Thank you for joining us for tonight's LIVE of the showdown between the Wyoming Cowboys and the Indiana State Sycamores. Please check by later this evening for a recap of the matchup by Peyton Wesner. Everyone have a great rest of their evening! God Bless!
2nd Half, 0:00: This one is over from the Hulman Center! The Indiana State Sycamores have provided a win for the Missouri Valley Conference with tonight's 70-55 victory.
2nd Half: 0:59: Clemons tacks a free throw on for the Sycamores while Hayden Dalton makes a layup for Wyoming. 68-55 Sycs.
2nd Half, 1:32: Matt Van Scyoc makes one out of two from the line. Indiana State has a 14 point lead.
2nd Half, 1:40: Boom! Justin James makes a three pointer, he now has five points.
2nd Half, 1:59: Devonte Brown makes two more free throws. He is immediately subbed out and his night is over.
2nd Half, 2:30: Indiana State's Everett Clemons makes one of two. Wyoming's Morris Marshall follows with a jump shot on the insuing possession. 64-50 Indiana State.
2nd Half, 2:37: Devonte Brown fouls Hayden Dalton. Dalton finishes the layup but misses the free throw. 63-48 Trees.
2nd Half, 3:20: Adams with a miss on the reverse layup. 63-46 Indiana State.
2nd Half, 3:24: Debonte Brown makes one out of two at the line. He now has 13.
2nd Half, 3:51: Clank! Clank! Josh Adams misses two more at the free throw line.
2nd Half, 3:51: The last TV timeout on the evening brings a score of 62-46 Indiana State.
2nd Half, 4:30: Josh Adams for two. He is basically making his stats look pretty at this point.
2nd Half, 4:50: Khristian Smith goes hard to the rim! Although he misses the shot, he makes both foul attempts. 60-44 Sycs.
2nd Half, 5:22: Josh Adams finally gets in the act, bangs a three.
2nd Half, 6:03: Wyoming's Alexander Aka Gorski makes two of two. He had 18 points in the opener, only six tonight.
2nd Half, 6:18: BANGERANG! Grant Prusator nails a trey! 58-39 Indiana State. The crowd knows victory is within reach.
2nd Half, 6:39: Media timeout on the floor. Wyoming head coach Larry Shyatt knows this one is getting out of hand. 55-39 Indiana State.
2nd Half, 6:52: BANGERANG! Matt Ban Scyoc! 55-39 Trees!
2nd Half, 7:57: A nice little stop and go by Lieberman results in two.
2nd Half, 8:25: Wyoming cannot buy a basket! Another miss from beyond the arc. Adams is now given a breather, expect the Sycamores' guard to take over with him out of the game.
2nd Half, 8:49: Brown converts with the free throw. 50-37 Indiana State.
2nd Half, 8:49: AND ONNNNNNNEEEEEEEE! Devonte Brown! Brown with an "and one" layup! 49-37 Trees.
2nd Half, 9:23: "The Forest" is filled with boos as Clemons is called for a charge. Itos Everett's first, team's ninth. Wyoming ball.
2nd Half, 9:47: After two points from Matt Van Scyoc, Wyoming's Jonathan Barnes makes one out of two at the charity stripe. 47-37 Trees.
2nd Half, 10:45: Adams with another brick! Devonte Brown drives in transition and hits a pull up jumper. He has 9 tonight as the Sycamores have balloned their lead to nine.
2nd Half, 11:23: Swat! Everett Clemons is clocked by Justin James. Wyoming coming this way.
2nd Half, 11:51: YOU CAN'T STOP HIM! YOU CAN HOPE TO CONTAIN HIM! Brandon Murphy goes up and draws another foul. He makes one out of two. Indiana State with a 43-36 advantage.
2nd Half, 11:55: Foul on Jason McManamen, his third. Indiana State's ball coming out of the under 12 TV timeout.
2nd Half, 12:48: "I wanna be a cowboy baby!" Hayden Dalton with the layup brings them within six
2nd Half, 13:32: Foul on Devonte Brown, his third personal. Adams free throw shooting continues to worsen as he misses again. Fortunately, he makes the second. 42-34 ISU.
2nd Half, 14:09: BANGERANG! Jason McManamen with his third trey of the game! The Cowboys are now within 9! Timeout Greg Lansing, he has two remaining.
2nd Half, 14:41: Back and forth we go! Twos by both squads.
2nd Half, 15:21: Jason McManamen fakes a three pointer and drives to the hole. Ultimately, he drew the foul as his shot rattled out. Made one of two FT, 40-28 Trees.
2nd Half, 15:58: Adams nails one out of two free throws. He now has 5 points on the night.
