Jan. 15, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
On Saturday afternoon, the Wyoming Cowboy basketball program will "Connect with Autism" as they host New Mexico in a first-time special event to create awareness for autism as well as raise money for Autism Speaks. The game, at which fans are asked to wear white to for a "white out", will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium and will be televised by The Mtn.
The Cowboys (8-9 overall, 1-2 in the MWC) return to action following a tough road loss to TCU last Tuesday. After trailing by as many as 14 in the first half, the Cowboys rallied to take the lead late in the second half. However, TCU held on for a 62-59 win.
New Mexico, which has been ranked as high as No. 13/12 in the nation this season, enters Saturday with a 15-3 overall record. After dropping two straight games to open MWC play, the Lobos picked up their first league win this past Wednesday at home over Utah (74-57). They are currently 1-2 in league play and are receiving votes in both national polls.
The Series Between Wyoming and New Mexico:
The Wyoming-New Mexico series dates back to Dec. 18, 1950. Since then, the two teams have played 119 times, with Wyoming leading 63-56.
Wyoming has won 12 of the last 21 overall meetings and 10 of the last 12 meetings in Laramie. The Cowboys had won 10 consecutive meetings in Laramie before New Mexico defeated the Pokes, 99-92 in double overtime, on Jan. 5, 2008. New Mexico then won its' second consecutive game in Laramie last March, 74-73.
Two of the Best Free-Throw Shooting Teams in the Nation Square Off:
The Cowboys and Lobos are two of the best free-throw shooting teams in the nation. In fact, the Pokes lead the nation in makes and rank second in attempts (384 of 525, 73.1 percent). New Mexico ranks No. 4 in the nation in both categories (342 of 510, 67.1 percent). Three Cowboys currently rank among the top-10 free-throw shooters in the MWC--Afam Muojeke (.837), A.J. Davis (.816) and Djibril Thiam (.786).
Afam Muojeke Ranks Second in the MWC in Scoring with 18.1 Points Per Game:
Afam Muojeke is currently ranked second in the Mountain West Conference in scoring with an 18.1 points per game average. Through three MWC games, Muojeke is currently averaging 19.7 points per conference game.
The Cowboys will return to action next Wednesday as they travel to BYU. The Pokes and Cougars will tip off at 6 p.m. from BYU's Marriott Center in a game televised by The Mtn.