Wyoming Cowboys Will Host New Mexico on Saturday in Mountain West Conference Home Opener

Jan. 7, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. -


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    Mountain West Conference men's basketball will make its first appearance of the year in Laramie on Saturday afternoon, as the Wyoming Cowboys will host the New Mexico Lobos. The game, which will be UW's first home game in league play, is set to tip off at 4 p.m. from the Arena-Auditorium. It will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports.

    A Look at the Matchup with New Mexico:
    The Cowboys opened MWC play on Tuesday night with a tough road loss to Colorado State. After a great first half where Wyoming led by as many as 13 points, the Pokes were unable to close out the game and fell to CSU 73-60. With the loss, Wyoming fell to 7-8 overall and 0-1 in league play.

    The Cowboys have been very good at home this season, posting a 7-2 record in the Arena-Auditorium. In those nine games, the Pokes have outscored their opponents by an average of 16.33 points a game.

    New Mexico will be playing its first MWC game of the season on Saturday in Laramie. The Lobos posted a non-conference record of 12-3 this season.

    New Mexico returns three starters and six letterwinners from a tremendous 2009-10 season. Last year, the Lobos finished 30-5, won the MWC Regular-Season Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

    Each Team's Leaders:
    The Cowboys have been led by sophomore Desmar Jackson, who will enter Saturday's game having scored 20 or more points in four straight games and 10 or more points in 12 consecutive games. He has jumped up the list of the MWC's scoring leaders and is currently ranked third with a 16.1 points per game average. He also ranks second in the league in steals with 2.57 per contest.

    New Mexico's roster features three guards who are averaging double figures in scoring. They are led by senior Dairese Gary, who is averaging 13.3 points and 5.3 assists a game. Freshman Kendall Williams is averaging 11.9 points and 4.8 assists and junior Phillip McDonald is averaging 11.2 points a game.

    Cowboys Lead the Series with New Mexico 63-58:
    The Wyoming-New Mexico series dates back to Dec. 18, 1950. Since then, the two teams have played 121 times, with Wyoming leading 63-58. In games played in Laramie, the Pokes have posted a record of 37-21. Since the beginning of the MWC, Wyoming leads the series 12-11 and are 8-3 in the Arena-Auditorium.

    Tickets to the Game and Special Promotions:
    Tickets to all Wyoming Cowboy basketball games can be purchased online at www. WyomingAthletics.com or by calling the UW Athletics Ticket Office at 1-877-WYO-FAN1 (1-877-996-3261) or 307-766-4850.

    Also watch for special single-game ticket promotions at WyomingAthletics.com throughout the 2010-11 season.

    This Saturday's game versus New Mexico will be Youth Day. Children in sixth grade or under receive free admission to the game with a paid regular adult admission.