Jan. 11, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
This Saturday, the Wyoming Cowboys will travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to play their first road game of the 2007-08 season. Wyoming will bring a 6-7 overall record and an 0-1 record in Mountain West Conference play to Fort Worth to face the TCU Horned Frogs. TCU is 8-6 overall and, like Wyoming, is 0-1 in the MWC this season.
Saturday's 10th meeting between the Cowboys and Horned Frogs will tip off at 4 p.m., Mountain Time. The game will be televised live by CSTV, and will be broadcast on radio over the 25 affiliates of the Cowboy Sports Network.
The Cowboys lead the overall series versus TCU, having won five of the previous nine meetings to TCU's four victories. UW also holds a 3-1 advantage since both schools have been members of the Mountain West Conference.
Wyoming has posted a 4-4 (.500) record in MWC road openers. The Cowboys have won their last two conference road openers -- 66-65 at San Diego State in 2007 and 68-64 at TCU in 2006. Saturday will be the second time in the nine seasons of the Mountain West that Wyoming's first conference road game will be played in Fort Worth, Texas, versus TCU.
The Pokes' previous eight MWC road openers were:
Jan. 20, 2000, at BYU, L 78-87
Jan. 8, 2001, at Utah, L 71-83
Jan. 5, 2002, at UNLV, W 69-59
Jan. 25, 2003, at Colorado State, W 79-77
Jan. 17, 2004, at Utah, L 49-60
Jan. 8, 2005, at New Mexico, L 75-89
Jan. 7, 2006, at TCU, W 68-64
Jan. 3, 2007, at San Diego State, W 66-65
Wyoming is coming off a 92-99 double-overtime home loss to New Mexico last Saturday, that saw two Cowboys play perhaps the best games of their UW careers.
Senior Joseph Taylor scored a career high 17 points and tied a career high with 14 rebounds. Taylor also added two blocked shots, including a spectacular second-half block that resulted in Taylor grabbing the defensive rebound following the block and passing it to a teammate as he was falling out of bounds. He recorded his first double-double of the season and second of his career, with the 17 points and 14 rebounds versus New Mexico in the Mountain West Conference opener. Taylor also shot 71.4 percent (5 of 7) from the field and 66.7 percent (2 of 3) from three-point range versus the Lobos. He hit a jumper with eight seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 73-73 to send the game to overtime, and then at the end of the first overtime he hit a free-throw with 18 seconds remaining to tie the game at 82-all and send the game to a second overtime, before Wyoming fell to the Lobos 92-99.
It was a coming out party for Wyoming sophomore Ryan Dermody last Saturday versus New Mexico. Dermody scored a career high 24 points, pulled down seven rebounds and blocked a career best five opponent shots on the day. He also made a career high five three-pointers, connecting on five of 11 from three-point range (45.5 percent) on the day. Dermody's 24 points marked the first 20-point game of his career, and the 10th double-figure scoring game of his career. Not only did Dermody enjoy one of the best games of his career on Jan. 5 against New Mexico, but he also is starting to make his mark among the top players in the Mountain West Conference. Dermody currently leads the league in blocked shots and ranks among league leaders in the following categories: blocked shots, No. 1, 1.85 blocks per game: scoring, No. 19, 11.8 points per game; rebounding, No. 10, 5.8 rebounds per game; three-pointers, No. 9, 1.92 per game; and minutes played, No. 5, 33.00 minutes per game.
Following this Saturday's game at TCU, Wyoming will return home to host Air Force on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m.