2015–16 Wyoming Cowboys basketball team

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2015–16 Wyoming Cowboys basketball
Wyoming Athletics logo.svg
ConferenceMountain West Conference
2015–16 record14–18 (7–11 Mountain West)
Head coachLarry Shyatt (6th season)
Assistant coachScott Duncan
Assistant coachJeremy Shyatt
Assistant coachAllen Edwards
Home arenaArena-Auditorium
Seasons
2015–16 Mountain West Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
San Diego State 16 2   .889     28 10   .737
Fresno State 13 5   .722     25 10   .714
Boise State 11 7   .611     20 12   .625
Nevada 10 8   .556     24 14   .632
New Mexico 10 8   .556     17 15   .531
Colorado State 8 10   .444     18 16   .529
UNLV 8 10   .444     18 15   .545
Utah State 7 11   .389     16 15   .516
Wyoming 7 11   .389     14 18   .438
Air Force 5 13   .278     14 18   .438
San Jose State 4 14   .222     9 22   .290
2016 MWC Tournament winner

The 2015–16 Wyoming Cowboys basketball team[1] represented the University of Wyoming during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Their head coach was Larry Shyatt in his sixth and final year, including his first tenure in 1998. Shyatt resigned at the end of the year to take a job in the NBA. They played their home games at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie, Wyoming. The Cowboys were a member of the Mountain West Conference. They finished the season 14–18, 7–11 in Mountain West play to finish in a tie for eighth place. They lost in the first round of the Mountain West Tournament to Utah State.

On March 21, head coach Larry Shyatt resigned.[2]

Previous season[edit]

The Cowboys finished the season 25–10, 11–7 in Mountain West play to finish in a tie for fourth place. They defeated Utah State, Boise State and San Diego State to become champions of the Mountain West Tournament. They received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the second round to Northern Iowa.

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Riley Grabau 2 G 6'2" 165 Senior Boulder, CO Graduated
Charles Hankerson, Jr. 3 G 6'4" 230 Senior Miami, FL Graduated
Derek Cooke, Jr. 11 F 6'9" 220 Senior Washington, D.C. Graduated
Jack Bentz 13 G 6'1" 180 Senior Chagrins Falls, OH Graduated
Larry Nance, Jr. 22 F 6'8" 230 Senior Akron, OH Graduated/2015 NBA draft
Tyrell Williams 44 F 6'8" 225 Freshman Miami, FL Transferred to Western Nebraska CC

Incoming transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Hayden Dalton 20 F 6'8" 185 Sophomore Parker, CO Junior college transfer from Central Wyoming College
Morris Marshall 25 G 6'4" 185 Junior Lake City, FL Junior college transfer from Santa Fe College

Incoming Recruits[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Austin Conway
#40 PG
Aurora, CO Overland High School 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Jul 1, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 79
Jordan Naughton
#60 C
Rancho Cucamonga, CA Etiwanda High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Aug 6, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 69
Andrew Moemeka
PF
Lake City, FL Oldsmar Christian High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Aug 4, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: N/A
Justin James
SG
Port Saint Lucie, FL Oldsmar Christian High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sep 14, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout:   Rivals:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2015-04-03.

2016 Recruiting Class[edit]

Roster[edit]

2015–16 Wyoming Cowboys men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 1 Justin James 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Oldsmar Christian HS Port Saint Lucie, FL
G 2 Austin Conway Current redshirt 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Overland HS Aurora, CO
G 3 Alexander Aka Gorski 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Sunrise Christian Academy Lund, Sweden
F 5 Alan Herndon 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) RS So Widefield HS Colorado Springs, CO
G 11 Jeremy Lieberman 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Calabasas HS Calabasas, CA
G 12 Cody Kelly (W) Current redshirt 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Campbell County HS Gillette, WY
G 13 Sam Averbuck (W) Current redshirt 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Suffield Academy Santa Rosa, CA
G 14 Josh Adams 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Chaparral HS Parker, CO
F 20 Hayden Dalton 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Central Wyoming College
Chaparral HS
Parker, CO
C 21 Jonathan Barnes 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) So Ponderosa HS Parker, CO
G 23 Jason McManamen 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Jr Torrington HS Torrington, WY
G 25 Morris Marshall 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Santa Fe College
Columbia HS
White Springs, FL
F 32 Andrew Moemeka Current redshirt 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Oldsmar Christian HS Lake City, FL
F 33 Jordan Naughton 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Etiwanda HS Rancho Cucamonga, CA
G 55 Trey Washington III 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) RS So Woodrow Wilson HS Dallas, TX
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Statistics[edit]

Source:[3]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Josh Adams 30 30 36.9 .441 .378 .827 5.5 4.2 1.5 0.6 24.7
Alexander Aka Gorski 31 10 18.8 .383 .370 .705 2.0 1.1 0.2 0.0 5.6
Jonathan Barnes 28 23 10.4 .462 .474 1.7 0.2 0.1 0.2 1.9
Hayden Dalton 28 1 14.7 .438 .303 .786 3.3 1.0 0.3 0.5 3.8
Alan Herndon 31 30 28.5 .517 .304 .597 4.8 1.2 0.5 0.8 7.8
Justin James 30 3 16.4 .418 .358 .565 1.9 0.8 0.3 0.3 5.2
Jeremy Lieberman 31 22 20.9 .342 .351 .773 2.1 1.2 0.4 0.0 4.0
Morris Marshall 8 0 3.0 .286 .000 1.000 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6
Jason McManamen 31 31 35.0 .459 .440 .755 3.0 1.5 0.4 0.1 14.4
Jordan Naughton 23 0 11.3 .800 .488 1.9 0.0 0.2 0.3 3.0
Trey Washington III 26 5 18.9 .313 .231 .611 2.0 1.2 0.4 0.0 2.8

