Current Press Release

Jan. 26, 2000


Wyoming Basketball Contacts:Kevin McKinney, Sports Information DirectorTim Harkins, Assistant Sports Information Director

The Wyoming Cowboys(11-8, 1-3 in the Mountain West Conference)

1999-2000 Avgs.

Probable Starters Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG APG

F #0 LeDarion Jones 6-7 232 Sr. Bartow, Fla. 12.2 4.3 0.8F #44 Marcus Bailey 6-5 185 Fr. Cheyenne, Wyo. 7.0 3.1 0.9C #22 Josh Davis 6-8 230 So. Salem, Ore. 13.4 8.4 1.1G #5 Anthony Blakes 6-2 188 Sr. Phoenix, Ariz. 13.5 5.7 3.2G #10 Chris McMillian 5-10 175 So. Brea, Calif. 9.5 3.2 3.8ReservesG/F #3 Aaron Abrams 6-4 205 Fr. Vista, Calif. 2.4 1.6 0.6G #14 Brett McFall 6-0 173 Jr. Olathe, Kan. 8.9 2.4 3.1G #23 Mark Curry 6-3 180 RJr. Casper, Wyo. 0.0 0.5 0.0F #32 Fayssal Akacem 6-8 180 Fr. The Netherlands 0.0 0.5 0.0F/C #33 Antone Lostetter 6-8 217 Sr. Espanola, N.M. 1.6 1.1 0.1F #40 Justin French 6-6 210 Sr. FortCollins, Colo. 5.6 3.4 0.8G/F #52 Bradley Mann 6-6 190 Sr. Bourbonnais, Ill. 5.9 1.4 1.7G #55 Andy Young 6-0 165 RJr. New Philadelphia, OH 3.2 1.6 1.4

Game No. 20: Sat., Jan. 29, 2000, Laramie, Wyo., 7:07 p.m., M.T.vs. The San Diego State Aztecs (5-11, 0-3 in the Mountain West)Game to be Televised on KTWO-TV via SportsWest Television(Prior to SDSU's Game at Colorado State on Thu., Jan. 27, 2000)

1999-2000 Avgs.

Probable Starters Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG APGF #33 Myron Epps 6-6 210 So. Tulare, Calif. 14.5 5.9 0.8F #34 Vincent Okotie 6-7 230 So. El Cajon, Calif. 7.5 3.1 1.6C #52 Joe Mann 6-10 265 So. SanDiego, Calif. 2.0 2.6 0.1G # 4 Donte Wilson 6-3 175 Sr. McKinney, Texas 5.0 1.7 1.8G # 5 Bradley Jackson 5-10 165 Fr. Inglewood, Calif. 7.7 3.1 4.2ReservesG #11 David Abramowitz 6-0 170 So. Tijuana, Mexico 6.6 2.2 3.1G #21 Jeffrey Berokoff 6-3 190 So. Whittier, Calif. 3.3 0.9 0.5F #25 Walter Small 6-4 215 So. Lakewood, Calif. 1.5 0.8 0.0F #31 Eric Rohwer 6-9 235 Fr. Burbank, Calif. 0.5 0.0 0.0G #32 Michael Marion 6-6 190 Jr. Portland, Ore. 7.1 2.5 1.2C #42 Marcelo Correa 6-10 225 Jr. Franca, Brazil 11.1 6.4 1.0

Comparative Stats: Here is how the Wyoming Cowboys and San Diego StateAztecs compare statistically.

Reb. Avg. Pts. Scoring FG-FGA % 3P-3PA % FT-FTA % Avg. Given Up Avg.Wyoming 566-1277 .443 145-398 .364 301-428 .703 40.8 77.4 83.1San Diego St. 366-890 .411 65-232 .280 229-334 .686 32.3 73.8 64.1UW Margins +.032 +.084 +.017 +8.5 -3.6 +19.0

Picking Up Where They Left Off, Cowboys Rank No. 9in NCAA in Scoring: Last season the Wyoming Cowboys wereamong the Top 10 scoring teams in the nation, averaging 81.6 pointsper game to rank No. 10. Once again this season the Cowboys areamong the Top 10 in the NCAA in scoring offense. In the mostrecent NCAA rankings (through games of Monday, Jan. 17, 2000) the Pokeswere averaging 84.6 points per game to rank No. 9 in the nation inscoring offense. UW is currently averaging 83.1 points per game.

