 40 minutes.
Coming off the bench for Wyoming is senior Jerron Granberry, a 6’4” shooting guard and former leading scorer from North Florida. He is clipping along at a nice 46 percent from the 3-point line to go with outstanding vocal leadership skills. His shooting touch is no fluke as he is 85 percent from the charity stripe. Granberry has a solid build and athletic hands and feet to go with good size. He ended today’s game with four points, two rebounds, two assists, and one blocked shot.
Wyoming was up at the half 25-22 and led most of the time due to good defense and smart play. The second half saw many ties and lead changes but in the end it went to OT (54-54) with Burton missing a long three at buzzer. Overtime saw Burton fouling out and Wyoming’s Nance (19 points and 11 rebounds) owning the paint and hitting the game-winning shot for the exciting 64-62 Wyoming win.
Rich Ward is a Correspondent and Scout for NetScouts Basketball. Thanks to Nevada and Wyoming Athletics for the photos.