2nd Half, 15:58: Adams with the steal! He manuvers through traffic and draws the foul in the act of shooting. Under 16 TV timeout: 40-26 Indiana State.
2nd Half, 16:35: Josh Adams is making an attempt to take over this ballgame. He drives the ball and gets the foul call. Inbounds on baseline.
2nd Half, 16:55: Foul on Jonathan Barnes. Devonte Brown calmly swishes two foul shots to extend lead to 14 for the Sycamores.
2nd Half, 17:16: Brandon Murphy draws the foul on the act of shooting. Makes both free throws. He has a game high nine! 38-26 Indiana State.
2nd Half, 17:44: Josh Adams drives into the paint hard, kicks to a wide open Jason McManamen...CASH MONEY! McManamen has the last six for the Cowboys. 36-26 Sycamores.
2nd Half, 18:19: Bron for 2! McManamen for 3! Score now 36-23 Trees.
2nd Half, 18:55: Both teams are scoring quick. Wyoming's Jonathan Barnes converts an "and one" to make the score 34-19 Indiana State.
2nd Half, 19:50: Sycamores guard Khristian Smith flies for the ally-oop pass. He catches it, comes down, and puts it in for two.
Indiana State Sycamores' terrific trio of Devonte Brown, Khristian Smith, and Brenton Scott has been held in check. Currently the three guards are 2 fo 11 from the field for 6 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists. The aforementoned scored a total of 56 points Froday night against IUPUI.
Wyoming "star senior" Josh Adams has failed to get into the flow of the game. In the first half, he shot 1 for 6 from the field for 4 pts.
1st Half, 0:00: Both teams miss their final attempts of the half. 29-15 Sycamores.
1st Half, 0:43: Indiana State calls a timeout. Game reset: Indiana State 29-15, 24 seconds on the shot clock.
1st Half, 2:09: Foul on Devonte Brown, his first and team's eighth. Josh Adams goes to the line and misses the front in.
1st Half, 2:55: Brown loses possession of the ball, Josh Adams ties him up. Cowboys will recieve possession due to possession arrow.
1st Half, 3:46: Grant Prusator FROM DOWNTOWN! The Sycamores have their biggest lead of the game, 26-15.
1st Half, 4:19: And one!!! Devonte Brown! He capitilizes with the free throw. 23-15 Sycamores.
1st Half, 4:43: Hayden Dalton for two. 20-15 Indiana State.
1st Half, 5:14: He is getting involved! Brandon Murphy with another field goal off a post move. Timeout Wyoming! 20-13 Indiana State!
1st Half, 5:54: 4-0 run for Indiana State. Murphy with an up and under layup followed by a two Paige.
1st Half, 6:33: A mad scramble for the ball results in a tie-up. Indiana State ball.
1st Half, 6:48: Justin James drives to the rim and is fouled. Wyoming ball under basket.
1st Half, 7:13: Following an empty possession by Wyoming; Brandon Murphy goes up strong to draw the foul. The big sophomore makes one out two. 14-13 Indiana State.
1st Half, 7:45: Ala Herndon corrals the Devonte Brown miss from downtown.
1st Half, 7:52: Get that out there! Brandon Murphy with a block on Trey Washington III. The Sycamores take the ball down court and draw a foul. Indiana State ball coming out of timeout. 13-13 tie at Hulman.
1st Half, 8:29: He is trying to take over the game! Van Scyoc draws a foul in the act of shooting. Makes one out of two at the charity stripe. Tied game in Terre Haute at 13.
1st Half, 9:00: Matt Van Scyoc ladies and gentlemen! Van Scyoc makes the two. He now has five points, trees down one.
1st Half, 9:30: After a missed three pointer, a foul is committed on Jonathan Barnes. It's his second.
1st Half, 9:46: Jordan Adams with the steal! But he cannot capitalize. Indiana State knocks the ball out of bounds on the baseline. Cowboys take ball out.
1st Half, 10:36: Goaltending on the Sycamores. The badkrt counts for Aka Gorski.
1st Half, 11:26: Jeremy Lieberman goes up in traffic and gets a deuce! 11-10 Cowboys.
1st Half, 11:46: A mad scramble for the ball results in an over and back call for the Sycamores. At the under 12 media timeout, Indiana State 10, Wyoming 9.
1st Half, 12:14: Alexander Aka Gorski drives the lane and draws a foul. He makes one out of two. 10-9 Indiana State.
My sincere apologizes for the delay, technical difficulties.
Wyoming (1-0) Projected Lineup:
G-Jeremy Lieberman (SO)
---2.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, & 7.0 APG.
