Jan. 23, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboy basketball team will host the Colorado State Rams in the 210th meeting of "The Border War" this Saturday in Laramie, Wyo. The Cowboys and Rams will tip-off at 4 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium. The game will be televised by The Mtn.
After playing seven of their last eight games away from Laramie, the Cowboys open a two-game homestand on Saturday. The Pokes have won nine consecutive home games and are a perfect 8-0 at home this season. They have outscored their opponents by an average of 18.1 points per game at home this season.
The Cowboys will enter Saturday's game with an overall record of 12-6 and a Mountain West Conference mark of 1-3. The Cowboys will be looking to bounce back from a heartbreaking 79-78 overtime loss at TCU on Wednesday.
Pacing the Cowboys on the offensive end of the floor will be four of the top-10 scorers in the MWC. Senior Brandon Ewing currently leads the league with 18.5 points per game. Senior Tyson Johnson is sixth in scoring (15.3 ppg), followed by redshirt senior Sean Ogirri (eighth with 15.2 ppg) and redshirt freshman Afam Muojeke (ninth with 14.9 ppg).
Ewing is also the leading assist man in the conference with 5.17 per game. He is vying to become the first player in MWC history to lead the league in both scoring and assists.
Ogirri currently ranks 14th in the nation and leads the MWC in three-point field goals per game with 3.50. He has already knocked down 63 three-pointers this season, which currently ranks as the sixth best single season in Wyoming history.
Johnson is the second leading rebounder in the MWC with 8.3 per game. He also leads the league in defensive rebounds with 6.39 per game. He has recorded four double-doubles this year and has pulled down double-figures rebounding totals six times.
Colorado State, who has won two of their last three MWC games, is currently 7-12 on the season. To date, they have posted a 2-3 conference mark.
The Rams are in their second season under head coach Tim Miles. They have been led by senior Marcus Walker, who is scoring 15.2 points per game. Sophomore Andy Ogide is adding 10.7 points and 7.1 rebounds a game.
Wyoming leads the all-time series with Colorado State 125-84. In games played in Laramie, the Cowboys lead CSU 75-37. These two teams have played each other at least once in each of the past 64 seasons.
Following Saturday's game, the Cowboys will return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 27 as they host Air Force. Tuesday's game will begin at 6 p.m. and will be televised by The Mtn.