The Bears traveled to Laramie, Wyoming on Friday to face the Division 1 Mountain West Champions of last season, the Wyoming Cowboys. The Cowboys jumped out on the Bears early and never looked back, escaping to a 21-9 lead, and a 51-24 halftime lead. The Cowboys held Bristol to 34 percent (23-of-68) and 31 percent (10-of-32), respectively, while outrebounding the Bears 46-33 and earning a 20-9 advantage in assists. Wyoming outscored Bristol 34-16 in the paint. The game ended with a score of 101-69, however Coach Roberts feels the score wasn't indicative of how the team played. "I think this was a great trip for us all the way around. The guys got a chance to see my Alma Mater, and tour the new facilities here at UW, while playing the biggest game of their lives in front of over 6200 fans. We really bonded as team on this trip, and the guys played hard. This is the former champion of the Mountain West just one season ago, so we knew they were a big time talented team. We just wanted to limit our turnovers, play hard, and give a good showing against our biggest opponent of the year," says Coach Roberts. He went on to add "I told the guys that they don't have anything to lose, go out there and play your hearts out and if you win, you will make history, if you don't, no one expected it anyway so you have everything to gain. We had a couple of guys who played well tonight, DeVontae Bryant had a big game for us on both ends of the floor. His long arms make it hard on offenders to get around him, and he plays the passing lanes well. He scored 17 points on seven shots, which is not very easy to do. It shows how efficient he was tonight. We use these big games to prepare us for the teams who are on our level, and in our league", explained Coach Roberts. The Bears look to bounce back as they will travel to Thousand Oaks on Thursday to face Cal Lutheran University at 7:30 p.m.
MBB Falls to Division 1 Wyoming on the Road 101-62
Nov 15, 2015