Wyoming Cowboys Start New Campaign Strong
Jordan Naughton and Alexander Aka Gorski made sure the Allen Edwards era started on a successful note Friday night in Laramie.
Both players scored a career-high 20 points, and the Wyoming Cowboys rolled past Western State (Colo.) 88-49. It was the season opener for both teams.
Naughton added a career-best 12 rebounds for his first double-double. He also went 9-9 from the floor. Aka Gorski made a career-high five from deep on eight attempts and dished out a game-high four assists.
Wyoming (1-0) shot 52.5 percent from the field. They were 14-of-34 on 3’s, which included nine in the first half. UW finished with a 39-31 edge on the glass, had 16 assists and nine blocked shots. Hayden Dalton added 10 points off the bench.
Western State (0-1) was led by Brady Subart with 11 points off the bench. Three other players had nine points apiece. The Mountaineers shot 32 percent on field goals and had 13 turnovers.
Louis Adams high-flying dunk over an opponent with 8:12 left in the first half keyed a 20-8 run by the Pokes. A three-point play by Jeremy Lieberman capped it and put UW in front 38-19 with 2:09 left in the half. Aka Gorski hit 3 triples in the final 1:49 of the half, and the Cowboys led 49-23 at the break.
Wyoming made their first three shots of the second half and steadily pulled away for the 39-point victory. It’s the Cowboys’ seventh consecutive win in a season opener.
The Pokes head on the road for the first time Monday, when they face the Montana Grizzlies in Missoula, MT. Game time is at 7 p.m.