LARAMIE — Wyoming may need some help at the point guard position.
Cowboys coach Larry Shyatt has several options in mind if necessary.
Shyatt said after Wednesday's 64-53 victory at Air Force that junior backup point guard Derrious Gilmore is temporarily academically ineligible. Gilmore, who also injured a finger, has missed three straight games, leaving the Pokes to fill in 14 minutes per game.
"I've always felt we were in pretty good shape in terms of the backcourt numbers," Shyatt said. "I thought we were a little shallow in our frontcourt numbers.
"I think we're in pretty good shape there, it's just a matter of game-to-game management."
During Wednesday's victory, senior JayDee Luster shouldered most of the load himself.
The third-year UW starter played a season-high 39 minutes, dishing out four assists and making perhaps the biggest shot of the night, a 3-pointer that gave the Cowboys a six-point lead late in the second half.
"I don't think anybody's been overworked this season," Shyatt said. "JayDee, fortunately, is very up front when he does feel fatigued. (Wednesday) night he took himself out and said, 'I just need a 30-second blow.'
"Sometimes the nature of the game calls for more substituting."
The Cowboys could see that become an issue.
They host Colorado State on Saturday and San Diego State next week and Shyatt said Wednesday he has no timetable for when or if Gilmore's matters will be cleared up.
If the Pokes need help from the bench, they'll likely get it from freshman Riley Grabau, with senior guards Francisco Cruz and Arthur Bouedo perhaps pitching in.
"Riley's ready for more minutes, and I have no hesitation or reservations whatsoever," Shyatt said. "He's one of the hardest-working players we have."
Like most freshman, the first semester was a learning process.
Grabau has played in a dozen games this season and is averaging nearly 10 minutes in those contests, in part because he played a combined 51 minutes in the two victories against Idaho State.
"Whatever's best for the team," Grabau tells the Casper Star-Tribune (http://bit.ly/xb59Pk ) when asked if he's ready for more minutes. "We needed JayDee last game and he came through. If coach calls on me, I'm ready.
"You feel more comfortable every time you step out on the court, but there's still that edge."
Whoever is running the point -- and there's no doubt Luster will continue to be the focal point -- the Cowboys say they're in good shape.
"If Derrious isn't able to play, I think Riley has definitely shown he can come in and be a game manager," UW senior Adam Waddell said. "He needs to show a little bit more confidence in his shot because he can shoot it pretty well. If JayDee has to (go) out I have no doubt in my mind that we have the guys to fill in."
Gilmore averages more than four points per game and led the Pokes with 18 at Idaho State last month.
"Hopefully we're going to have Derrious back," Shyatt said. "But until then I feel very comfortable."