Cowboy Basketball Opens Season With Exhibition Victory Over Slovakia

Nov. 9, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming men'sbasketball team had no trouble in its first exhibition game of theseason, downing the Slovakia Select team Thursday night 99-63 before6,844 fans at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie.

Sophomore Marcus Bailey had a game-high 18 points to lead the Cowboys,shooting six-for-six from the field. Bailey also led the Pokes withseven rebounds.

The game started a little sluggish, but eventually the Pokes began topull away from the undermanned and overmatched Slovakian team taking a44-28 lead with them into the half.

Preseason All-Conference pick Josh Davis had a solid outing with 10points and five boards. Redshirt junior Ugo Udezue returned to actionafter sitting out last season with a knee injury by chipping in fourpoints and six rebounds. Junior point guard Chris McMillian led thePokes with seven assists to go along with his 10 points.

Six newcomers to the Wyoming program also had solid contributions intheir first ever game in Cowboy uniforms. Redshirt sophomore UcheNsonwu-Amadi blocked four shots, grabbed six rebounds and scored 11points. Ronell Mingo, a transfer from Compton Community College,scored 13 points and had five rebounds in his Cowboy debut. JuniorScottie Vines scored 11, freshman David Rottinghaus had 10 points,junior Paris Corner scored eight and freshman Joe Ries chipped in fourpoints.

"This was a good experience for all the kids and they all learnedsomething from tonight's game." said UW head basketball coach SteveMcClain. "In the second half we started to get in a little bit of aflow, but it will take awhile for all these new guys to get used toplaying with each other.

"The veterans gave a good effort, but they knew we wanted to get theyoung guys out there on the floor. I couldn't be more pleased with theattitude of this team. They've worked hard, and I expect us to just getbetter." McClain said.