The Cowboys look for their second-straight win over New Mexico at “The Pit” on Saturday. UW has not won back-to-back games at “The Pit” since the 2000 and 2001 seasons. The 6 p.m. start time will mark the Pokes’ first game on CBS Sports Network.
Rich Waltz will provide play-by-play with former NBA All-Star Danny Granger providing the 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 (13-6, 3-3 MW) are coming off their first road win in MW play downing San Jose State 80-70 on Wednesday in San Jose, Calif. The Pokes are one of the best rebounding teams in the nation. UW leads the MW in total rebounds per game at 39.4, which ranks No. 31 in the nation. The Pokes rank fourth in NCAA in defensive rebounds at 30.5 per game. The Pokes defense is holding opponents to 39.4 percent from the field for second in the MW and No. 26 in the nation. UW also holds the opposition to only 29.7 percent from behind the three point line ranking second in the conference and No. 18 in the country. Offensively, UW is shooting 42 percent from the field and 32 percent from the three point line. The Cowboys rank second in the MW and No. 44 in the nation in free throw percentage at 74.7 percent.
The Lobos (11-8, 4-3 MW) head into Saturday’s game as winners of back-to-back road contests. New Mexico is second in the league in field goal percentage at 48 percent. The Lobos also lead the league in free throw percentage at 76 percent. Defensively, opponents are shooting 44 percent from the field against UNM and 38 percent from behind the arc, ranking 11th in the MW. The Lobos are grabbing 33.8 rebounds per game ranking 11th in the MW conference.
Each Team’s Leaders
The Cowboys are led in scoring by sophomore guard Justin James. He averages 15.0 points per game on the season. James also adds 4.8 rebounds and leads the team with 18 steals. Junior forward Hayden Dalton is pouring in 12.8 points per game and leads the team and ranks fourth in the MW in rebounding at 8.3 per game. He ranks second in the league and No. 53 in the nation in free throw percentage at 85.9. Senior guard Jason McManamen adds 12.7 points per game. He ranks third in the MW in three pointers made with 44 on the season. Junior forward Alan Herndon adds 10.3 points per game and ranks third in the league and No. 46 in the nation in blocks per game at 1.95. Junior guard Alexander Aka Gorski leads the Cowboys in scoring in MW play, averaging 14.5 points per game.
The Lobos have two of the top offensive threats in the MW. Forward Tim Williams adds 18.4 points per game ranking second in the league. He also adds 6.9 rebounds per game to rank seventh in the league. Williams ranks second in the league in field goal percentage. Guard Elijah Brown pours in 17.4 points per game for fifth in the league. He is 10th in the league in assists at 2.9 per game. Center Obij Aget is sixth in the league in blocks with 1.1 per game.
About the Series
The Cowboys trail the all-time series against New Mexico 66-67. The Pokes hold a 24-41 record in Albuquerque. Four of the last five meetings between the teams have been decided in overtime.
The Cowboys return home to take on UNLV on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tip inside the Arena-Auditorium in a game that can be seen on Campus Insiders.