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/07/2015*
7:00 PM
Fort Lewis L 69–77 OT
Arena-Auditorium (7,677)
Laramie, WY
Non-conference regular season
11/13/2015*
7:00 PM
Bristol University W 101–62  1–0
Arena-Auditorium (5,812)
Laramie, WY
11/16/2015*
5:00 PM, ESPN3
at Indiana State
MW–MVC Challenge
L 55–70  1–1
Hulman Center (3,601)
Terre Haute, IN
11/19/2015*
7:00 PM
New Mexico Highlands W 83–67  2–1
Arena–Auditorium (4,462)
Laramie, WY
11/22/2015*
2:00 PM
vs. Montana State
Billings Showcase
L 82–83  2–2
Rimrock Auto Arena (4,207)
Billings, MT
11/25/2015*
7:00 PM
Cal State Bakersfield W 68–64  3–2
Arena–Auditorium (4,387)
Laramie, WY
11/28/2015*
7:00 PM
Montana State W 82–68  4–2
Arena–Auditorium (5,022)
Laramie, WY
12/02/2015*
7:00 PM, RTRM
at Denver W 68–52  5–2
Magness Arena (2,036)
Denver, CO
12/05/2015*
1:00 PM, CBSSN
California L 72–78 OT 5–3
Arena–Auditorium (6,568)
Laramie, WY
12/10/2015*
7:00 PM, RTRM
Southern
Global Basketball Classic
L 58–68  5–4
Arena–Auditorium (4,989)
Laramie, WY
12/13/2015*
7:00 PM, Altitude
at New Mexico State W 62–59  6–4
Pan American Center (4,562)
Las Cruces, NM
12/19/2015*
12:00 PM
Nebraska–Omaha
Global Basketball Classic
W 76–75  7–4
Arena–Auditorium (4,408)
Laramie, WY
12/21/2015*
8:30 PM
vs. Marshall
Global Basketball Classic semifinals
L 82–90  7–5
Cox Pavilion 
Paradise, NV
12/22/2015*
6:00 PM
vs. Houston
Global Basketball Classic 3rd Place
L 89–94 2OT 7–6
Cox Pavilion 
Paradise, NV
Mountain West regular season
12/30/2015
8:00 PM, CBSSN
at San Diego State L 55–67  7–7
(0–1)
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
01/02/2016
4:00 PM, RTRM
at Nevada L 68–71  7–8
(0–2)
Lawlor Events Center (6,317)
Reno, NV
01/06/2016
7:00 PM
Air Force W 64–52  8–8
(1–2)
Arena–Auditorium (4,681)
Laramie, WY
01/09/2016
4:00 PM, CBSSN
UNLV W 59–57  9–8
(2–2)
Arena–Auditorium (5,485)
Laramie, WY
01/13/2016
8:00 PM
at San Jose State L 55–62  9–9
(2–3)
Event Center Arena (1,395)
San Jose, CA
01/16/2016
2:00 PM, CBSSN
at New Mexico W 70–68  10–9
(3–3)
The Pit (13,196)
Albuquerque, NM
01/20/2016
7:00 PM
Nevada L 69–75  10–10
(3–4)
Arena–Auditorium (4,959)
Laramie, WY
01/23/2016
2:00 PM, ESPN3
Boise State L 71–81  10–11
(3–5)
Arena–Auditorium (6,091)
Laramie, WY
01/26/2016
9:00 PM, ESPN3
at Fresno State L 60–71  10–12
(3–6)
Save Mart Center (5,802)
Fresno, CA
01/30/2016
4:00 PM, RTRM
Colorado State
Border War
W 83–76  11–12
(4–6)
Arena–Auditorium (8,148)
Laramie, WY
02/02/2016
7:00 PM, RTRM
at Air Force L 62–70  11–13
(4–7)
Clune Arena (876)
Colorado Springs, CO
02/06/2016
4:00 PM, RTRM
Utah State W 84–65  12–13
(5–7)
Arena–Auditorium (6,141)
Laramie, WY
02/13/2016
2:00 PM, CBSSN
at Boise State L 71–94  12–14
(5–8)
Taco Bell Arena (7,334)
Boise, ID
02/17/2016
7:00 PM, RTRM
Fresno State L 75–79  12–15
(5–9)
Arena–Auditorium (4,852)
Laramie, WY
02/20/2016
2:00 PM
at Colorado State
Border War
W 84–66  13–15
(6–9)
Moby Arena (7,067)
Fort Collins, CO
02/24/2016
8:00 PM, CBSSN
San Diego State L 61–73  13–16
(6–10)
Arena–Auditorium (5,408)
Laramie, WY
02/27/2016
6:00 PM, ESPN3
at UNLV L 74–79  13–17
(6–11)
Thomas & Mack Center (12,412)
Paradise, NV
03/02/2016
7:00 PM
San Jose State W 81–78  14–17
(7–11)
Arena–Auditorium (6,617)
Laramie, WY
Mountain West Tournament
03/09/2016
12:00 PM, MWN
(8) vs. (9) Utah State
First round
L 70–88  14–18
Thomas & Mack Center (5,970)
Paradise, NV
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Mountain Time.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The university uses "Cowgirls" as its women's athletic nickname.
  2. ^ http://www.coloradoan.com/story/sports/csu/mens-basketball/2016/03/21/larry-shyatt-wyoming-basketball/82079042/
  3. ^ "2015–16 Statistics" (PDF). GoWyo.com. March 11, 2016. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "University of Wyoming Official Athletic Site - Men's Basketball". wyomingathletics.com. Archived from the original on 2011-08-14. Retrieved 2015-04-03.