Fans in Torrington, Wyo. will be in for a special night when the Cowboys faceoff with Chadron State in an exhibition contest in the Petsch Activities Center on the campus of Eastern Wyoming College on Thursday evening. It will mark the return of senior guard Jason McManamen to his hometown. Tip off for the Pokes’ only exhibition contest of the season is slated for 7 p.m.
Fans can watch the action with live video and stats on GoWyo.com. The game will be broadcast live on radio over the 25 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network.
A Look at the Matchup
First-year head coach Allen Edwards welcomes back four starters and nine total letterwinners from last season’s team. The Cowboys return 63 percent of their s¬coring from last season. The Pokes also return 77 percent of their rebounding. Wyoming was one of the best teams in the Mountain West beyond the arc last season. The Pokes made a season-low five threes against Utah State on March 9, though. Wyoming still averaged 9.9 makes per game last season for first in the MW and 11th in the nation.
Chadron State also has a first-year head coach in Houston Reed. He spent the last 10 seasons at Otero Community College in Colorado sporting an impressive 117-47 record. The Eagles have eight newcomers players who are eligible this season. Reed inherited seven players who were on CSC's roster last year, when the Eagles recorded a 7-19 overall and a 5-17 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference an NCAA Division II affiliate.
Each Team’s Leaders
McManamen emerged as one of the top three-point shooters in the MW and the NCAA last season, as his 44 percent beyond the arc ranked second in the conference and 15th in the nation. McManamen averaged 14.4 points per game a year ago. He will be joined by juniors Alan Herndon, Jeremy Lieberman and Jonathan Barnes.
McManamen downed 3.0 triples per game last season for second in the Mountain West and 27th in the nation. His efforts earned him All-MW Honorable Mention honors by the leagues’ coaches and media.
Herndon was second on the team in field goal percentage at 52 percent last season. He was third on the team in scoring as a sophomore pouring in 7.8 per game. Lieberman started 22 games last season shooting 35 percent from beyond the three point line. Barnes started 23 games for the Pokes in 2015-16.
The UW bench returns sophomore guard Justin James. He averaged 5.2 points per game as a freshman. Junior guard Alexander Aka Gorski added 5.6 points per game to go along with 2.0 rebounds. Junior forward Hayden Dalton will also add to the Pokes’ bench. He finished his first season in the Brown and Gold averaging 3.8 points per game and 3.3 boards. Another promising big man is sophomore forward Jordan Naughton, as he added 3.0 points per game off the UW bench. Senior guard Morris Marshall will add to a deep bench after appearing in eight contests a season ago.
Chadron State returns its leading scorer from last season in senior Warren Gordon. He averaged 12.4 points per game and added 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 assist per game. Junior forward Jordan Perry also returns this season as he averaged 4.4 points per game and 3.0 rebounds per night. Junior forward Matt Reader is the leading returner in rebounds averaging 4.0 per game. He will not be in uniform on Thursday and will join the team after the football team.
About the Series
Wyoming leads the all-time series by a mark of 3-0. It is the first meeting between the schools since 2007 when the Pokes defeated the Eagles 76-69 on New Year’s Eve in the Arena-Auditorium. The series dates back to March 10, 1920 when the Pokes defeated Chadron State 41-14.
The Pokes open the regular season by hosting Western State on Nov. 11 at 8:30 p.m. p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium.