Jan. 24, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Monday's meeting between the Wyoming Cowboys and UNLV Runnin' Rebels will be the 28th meeting in a series that dates back to the 1966-67 season. UNLV leads the overall series 15-12. In Mountain West Conference play, the Rebels lead by a slim one-game margin, with six wins to Wyoming's five. This season's first meeting between the two teams will pit two squads coming off big wins on Saturday night.
Wyoming (10-7, 2-2 in the MWC) recorded its first MWC road win after 10 consecutive road losses in conference play with an 88-81 overtime win at San Diego State. The Aztecs were among the hottest teams in the conference after starting 2-0 with two road wins at BYU and UNLV. Wyoming was able to fight back after trailing by as many as 11 in the first half and by one at halftime, to build and eight-point lead of its own with 5:14 remaining in the game. After the game ended in a 76-76 tie at the end of regulation, Wyoming outscored the Aztecs 12 to five in overtime, and hit 10 of 11 free throws in the extra period. It was only the second time this season that Wyoming won despite trailing at halftime.
For the Cowboys, junior forward Justin Williams had the best game of his young Wyoming career in the win over the Aztecs. The junior-college transfer scored a career high 22 points and tied a career high with 11 rebounds versus SDSU. Five different Cowboys scored in double figures as Wyoming shot 50.8 percent from the field against San Diego State. UW has shot 50 percent or better in each of its last four wins.
UNLV (8-7, 1-2 in the MWC) garnered its first MWC win of the season, defeating Colorado State 86-77 in Las Vegas, after starting out 0-2 in conference play with losses at Utah and at home to SDSU.
UNLV held a 48-45 halftime lead against the Rams, and finished with a nine-point win, 86-77. The Rebels were led by senior forward Odartey Blankson, who scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory.
Monday's game is scheduled to tip off at 8:00 p.m., Mountain Time, and will be televised by SportsWest TV. The game will be carried in the state of Wyoming by KTWO-TV of Casper, Wyo. Monday's game will also be carried on radio by the Cowboy Sports Network with the pregame show beginning at 7:30 p.m., Mountain Time.