Cowboys Face No. 23 USC in Las Vegas Classic

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The Pokes second comeback in as many games lifted UW past DePaul on Thursday evening 72-58. UW will now face No. 23 USC in the Las Vegas Classic finale tonight at 9 p.m. MT in the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. USC defeated Missouri State 83-75.

The game will be broadcasted nationally on FS1 with Justin Kutcher providing the play-by play and Steve Lavin on the color. Fans can also watch the game on Fox Sports Go. The game will be broadcast live on radio over the 25 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network. Fans can follow live stats and listen to the contest on GoWyo.com. 

A Look at the Matchup

The Cowboys have won seven-straight contests heading into tonight’s contest against USC. The Cowboys rank No. 13 in the nation in field goal percentage defense at 37.2 percent. UW ranks No. 7 in the country in defensive rebounds per game at 30.75. The Pokes are shooting 43 percent from the field and rank No. 70 in the nation in three pointers per game at 8.9

The Trojans are 12-0 on the season. USC is one of the finest offense teams in the nation ranking No. 43 in the country in scoring offense at 82.3. The Trojans are shooting 47 percent from the field and 37 percent from the three point line. USC does a great job of sharing the basketball averaging 15.5 assists per game. 

Each Team’s Leaders 

The Cowboys are led in scoring by sophomore guard Justin James. He is averaging 16.3 points per game on the season. James is shooting 47 percent from the field and adds 4.5 rebounds per game. Senior guard Jason McManamen is pouring in 14.3 points per game. Junior forward Alan Herndon is adding 10.4 points per game and 5.7 rebounds. He ranks third in the MW and No. 51 in the country in blocked shots with 23. Junior forward Hayden Dalton leads the team in rebounding at 7.8 per game, which ranks fourth in the MW. He also adds 11.9 points per night.

The Trojans are led in scoring by Elijah Stewart as he is adding 16 points per game. He is shooting 42 percent from the three point line this season. Jordan McLaughlin is adding 14.1 points per game shooting 54 percent from the field. Chimezie Metu leads the Trojans in rebounding at 7.9 per game to go along with 13.3 points per night.

About the Series

UW and USC haven’t 11 times in school history. UW trails the all-time series 4-7 with the Pokes dropping the last meeting by a score of 55-68 at USC on Nov. 13, 2001.

Quick Notes

Junior forward Hayden Dalton recorded his third-straight double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. It is the first time since Larry Nance, Jr. in 2013-14 that a UW player has recorded a double-double in three-straight games.

The Pokes held the Blue Demons to 28 percent from the field for the lowest field goal percentage by an opponent since Colorado shot 28 percent in the Arena-Auditorium in 2013-14.

The Pokes grabbed 49 rebounds against DePaul. It was the second most this season following the 50 UW recorded against Colorado Christian.

UW erased a 10 point deficit against DePaul tying a season largest deficit overcame. UW erased a 10 point deficit against Troy on Monday.

The Pokes have won seven-straight games the most since winning seven-straight twice during the 2014-15 season.

The Pokes bench tied a season-high with 45 points against DePaul. UW’s bench has scored 40 or more points in five of their last seven games.

In terms of first year head coaches at UW. Edwards tied Larry Shyatt and Willard Witte as the second fastest coaches to reach double-digit wins in their first season, it took those three 12 games. Benny Dees reached double-digit wins in his first 10 games.

UW is 33-121 all-time against ranked foes. The Cowboys are also 0-3 all-time against teams ranked 23rd in the nation. Last ranked opponent UW played was #11/9 northern Iowa in 2015 NCAA Tournament.