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Wyoming Nevada Men's Basketball

Wyoming's Josh Adams drives against Nevada's Michael Perez during a game Jan. 25 at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie. Wyoming defeated Nevada 64-62 in overtime. 

Wyoming sophomore guard Josh Adams was handed a one-game suspension for "striking an opponent," the Mountain West Conference announced Monday.

Adams, who is second on the team with 12.1 points per game and leads the team in assists, was ejected from Wyoming's win over Utah State on Saturday with 5 minutes, 40 seconds remaining for reportedly striking a Utah State player.

Prior to his ejection, Adams had led the team with 19 points and a career-high eight assists on the game, making eight of 10 field goal attempts.

Adams will be prohibited from playing in Wyoming's game at New Mexico on Wednesday.

"Bummed out but respect and support the verdict...my apologies cowboys," Adams tweeted on Monday.

Wyoming assistant coach Jeremy Shyatt also said the rest of the team and coaching staff stands by the league's decision.

“That was a decision that was out of our hands, but obviously we support any action that the Mountain West takes in matter such as this," Shyatt said. "Fortunately Josh is going to be able to travel with the team. He’ll be with us, and then obviously he’ll start preparing himself to get ready for UNLV on Saturday.”

Wyoming athletic director Tom Burman also commented on the suspension via a media release on Monday morning.

“Our teams are committed to good sportsmanship and the sportsmanship standards established by the Mountain West Conference,” Burman said. “We know Josh is disappointed in his actions late in the game on Saturday versus Utah State, and he is disappointed that his actions will cause him to miss this Wednesday’s game at New Mexico.

"But we accept the one-game suspension, and we will support him as he learns from this experience. We look forward to having him back for the game on Saturday at UNLV.”

Shyatt said the coaching staff will discuss over the next few days who will start in Adams' place. Guards Jerron Granberry, Charles Hankerson Jr. and Trey Washington will all likely receive added minutes in The Pit on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, Wyoming forward Larry Nance Jr. -- the team leader in points and rebounds -- took to Twitter on Monday to voice his opinion as well.

"All of this is just added motivation which is scary for a team like us to have.. We'll be fine. We'll be just fine," Nance tweeted.

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