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Wyoming’s Larry Nance expected to miss two more games

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Wyoming looks to get back in the win column on Saturday against San Jose State, which is winless in Mountain West play.

Like the Cowboys have done in the last two games, both losses, they enter the conference matchup without Larry Nance Jr., the team’s top scorer and rebounder. Nance, the Mountain West preseason player of the year, has been out since Feb. 6 with a case of mononucleosis.

Wyoming head coach Larry Shyatt updated the condition of his star forward on Friday, and unfortunately it’s only gotten worse, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.

“Larry’s been struggling a little bit,” Wyoming head coach Larry Shyatt said. “He’s been in the hospital a couple days, and actually regressed a little bit. His tonsils were extremely swollen. We hope he’s going to be back in his apartment as early as (Friday night) or (Saturday). What we had thought originally was a mild case of mono, because his symptoms were mild. Unfortunately, it became intensified.

“Fortunately, he’s been with some wonderful doctors. Thank goodness his mother is in town. I think that’s been extremely helpful. But there is no timeline, except, one would think, day-to-day. I would question if he would even be close in these next two games. We do have an eight-day break after that from league play, and that could possibly be a very good thing.”

Wyoming struggling without Nance is an understatement. In the last two games, the Cowboys lost to Air Force and San Diego State by 23 and 26 points, respectively. Wyoming, a fringe tournament team entering conference play, is currently on the outside looking in with six regular season games remaining.

Nance is averaging 16.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 blocks per game.



Wyoming senior forward one of two players dealing with mononucleosis

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Larry Shyatt’s Wyoming Cowboys, picked to finish sixth in the Mountain West preseason media poll, are currently tied for first with San Diego State ahead of their game at Air Force Saturday afternoon. One of the big reasons for their success has been senior forward Larry Nance Jr., who leads the team in both scoring (16.2 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg).

However Nance isn’t at full strength at this time, as it was announced by Shyatt Friday morning that the forward has been diagnosed with mononucleosis. Also dealing with this particular health issue is redshirt freshman forward Alan Herndon, who has been the first front court player off the bench for the Cowboys.

“Alan Herndon has shown improvement with his mononucleosis and will continue to be evaluated on a day-to-day basis,” Shyatt said Friday. “Larry Nance Jr. has been diagnosed with a mild case of mononucleosis and will be monitored on a day-to-day basis as well.”

While the game against Air Force is a dangerous one for the Cowboys, it’s the game that follows that is of even greater importance when it comes to winning the Mountain West. Wyoming is scheduled to visit San Diego State Wednesday night, and given the Aztecs’ front court options having Nance and Herndon available is important.

#POSTERIZED: Larry Nance Jr. channels his inner … Larry Nance Sr. (VIDEO)

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This is nasty, Larry, but if it was your pops, he would have thrown down this dunk with a ball in each hand: