Cowboy Freshman Earns MWC Honor

Jan. 16, 2006

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Wyoming guard Brandon Ewing and San Diego State guard Brandon Heath were named the Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Co-Players of the Week. Ewing garnered his first career weekly honor, while this is the third career weekly honor for Heath.

Ewing, a 6-2 freshman from Chicago, Ill., led the Cowboys to a 2-0 record in MWC play last week with home wins over then first-place Air Force (55-50) and New Mexico (77-70). Against the Falcons, he scored 11 of the Cowboys' 55 points, while grabbing two rebounds, and tallying an assist and a steal in 35 minutes of play, as Wyoming snapped Air Force's 12-game winning streak. Against UNM, Ewing scored a career-high 23 points, shooting 6-of-8 from the field, 4-of 4 from three-point range and 7-for-8 from the free throw line. He also handed out seven assists, grabbed two rebounds and collected a steal in 34 minutes. For the week, Ewing averaged 17.0 points, 4.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals a game, while shooting 52.9 percent from the field, 55.6 percent from three-point range and 91.7 percent on free throws. In league play, he averages a team-best 16.3 points per game (fifth-best in the MWC), as Wyoming is currently in a three-way tie (with Air Force and San Diego State) at the top of the conference standings with a 3-1 record.

A 6-4 guard from Los Angeles, Calif., Heath paced the Aztecs to a 2-0 record in conference play last week with wins against Utah (72-67) and UNLV (83-67). He started the week scoring 21 points, collecting season-highs in assists (eight) and rebounds (six) and tallying three steals vs. Utah. Heath scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, personally outscoring the Utes, 13-6, in a 16-6 SDSU run that gave the Aztecs a lead they would not relinquish. During the run, Heath connected on all five field goal attempts (including all three three-point attempts). He shot 6-of-10 from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point land in the second half, as the Aztecs defeated Utah in Salt Lake City for the first time since 1982 and snapped a six-game losing streak to the Utes overall. Against UNLV, Heath once again posted a big second half on the way to a 17 point, five assist, four rebound performance. After the intermission, he had 14 points, three assists and two rebounds, helping the Aztecs overcome a six-point halftime deficit and outscore the Rebels 51-29 in the second half on the way to the win. Heath scored nine points during a 21-7 second half opening run for SDSU. On the week, Heath averaged 19.0 points, 6.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals a game.