Cowboys Set for Valentine’s Day Matchup with Colorado State

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For the second time in the 106 years of the series, the Cowboys will play Colorado State on Valentine’s Day. It is the first meeting between the teams this season and will be the 226th meeting all-time. UW defeated the Rams on Valentine’s Day in 1987 by a score of 81-78 in triple overtime.

The game will broadcasted on ROOT SPORTS, as Drew Goodman will be on the play-by-play with Dave Bowinkel on color commentary and Marc Stout on the sidelines. The game will be broadcast live on radio over the 25 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network. Fans can follow live stats, audio and video (if outside the ROOT Sports footprint) of the contest on GoWyo.com. Fans can purchase tickets online at GoWyo.com/tickets, in person at the WYO Athletics Ticket Office or by calling 307-766-7220.

A Look at the Matchup

The Cowboys (16-10, 6-7 MW) dropped an 81-74 contest at Utah State on Saturday evening in Logan, Utah. Wyoming has hit 40 three pointers in their last three contests and have converted on 42 percent of the opportunities behind the arc in that span. UW grabs 39.4 rebounds per game for first in the MW and No. 31 in the nation. The Cowboys are holding opponents to 39.5 percent from the field, which is second in the MW and No. 20 in the nation.

The Rams (17-9, 9-4 MW) have won six of their last seven contests including three-straight. Colorado State is holding opponents to 67.3 points per game for second in the MW. CSU is grabbing 38.4 rebounds per game ranking third in the league. Colorado State is shooting 43 percent from the field and are holding opponents to 40 percent from the field for third in the MW. The Rams rank second in the MW hitting 74 percent of their free throw attempts.

Each Team’s Leaders 

The Cowboys are led in scoring by sophomore Justin James, as he pours in 14.8 points per game ranking 10th in the MW.  Junior forward Hayden Dalton is adding 12.7 points per game with a team-high 8.8 rebounds per game, which is third in the MW. He has 230 total rebounds this season ranking second in the MW and No. 46 in the nation. Senior guard Jason McManamen adds 12.0 points per game. He has 184 three pointers for his career, ranking third all-time at UW. He is 10 threes away from being the Cowboys all-time three point leader. Junior Forward Alan Herndon adds 10.7 points per game and leads the team with 2.1 blocks per game, which ranks No. 38 in the nation. He has 54 blocks on the season ranking ninth in single season history at UW.

The Rams are led in scoring by guard Gian Clavell, as he adds 18.6 points per game for fourth in the MW. He also adds 6.4 rebounds per game and leads the team with 29 steals. Forward Emmanuel Omogbo averages 14.1 points per game and leads the MW in rebounding at 10.6 per game. He averages 2.9 offensive boards per game. Guard Prentiss Nixon adds 12.2 points per game and dishes out 2.3 assists per game.

About the Series

The Cowboys lead the all-time series 133-92 with the first meeting coming in 1911. The Pokes have won-five straight including an 84-66 win in the last meeting on Feb. 20, 2016 in Fort Collins.

Up Next

The Cowboys head to Boise State for a 4 p.m. matchup on ROOT SPORTS on Saturday in Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho.