Denver uses uptempo offense to beat Wyoming 76-65
DENVER (AP)—Denver’s offense didn’t resemble the one Joe Scott ran for three years at Princeton. Instead of using the full shot clock and running the famed Princeton weave, Denver ran the ball often and took 3-point shots early in its possessions.
“It was five guys playing together, playing terrific defense was terrific, moving the ball around to get layups and open shots off cuts,” Denver coach Scott said. “If somebody wants to call it the Princeton offense, it is what it is.”
Adam Tanner had 21 points and five rebounds to lead quick-moving Denver to a 76-65 victory over Wyoming Tuesday night.
“Everything I did came from within our offense,” Tanner said. “If I was open, I took the shot.”
Tanner was 4-for-5 on 3-pointers for Denver (2-1), which was 12-of-21 from beyond the arc. Kyle Lewis added 16 points on 8-for-8 free throw shooting for the Pioneers.
“We had a game plan, but didn’t execute it,” said Heath Schroyer, Wyoming’s first-year coach. “We let that team get catch and shoot too many wide open 3-pointers and you won’t beat that team playing like that.”
Brandon Ewing led Wyoming (1-1) with 20 points. Brad Jones had 16.
Wyoming leads the series 97-46 and is 36-32 in Denver.
Denver connected on seven, 3-pointers and Tanner scored 11 points as Denver took a 35-24 halftime lead.
Tanner hit his first four shots, two of them 3-pointers, as Denver jumped to a 21-5 lead. Wyoming’s guard tandem of Ewing and Jones accounted for four points in the eight-minute stretch.
The Cowboys got back in the game, outscoring Denver 15-3, over the next seven minutes. Jones, Tyson Johnson and Joseph Taylor scored four each to close the gap to 24-20.
Denver closed the first half by outscoring Wyoming 11-4 as Tyler Bullock sank two, 3-pointers in the final 4:30.
“We stressed two things, stopping their 3-point shooting and reducing our turnovers,” Scott said. “We had five turnovers at halftime and only had a few when the game got out of reach.”
Denver finished with 19 turnovers. The Pioneers’ defense limited Wyoming to 14 percent shooting for the game on 3-pointers.
Tanner began the second half as he began the game, hitting a pair of 3-pointers. Nate Rohnert added seven points to extend Denver’s lead to 52-32 with 16:01 left.
Wyoming managed only a field goal by Taylor and six free throws in the same four-minute span.
The Cowboys trailed 60-38 with 12:21 after Joe Jackson’s 3-pointer when they started heating up. Ewing scored nine points and Jones converted a rebound basket to pull them within 65-55 with 5:36 remaining.
“It was just too big a hole to climb out of, but we battled and made a run to cut it to 10 points,” Schroyer said. “I was proud of the team because it would have been easy for us on our first road game when we went down by 20 to put our heads between our legs and just get beat.”
Lewis converted two free throws and a layup after steals to widen Denver’s lead back to 69-55. Wyoming made one last run, getting as close as 73-62 on baskets by Ewing and Jones with a minute left.