Pokes Beat Chadron State, 74-58

Nov. 8, 2005


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The University of Wyoming Cowboy Basketball team wrapped up the exhibition portion of their 2005-06 season with a 74-58 victory over Chadron State on Tuesday night in the Arena Auditorium.

Three Cowboys scored in double figures, led by 18 points from freshman guard Brandon Ewing on eight of ten shooting. Ewing also contributed four assists and two steals in 29 minutes of play.

Sophomore guard Brad Jones had a double-double for the Pokes, with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Senior forward Derek Wabbington also scored 13 points to go along with his six rebounds.

Wyoming shot 40.9% from the floor compared to 34.8% for the visitors. The Pokes dominated the paint, outscoring Chadron State 42-28 under the basket.

Chadron State was led by senior center Mike Generette with 17 points and senior forward Adisa Tobin who scored 15. Tobin also pulled down nine rebounds to lead his team.

Wyoming will open the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 13 when they host the Black Coaches Association (BCA) Invitational in Laramie. The tournament will run for three days, Sunday, Nov. 13 through Tuesday, Nov. 15. There will be four games each day at noon, 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Postgame Notes

•Wyoming is now 34-6 (.850) in exhibition games.
•Versus college teams in exhibition games, the Cowboys are now 4-0 (1.000).
•UW has won its last 13 consecutive exhibition games. The last time Wyoming lost an exhibition game was Nov. 1, 1999, against the California West All-Stars.
•Steve McClain's teams are now 15-1 (.938) in exhibition games.
•Wyoming freshmen Brandon Ewing scored in double figures for the second consecutive game. Ewing had 18 points versus Chadron State. He scored 10 points in Wyoming's first exhibition game against Colorado State-Pueblo.
•Sophomore Brad Jones posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds vs. Chadron State. He also led the Cowboys in rebounding with his 13 boards. It marked the second straight game that Jones scored in double figures. He had 12 points vs. CSU-Pueblo.
•Derek Wabbington recorded a double-figure scoring game with 13 points on the night.
•Ike Okoye hit his first four shots as a Cowboy. He was a perfect 3 of 3 in Wyoming's first exhibition win against Colorado State-Pueblo, and he hit his first shot versus Chadron State. He was 1 of 2 on the night versus Chadron.
•The Cowboy defense has been strong in the first two exhibition games this season, holding CSU-Pueblo to only 24.1 percent shooting from the field and allowing Chadron State to only 35.6 percent shooting -- 16.7 percent from three-point range.

Postgame Quotes From Wyoming Head Coach Steve McClain

"I was pleased with the effort of our guards tonight. Brad (Jones) did a nice job of rebounding the basketball, and Brad and Brandon (Ewing) both did a good job of getting out on the break.

"I have a lot of confidence in this team, but our veterans have to play better for us to win. We have to be better rebounding the basketball on our frontline.

"Justin (Williams) is still trying to get his timing back. He hasn't been able to practice a lot, and so his timing is bound to be a little bit off.

"Derek (Wabbington) did a nice job with his shot selection (Wabbington was 6 of 7 from the field).

"Kevin (Lewis) also was productive in the minutes he played.

"Now it starts counting. We will take tomorrow (Wednesday) off and then start preparing for the BCA Invitational which we host Sunday through Tuesday."