LARAMIE, Wyoming — Despite being a little winded early on, it was business as usual for Larry Nance Jr.
The University of Wyoming senior started and played 37 minutes — the second-most on the team — in his first game back after missing the previous four with mononucleosis Wednesday night against Fresno State.
Nance and the Cowboys lost to the Bulldogs 64-59 in front of a crowd of 5,868 at the Arena-Auditorium.
Nance was 4 of 10 from the field and 0 of 1 at the free-throw line. He pulled down eight rebounds, had four assists, one blocked shot and one steal.
His lone basket of the first half was a 3-pointer at the buzzer — only his eighth trey of the season in 26 attempts.
Nance made back-to-back baskets in the paint about seven minutes into the second half.
"I played pretty poorly and didn't help these guys too much," Nance said.
Nance came into the game leading UW with 16.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots. Those averages increased to 18.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots in league play.
"He looked like Larry. It was good to see him back. (Fresno State) did a good job of defending him," UW coach Larry Shyatt told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle (http://bit.ly/1wqK1ZX).
Nance said he lost about 20 pounds from the mono, but that he had gained about 15 of those pounds back working out with the team after its 64-58 win at Nevada on Feb. 17. Nance was asked if he thought he came back too soon from his illness.
"That's a silly question," Nance said with a laugh. "No. Absolutely not. I felt good. It was my effort, nothing my body restricted me from doing."
Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com
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