University of Wyoming forward Eoin Nelson goes up for a dunk during the Cowboys’ win over Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 28, 2020, at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie.

LARAMIE – While he didn’t get to take University of Wyoming men’s basketball coach Jeff Linder up on his offer of going home for the holidays, sophomore forward Eoin Nelson is more than thankful for the breather he was able to get in Laramie.

Nelson is from Dublin, Ireland, which is more than 4,000 miles away from the Arena-Auditorium. After UW’s (6-1) Mountain West opening series against UNLV was canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the Runnin’ Rebels program, Linder gave his players an extended Christmas vacation. It was an opportunity for players to see their families, some for the first time since May.

Michael Katz covers the University of Wyoming for WyoSports. He can be reached at mkatz@wyosports.net or 307-755-3325. Follow him on Twitter at @michaellkatz.

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