Wyoming Beats D.U. for 3rd Spot, 58-45
Milo Komenich and Kenny Sailors Look Great as Cowboys Repulse Pioneers; Chink Alterman is Best for Losers.
Regaining their scoring punch, the University of Wyoming Cowboys took command at the fourteen-minute mark of the second quarter and never lost the lead as they polished off the Denver University Pioneers, 58-45, for third place in the National A.A.U. basketball tournament Saturday night. The game preceded the championship contest between legion and Phillips.
Little Kenny Sailors, looked every bit the part of an all-America forward as he dribbled, passed and shot the classy Cowboys to victory. Sailors accounted for eight field goals and five free throws for a total of twenty-one points.
Also contributing largely to the victory was big Milo Komenich, Wyoming's six-foot, 7-inch center, who poured eight goals thru the hoop in a fine exhibition of marksmanship from all over the forecourt.
Denver held its own the first part of the opening quarter, but Wyoming rallied at the eight-minute mark to lead at the quarter by a 10-5 score.
The Pioneers found their eye and quickly jumped into a 14-13 lead. The teams dueled a couple of minutes without either gaining an advantage, and then the flood waters broke as the Cowboys recovered from a 15-15 stalemate to score eight points before D.U. could again find the ring. The half score was 23-18.
In the third period the teams traded baskets and Wyoming entered the final stanza sporting a 36-29 margin.
Sailors and Komenich put on a two-man show the first seven minutes of the last quarter, between them scoring 12 points before a point was scored by another Cowboy. This red-hot shooting show cut off any hopes the Pioneers had of making a comeback.
Little Jerry Otto did a good job of guarding Sailors for a while, but the pace proved too fast for him in the second half and he fouled out. Chink Alterman again was the Denver star, clearing the board well, despite his larger opponents, and hitting five field goals.