Jan. 16, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Fresh off a big home win over San Diego State on Wednesday night, the Wyoming Cowboy basketball team will return to action on Saturday night as they travel to Las Vegas to take on the UNLV Runnin' Rebels. The game, which will be televised by The Mtn., will begin at 8 p.m. (Mountain Time) in UNLV's Thomas and Mack Center.
The Cowboys improved to 12-4 overall and 1-1 in the Mountain West Conference this past Wednesday with an 83-79 home win over San Diego State. With the win, the Cowboys ended a five game winning streak for the Aztecs. The Cowboys also broke a two-game slide of their own, their longest winless streak of the season.
The Cowboys are led by senior Brandon Ewing who has been nothing short of brilliant over UW's past few games. In fact, he has scored 20 or more points in five straight games as well as eight of UW's last nine games. He is currently leading the MWC in scoring (19.4 points per game) and assists (5.38 assists a contest).
Through 16 games, the Cowboy roster features four of the MWC's top-10 scorers. In addition to Ewing, senior Tyson Johnson ranks sixth (15.3 ppg), redshirt freshman Afam Muojeke ranks seventh (15.2 ppg) and redshirt senior Sean Ogirri ranks ninth (14.7 ppg).
Johnson, who recorded his fourth double-double of the season against San Diego State, is ranked second in the MWC in rebounding with 8.4 per game. Ogirri is currently leading the league and ranks 15th in the nation in made three-point field goals per game with 3.25.
The Cowboys are looking for their first win over UNLV in Las Vegas since the 2002-03 season. UNLV leads the all-time series 23-13 and has won the past three meetings between the two schools.
UNLV, who is 13-4 overall and 1-2 in the MWC, has lost their last two games. After opening MWC play with a home win over New Mexico, the Runnin' Rebels have dropped back-to-back road games at TCU and Colorado State.
The Runnin' Rebels are led by senior Wink Adams who is averaging 12.9 points and 3.25 assists per game. Senior Rene Rougeau is scoring 11.1 points a game while pulling down 7.5 rebounds a game and blocking 2.2 shots a game. Sophomore Tre'Von Willis is adding 10.9 points a game. Lon Kruger is in his fifth season as the head coach at UNLV.
Following Saturday night's game in Las Vegas, the Cowboys will travel to TCU for a Wednesday night meeting with the Horned Frogs. These back-to-back road games are one of three two-game road swings for the Cowboys during MWC play. Wednesday's game with TCU will begin at 6 p.m. (MT) in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and will be televised by The Mtn.