G-Jason McManamen (JR)
---14.0 PPG & 4.0 RPG.
G-Josh Adams (SR)
---9.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG, & 7.0 APG.
F-Alexander Aka Gorski (SO)
F-Alan Herndon (SO)
---5.0 PPG, 1.0 SPG, & 1.0 BPG.
Indiana State (0-1) Projected Lineup:
G-Devonte Brown (SR)
---25.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, & 3.0 SPG.
G-Brenton Scott (SO)
---12.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG, & 2.0 SPG.
G-Khristian Smith (SR)
---19.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 3.0 SPG, & 1.0 BPG.
F-Matt Van Scyoc (JR)
---0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, & 1.0 SPG.
F-Brandon Murphy (SO)
When asked about, "What's the key to a short turnaround for Wyoming?" Lansing stayed fairly unspecific of the adjustments needed to be made by saying, "We have to work on some things. Wyoming is an NCAA (Tournament team) coming back from last year. They are very well coached and put together. Coach Shyatt is a great coach and has always coached teams that don't make many mistakes. That's what I got to do a better job in. We are a team that made a bunch of mistakes tonight at both ends, and I got to change that."
Following Friday night's intra-state defeat at the hands of IUPUI, Sycamores head coach Greg Lansing stayed positive when asked about the poor performances of Matt Van Scyoc (zero points and one rebound) and "stud sophomore" Brenton Scott (12 points on 4-for-18 shooting) by responding, "Matt is a very good player. And he (is) not doing what he needs to do right now, but he will." and "Brenton Scott is a much better player than what he showed tonight. I think he reverted back into 'old Brenton' a little bit with some of the shots he was taking."
Possessing the second best Missouri Valley Conference backcourt in Devonte Brown, Khristian Smith, and 2014-2015 Freshman of the Year Brenton Scott (only behind Wichita State's Ron Baker, Fred Van Vleet, and Evan Wessell), the Indiana State Sycamores will have the better trio of guards for 16 of their 18 conference bouts. However, their frontcourt is one of the smallest and weakest, not only in the MVC but the midwest in general. Hindered by the departure of Justin Gant and Jake Kitchell in addition to T.J. Bell tearing his Achilles in a summer workout, Indiana State is starting 6'7" Brandon Murphy and 6'6" Matt Van Scyoc, who is a transfer that led The Citadel in scoring two years ago (14.3 PPG).
With the graduations of Nance, Riley Grabau, Derek Cooke Jr., and Charles Hankerson Jr., guard Josh Adams is the only player to average over four points per game last season and still be suiting up in Laramie. On opening night, the senior stuffed the stat sheet with nine points, seven rebounds, and seven assists on 3-for-6 shooting. But, let's not get too excited since the game was against a non-Division I school from California.
While a 4-8 conference record (and losses to Eastern Illinois as well as UMKC) made conference opponents underestimate them, Greg Lansing's Indiana State Sycamores shocked "The Valley" by starting conference play with five straight wins. Unfortunately, a combination of their pitiful overall record (15-16) and a healthy Milton Doyle in "Arch Madness" made all the leaves fall off the tree without postseason action.
Led by the 27th overall pick in this past June's NBA Draft Larry Nance, the Wyoming Cowboys punched their ticket to the 2015 NCAA Tournament by marching past the top two teams (Boise State and San Diego State) in the 2015 Mountain West Conference Tournament. Though, once in the field of 68, their time dancing was cut short as Seth Tuttle's Northern Iowa Panthers double teamed Nance Jr., and contained him to 16 points in a 71-54 win.
Southern Illinois 77, Air Force 71
San Diego State 71, Illinois State 61
Colorado State 84, Northern Iowa 78
Wyoming @ Indiana State
Loyola (IL) @ New Mexico
Utah State @ Missouri State
UNLV @ Wichita State
Drake @ Nevada
Bradley @ Boise State
Evansville @ Fresno State
For the first time since 2012 and the days of Doug McDermott inhabiting the MVC, the Mountain West Conference and Missouri Valley Conference decided to bring the MW/MVC Challenge back for bragging rights. Heading into tonight's action, the Mountain West leads the series two victories to one. The first conference to six wins claims the hardware. The ten matchups in this year's challenge are listed above.
Good evening everyone! My name is Peyton Wesner, and thank you for joining VAVEL USA's LIVE coverage of tonight's Mountain West/Missouri Valley Conference Challenge matchup between the Wyoming Cowboys and the Indiana State Sycamores. Over the course of the night, I will provide minute-by-minute updates and commentary from inside the Hulman Center. Tip-off is scheduled for Monday night, November 16th at 7:00 PM EST from Terre Haute, Indiana.