The Cowboys look to continue their winning ways inside the Arena-Auditorium on Saturday hosting Nevada with a 4 p.m. start. The Cowboys are 10-0 at home this season after picking up an impressive 95-87 win over Utah State on Wednesday evening.
The game can be seen on ESPN3 with Trey Bender on the play-by-play and Bob Donewald on color commentary, 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 the contest on GoWyo.com.
A Look at the Matchup
The Cowboys (12-5, 2-2 MW) hit 12 three pointers in the first half on their way to a 95-87 win over Utah State in the Arena-Auditorium on Wednesday evening. The Cowboys rank second in the conference in three pointers per game at 9.3, a number that ranks No. 41 in the nation. The Pokes continue to lead the MW and rank No. 24 in the nation in field goal percentage defense at 39 percent. UW has held the opposition to only 30 percent from the three point line ranking second in the league. The Cowboys lead the MW and rank No. 32 in the nation in total rebounds per game at 40.0.
The Wolf Pack are 14-3 overall and 3-1 in MW play. In their last contest, the Wolf Pack erased a 25-point deficit to earn a road win at New Mexico last Saturday. Nevada leads the MW in scoring offense at 79.4 points per game followed closely by UW at 78.6 points per game. Nevada is second in the MW in three point percentage at 39.7. They also defend the three point ball well leading the conference in three point percentage defense at 29.6 percent. The Wolf Pack head into the game trailing only UW in total rebounds per game averaging 39.3.
Each Team’s Leaders
The Cowboys are led in scoring by sophomore guard Justin James. He is averaging 15.6 points per game on the season ranking eighth in the MW. James is shooting 46 percent from the field and adds 4.8 rebounds per game. Senior guard Jason McManamen is pouring in 13.4 points per game. He ranks third in the conference in three pointers per game at 2.47, which ranks 121st in the nation. Junior forward Hayden Dalton leads the team in rebounding at 8.7 per game, which ranks fourth in the MW. He ranks No. 29 in the nation in defensive rebounds per game at 7.06. He also adds 13.2 points per night. Junior forward Alan Herndon is adding 10.4 points per game and 6.2 rebounds, which ranks ninth in the MW. He ranks second in the MW and No. 33 in the country in blocked shots with 35.
The Wolf Pack are led in scoring by guard Marcus Marshall, as he leads the MW in scoring at 20.7 points per game. He also ranks ninth in the league in assists at 2.9 per game. Forward Cameron Oliver is adding 14.9 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per night. He leads the MW in blocks at 3.1 per game (eighth in nation), as he has 52 on the season. Forward Jordan Caroline is pouring in 14.6 points per night and a team best 9.8 rebounds per game ranking second in the MW. Guard Lindsey Drew leads the MW in assists at 5.4 per game.
About the Series
The Cowboys lead the all-time series with Nevada 13-4. Nevada took both meetings last season in close contests. The Cowboys are 7-2 in Laramie against the Wolf Pack in a series that began in 1938.
The Cowboys hit the road heading to San Jose State for a clash with the Spartans next Wednesday.