Cowboys Open Four-Game Home Stretch Hosting Cal-State Fullerton Wednesday

Tracy Ringolsby

LARAMIE – Coming off a physical growth session in South Carolina on Sunday, the Cowboys basketball team opens a stretch of four consecutive home games on Wednesday night, hosting Cal-State Fullerton.

Oregon State visits Laramie on Saturday with Detroit-Mercy next Tuesday and Louisiana at Lafayette two nights later.

It’s a chance for the Cowboys to get on a roll, and a chance for them to show the positives that could come out of a 66-32 loss to the Gamecocks, who avenged their lost to Wyoming in Laramie a year ago.

“To be quite honest, I learned that we were tougher than I anticipated,” Edwards said. “I complimented (Hunter) Thompson with his aggression and ability to get seven rebounds. I complimented (Austin) Mueller being 6-foot-6 and going against guys that are 30 pounds heavier than him. I didn’t think our guys tucked their heads between their legs and just scattered.

“Our message to our guys was more about the war. The battle, we lost the battle. How can you continue to improve within this game?”

Edwards isn’t trying to put earrings on a pig. He isn’t hiding the fact that the Cowboys hit only 23.1 percent of their shots, and were outrebounded 41-21.

Edwards is getting back to his coaching roots this season – focusing on defense. And he felt Sunday was a learning moment. A South Carolina team that likes to pound on defense and run on offense scored only 66 points, and Edwards spread the playing time to get exposure to the Cowboys roster.

Nobody played 30 minutes. Eight players played 15 minutes or more. Eleven players appeared in the game.

Now comes the four-game stretch at the Double-A, where the Cowboys are looking to add some wins, in addition to growing confidence.

“Wins obviously feed into (confidence),” Edwards said. “It helps you grow.”

A look at the Cowboys history with the four upcoming visitors to Laramie:

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