2000-2001 Cowboy Basketball Informational Press Release and Game Notes

Jan. 25, 2001


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The Wyoming Cowboys (2000-01 Record:12-4, 3-1 in the MWC)

Game No. 17: Sat., Jan. 27, 2001,Colorado Springs, 1:00 p.m., M.T.vs. The Air Force Falcons (5-12,0-3 in the Mountain West Conference)

To be Televised by ESPN RegionalTelevision, Carried in Wyoming byKWYF-TV in Cheyenne, Wyo.,and KLWY-TV in Casper, Wyo.

Game No. 18: Mon., Jan. 29, 2001,Albuquerque, N.M.,7:00 p.m., M.T.vs. The New Mexico Lobos (12-4,2-1 in the Mountain West)(Prior to a Home Game vs. ColoradoState on Sat., Jan. 27, 2001)To be Televised by SportsWest TV,Carried in Wyoming byKGWN-TV in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Comeback Cowboys: Over the past three games, the Wyoming Cowboys haveposted a 3-0 record against Colorado State, Utah and BYU. In each of thethree games, Wyoming trailed at halftime but cameback to win. Wyoming hasposted a 3-4 record this season when trailing at halftime. Against BYU,Wyoming trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half of the BYU gamebefore postinga seven-point victory for a 25-point turnaround.

Cowboys Atop Conference Standings for the First Time Since 1994-95 Season:The Wyoming Cowboys are currently in first place in the Mountain WestConference with a 3-1 conference record. It is the first time since the1994-95 season that the Pokes have been in first place in the conferencerace. The Cowboys began that season 3-1, as well.

Bailey Leads MWC in Scoring, Davis Leads MWC in Rebounding and Nsonwu-AmadiAlso Among MWC's Bests: Wyoming has been led by sophomore Marcus Bailey,junior Josh Davis and redshirt sophomore Uche Nsonwu-Amadi through the first16 games of the 2000-01 season. Bailey ranks in seven different MWCstatistical categories. Davis ranks in six, and Nsonwu-Amadi ranks in fourdifferent categories. Bailey is the league's leading scorer. Davis is theMWC's leading rebounder.

Cowboys 12-4 Record Establishes the Best Start in McClain Era: Wyoming's12-4 record this season is the best start by a Steve McClain team atWyoming. In McClain's first season (1998-99), Wyoming started out 11-5.Last season (1999-2000), the Cowboys were also 11-5 through 16 games.

McClain's '98-'99 squad lost its 17th game of the season to go to11-6. A year ago, Wyoming also lost its 17th game for an 11-6 start.

Notes From Last Week in Cowboy Basketball:
*Wyoming has now won 12 consecutive home games.
*UW has now won seven consecutive conference home games.
*The Cowboys are a perfect 7-0 in Saturday games this season, andare a perfect 9-0 in weekend games this season (Friday, Saturday and Sundaygames).
*For the third consecutive game, Wyoming trailed at halftime, butcame back to win. The Pokes trailed by seven (29-36) at CSU and by one(37-38) vs. Utah and by 14 (34-48) vs. BYU. Those are the only three gamesthis season that UW has won trailing at half. UW is now 3-4 for the seasonwhen trailing at halftime.
*Wyoming has now defeated BYU in Laramie four consecutive times.The last time BYU won in Laramie was Feb. 10, 1996, by a score of 84-75.
*During the Steve McClain era, Wyoming is 31-3 (.912) in home games,and 14-2 (.875) in conference home games.
*Wyoming's crowd of 10,008 vs. BYU this past Monday followed a crowdof 13,313 vs. Utah last Saturday. That marked the first time Wyoming hadback-to-back crowds of over 10,000 since the 1994-95 season.
*Uche Nsonwu-Amadi scored a career high 21 points against BYU. Hisprevious career high was 16 points on four different occasions this season.
*Josh Davis recorded his fifth double-double of the season and 21stof his career with 18 points and 15 rebounds against BYU.
*The Cowboys 12-4 start is the best by a Steve McClain team.
*Wyoming enters this Saturday's Air Force game with a 1-1 MountainWest Conference road record, winning at Colorado State (70-69 in overtime)and losing at Utah (71-83).

Wyoming Cowboys' Season CapsuleWyoming's 2000-01 Record:       12-4 (.750)Wyoming's 2000-01 MWC Record:   3-1 (.750) in the MWCLast Time Out for Wyoming:        Wyoming defeated BYU 85-78 on Jan. 22, 2001,        in Laramie, Wyo.Current Win/Loss Streak:        Win 3UW Head Coach (Alma Mater):     Steve McClain (Chadron St.'84)McClain's Overall Record:       49-26 (.653), 3rd seasonMcClain's Record at Wyoming:    SameLetterwinners Returning/Lost:   5/9Starters Returning/Lost:        4/2 (Including one from 98-99)1999-00 Record:                 19-12, 8-6 T4th in MWC1999-00 Postseason:        Defeated Colorado State 74-68 in the MWC Tournament        Lost at UNLV 92-97 in the MWC Tournament

UW Series Record vs. AFA: Wyoming leads 57-19UW Record versus in Laramie: Wyoming leads 31-8UW Record versus on the Road: Wyoming leads 26-11UW Record versus at Neutral Sites: Tied at 0-0Last Meeting versus: Wyoming defeated Air Force 61-51 in Laramie, Wyo. on Feb. 21, 2000

UW Series Record vs. New Mexico: Wyoming leads 53-47UW Record versus in Laramie: Wyoming leads 30-18UW Record versus on the Road: Wyoming trails 21-28UW Record versus at Neutral Sites: Wyoming leads 2-1Last Meeting versus:Wyoming defeated New Mexico 99-93 in Albuquerque, N.M.on Feb. 14, 2000

Air Force Falcons' Season Capsule2000-01 Record: 5-12 (.294)2000-01 Conference Record: 0-3 (.000) in the Mountain West ConferenceLast Time Out: Air Force lost to Texas-Pan American 60-66 on Wed., Jan. 24, vs. in Colorado SpringsUniversity Location: Colorado Springs, Colo.Current Win/Loss Streak: Lost 4Head Coach (Alma Mater): Joe Scott (Princeton '87)Coach's Overall Record: 5-12 (.294), 1st seasonCoach's Record at School: SameLettermen Returning/Lost: 7/6Starters Returning/Lost: 3/21999-00 Record: 8-20, 4-10 7th in the MWC1999-00 Postseason: Lost to Utah 65-74 in the MWC Tournament

Games Prior to Playing Wyoming: None

New Mexico Lobos' Season Capsule2000-01 Record: 12-4 (.750)2000-01 Conference Record: 2-1 (.667) in the Mountain West ConferenceLast Time Out: New Mexico lost to UNLV 72-80 on Jan. 22, 2001, in Las Vegas, Nev.University Location: Albuquerque, N.M.Current Win/Loss Streak: Lost 2Head Coach (Alma Mater): Fran Fraschilla (Brooklyn College'80)Coach's Overall Record: 150-77 (.661), 8th seasonCoach's Record at School: 30-18 (.625), 2nd seasonLettermen Returning/Lost: 4/6Starters Returning/Lost: 1/41999-00 Record: 18-14, 9-5 3rd in the MWC1999-00 Postseason: Lost to BYU 43-55 in the MWC Tournament Defeated South Florida 64-58 in the NIT Lost at Wake Forest 65-72 in the NIT

Games Prior to Playing Wyoming: Sat., Jan. 27vs. Colorado State in Albuquerque, N.M.

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