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Adams steps up for Cowboys

Nov 30, 2012 - The Associated Press

One player's adversity turns into opportunity for others.

That's what the University of Wyoming men's basketball team experienced in its 68-40 win at UC-Santa Barbara Wednesday night.

Sophomore starting guard Riley Grabau left the game in the opening minutes with severe knee pain and didn't return. True freshman Josh Adams and junior Nathan Sobey stepped in and helped UW (7-0) to its most lopsided road victory in 25 years.

Their final statistics weren't eye-popping. Both finished with four points. Adams had four rebounds, and they each had an assist. Adams played 28 minutes, which matched his season-high. Sobey played 15 minutes, which was the second-most for him this season and just his third game in double-digits. But their numbers weren't what Shyatt was looking for. "Those two guys gave us terrific energy and terrific effort," said Shyatt, whose team wasn't scheduled to get back to Laramie until around 9:30 p.m. "It was a great opportunity to expand roles on our team." Shyatt said Grabau is day-to-day for Saturday's 8 p.m. home game with No. 19 Colorado. He said Grabau has experienced knee pain the last couple of weeks and had not practiced for a few days.

Shyatt added that trainers are monitoring Grabau closely, and there doesn't appear to be any structural damage. Grabau made his only shot attempt in the opening minutes of the game. He leads the team with 23 assists and has committed only four turnovers.

Senior starting point guard Derrious Gilmore had a game-high six assists to go along with 12 points and five rebounds.

Travel plans

UW knew it wouldn't get back to Laramie until late Thursday night after the Wednesday Santa Barbara game.

Shyatt and his staff stayed up late Wednesday night watching the game film and got up early Thursday to watch film on Colorado.

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