Jan. 2, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After having already spent the past six days in the state of Utah, the Cowboys will play one final game in the Beehive State as they open the 2009 Mountain West Conference season at Utah on Saturday afternoon. The Cowboys and Utes will tip-off at 2 p.m. in the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.
Saturday's game will not be televised, but can be listened to on the radio through the 26-station Cowboy Sports Network.
The Cowboys enter the 2009 MWC season after posting an 11-3 record in non-conference play. The Pokes are fresh off a second place finish in the Utah State Duel in the Desert. In the tournament, the Cowboys beat Houston Baptist (84-74) and Howard (84-75) before falling to Utah State (90-85) in overtime.
Seniors Brandon Ewing and Tyson Johnson were each named to the Duel in the Desert All-Tournament team. Over the three games, Ewing scored 75 points while dishing out 3.7 assists per game. Johnson averaged 17.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 blocks per game in the tournament. Ewing scored a career high 34 points against Howard while Johnson scored a career high 24 points against Utah State.
Ewing is currently leading the MWC in both scoring and assists, with 18.6 points and 5.57 assists per game. Johnson is the league's leading rebounder with 8.8 rebounds a game. Redshirt senior Sean Ogirri currently leads the league in made three-pointers with 3.36 per game.
After sweeping Utah last season, the Cowboys are looking to continue their winning ways against the Utes. In fact, the Pokes have won four of the last five games in the series. Last season, Wyoming beat Utah on the road by a score of 69-64 and completed the sweep with a 72-64 home win during the final regular season game of 2007-08. Utah leads the overall series with Wyoming, 89-74.
Utah is currently 8-5 on the season, after posting a home win over No. 16/17 Gonzaga on New Year's Eve. The Utes are led by senior Luke Nevill, a Second Team All-MWC performer last season, who is averaging 16.8 points and 8.2 rebounds a game. The Utes are coached by Jim Boylen, who has posted a 26-20 record through his first two seasons as a head coach.
Following their MWC opener with Utah, the Cowboys will not return to action until Wednesday, Jan. 14 when they host San Diego State. That game will begin at 6 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium and will be televised live by The Mtn.