Jan. 9, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys return home for the first time since Dec. 16 to host the UNLV Runnin' Rebels on Wednesday night in a game scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m., Mountain Time.
It will be the Mountain West Conference home opener for the Cowboys, who began conference play with a road victory over defending MWC Champion and preseason favorite San Diego State on Jan. 3 by a score of 66-65.
Wyoming enters Wednesday's game with a 10-5 overall record, 1-0 in the MWC. UNLV is 14-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play. The Rebels defeated Utah, 97-94 in double overtime, to begin league play at home. UNLV followed that with a road loss at Air Force last Saturday by a score of 50-56.
This season, the Wyoming Cowboys have posted a perfect 6-0 record at home entering Wednesday's MWC home opener versus the UNLV Runnin' Rebels.
In the non-conference portion of this season's schedule, UW posted its first undefeated non-conference record (6-0) since 2002-03.
Not only are the Wyoming Cowboys 6-0 at home this season, but they have posted an outstanding home record throughout the nine years Steve McClain has been head coach. During McClain's tenure at UW, Wyoming's home record breaks down as follows:
Cowboy junior guard/forward James Spencer scored a career high 22 points and hit the game-winning three-point shot with seven seconds remaining to lift Wyoming from a two-point deficit to a one-point victory, 66-65, over San Diego State last Wednesday.
Wyoming front-court mates Daaron Brown and Joseph Taylor have begun to dominate on the boards for the Wyoming Cowboys. In their last two outings, Brown and Taylor have recorded consecutive double-figure rebounding games. The two have also begun to rise among the Mountain West Conference rebounding leaders, ranking seventh and ninth, respectively.
Wyoming's guard tandem of Brandon Ewing and Brad Jones continue to lead the Pokes, ranking first and eighth in the league in scoring. Ewing is scoring 20.9 points per game, while Jones is adding 15.9 per game.
UNLV is led by guards Wendell White, Wink Adams and Kevin Kruger. White is averaging 15.1 points per game to rank 10th in the MWC. Adams (13.8 ppg) and Kruger (13.7 ppg) are 13th and 14th in the league scoring statistics.
Wednesday's game will be televised nationally by CSTV.
As with all Cowboy Basketball games, the Cowboy Sports Network will broadcast the game on radio over its 25-affiliate network, beginning one-half hour before game time.