The senior forward had averaged 7.3 points and five rebounds in the Cowboys' last three games but torched Nevada for 16 points and 12 boards. He had a double double (10 points, 10 rebounds) with 11 minutes left in the game.
"Most teams in the country aren't good enough to remove one of their key peaces," Shyatt said. "We have, unfortunately have had three of those pieces removed at different times. It's a pleasure to have him back."
"His offensive effectiveness was obvious," Shyatt said. "The ball went in the hole a couple times early. That really helped us, because we at the time were struggling to score."
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SPOT ON SOBEY: Reserve guard Nathan Sobey scored a career high nine points off the bench in Wyoming's win Wednesday. Those points came on three 3 pointers.
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Wyoming took a 10 point lead against Nevada before halftime, then turned on the jets in the second, shooting 71.4 percent as a team in the game's final 20 minutes to bring their total game total to 53.5 percent.
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The Cowboys entered Wednesday's game with a five game Mountain West losing streak and a scoring average of 53.1 points per game against conference opponents. The Pokes had not shot 50 percent or better as a team since their conference opener, a 63 61 loss to Boise State on Jan. 9.
But Wyoming's lack of production on offense has been troublesome.
Pack back to Reno with its tail tucked between its legs, embarrassed by a 68 48 beat down.
There was the usual tough Cowboy defense, which is noteworthy. But there were things that hadn't been witnessed in a while: Dunks and alley oops and a lead that grew instead of withered.
"We didn't do a good job on him again," Wolf Pack coach David Carter said. "He was the key to their success."
Probably most importantly, there was Leonard Washington.
On Wednesday, the streak of both five Mountain West losses and lower than 50 percent shooting was snapped.
As always, UW's success came as a product of an in your face defense that surrenders an average of 55.5 points per game. That defensive effort, the cornerstone of this team, has never Pink Nike Cortez
"Our offense sort of fed of our defense," Shyatt said, acknowledging the improvement his team showed at the other end of the court.
"It's always great to have production from the whole team," senior guard Derrious Gilmore, who has twice scored 26 points in a UW loss this year, said.
HAPPY TO BE BACK: Sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr. started and played 28 minutes Wednesday night, the first game he had played in since missing Saturday's game against Boise due to a sore right wrist. Nance finished with seven points and eight rebounds.
It was a rout, certainly. One Nevada helped fuel with the lackluster effort it put forth to erase the deficit. But Wyoming slammed the door by showing it had the scoring ability to pull away.
There was balance. Three Wyoming players hit double digits, and junior reserve guard Nate Sobey finished with nine.
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