McFall Ranked Nationally in Three-Point Shooting: In the mostrecent NCAA rankings (through games of Monday, Jan. 17, 2000), Wyomingjunior guard Brett McFall was shooting 48.8 percent from the three-point arc(39 of 80) to rank No. 19 in the NCAA. McFall is still shooting 48.8percent from three (40-82).

Century Mark: Wyoming scored an even 100 points on Saturday, Jan. 8 in a100-85 victory over North Texas in Laramie, Wyo. It marked the second timethis season that UW scored above 100 points. The Pokes other 100-point gamewas in a 110-65 road win at Hawai'i Pacific on Nov. 26, 1999.

1999-2000 Cowboy Basketball Television Schedule: The Wyoming Cowboys willbe televised a number of times during the 1999-2000 season. Below is a listing of television games that will be carried in thestate of Wyoming by either KTWO-TV, ESPN or ESPN2. The games carried onKTWO-TV are via either SportsWest TV out of Salt Lake City, Utah, or ESPNRegional Television.Date Game Time

Jan. 22 at Utah (KTWO-TV) 1 p.m.Jan. 29 SDSU (KTWO-TV) 7 p.m.Jan. 31 UNLV (KTWO-TV) 7 p.m.Feb. 12 at UNLV (KTWO-TV) 8:30 p.m.Feb. 14 at New Mexico (ESPN2) 10 p.m.Feb. 19 at SDSU (KTWO-TV) 1 p.m.Feb. 28 Utah (ESPN) 10 p.m. All gametimes are Mountain time.

Steve McClain Radio Coach's Show: The Steve McClain Radio Coach's Show airsevery Tuesday at 7 p.m., Mountain time. The show will be originated by KFBCRadio of Cheyenne, Wyo., and will be carried on Cowboy Sports Networkaffiliate stations throughout the season. The show will be hosted by the"Voice of the Cowboys" Dave Walsh.

Steve McClain Television Coach's Show: The Steve McClain Television Coach'sShow will be televised by KTWO-TV of Casper, Wyo., every Sunday at 10:30p.m. Head football coach Steve McClain and "Voice of the Cowboys" DaveWalsh will review the past week in Cowboy Basketball, and will take a lookahead to the upcoming week's games.

Ticket Information: Ticket information for the 1998Wyoming Basketball season can be obtained by calling theUW Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-922-9461 or 307-766-4850.

Game No. 21: Mon., Jan. 31, 2000, Laramie, Wyo., 7:07 p.m., M.T.vs. The UNLV Runnin' Rebels (12-4, 3-1 in the Mountain West)Game to be Televised on KTWO-TV via SportsWest Television(Prior to UNLV's Game at Colorado State on Sat., Jan. 29, 2000)

1999-2000 Avgs.

Probable Starters Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG APG

F #10 Dalron Johnson 6-9 205 Fr. Los Angeles, Calif. 9.5 6.4 1.0F #14 Donovan Stewart 6-4 210 Jr. Rialto, Calif. 4.8 2.2 1.4C #34 Kaspars Kambala 6-9 250 Jr. Riga, Latvia1 8.9 9.4 1.1G #3 Trevor Diggs 6-3 185 Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y. 16.3 1.4 3.7G #11 Mark Dickel 6-2 175 Sr. Dunedin, New Zealand 13.3 4.4 8.9ReservesF #1 Chris Popoola 6-5 215 Jr. Los Angeles, Calif. 0.9 1.1 0.1G #5 Danny Brotherson 6-4 200 Jr. Bunkerville, Nev. 8.7 4.4 2.8G #12 Vince Booker 6-1 175 So. Las Vegas, Nev. 0.3 0.3 0.5F #13 Sylvester Dotson 6-7 220 Jr. Detroit, Mich. 4.4 4.1 0.6G/F #15 Lou Kelly 6-5 190 So. SanBernardino, Calif. 2.0 2.0 0.5F #20 Chris Richardson 6-6 185 So. CorpusChristi, Texas 5.5 3.3 0.2G #30 Kenny Dye 6-2 185 Jr. Arlington, Tenn. 6.0 1.4 1.0C #33 Issiah Epps 6-10 225 Sr. Kingstree, S.C. 2.1 3.1 0.2

Saturday and Monday's Games against San Diego State and UNLV to be Televisedon KTWO-TV via SportsWest Television: Wyoming's next two games will both betelevised on KTWO-TV of Casper, Wyo. via SportsWest Television Productionsof Salt Lake City, Utah. Wyoming's game vs. San Diego State on Saturday,Jan. 29 and next Monday's game on Jan. 31 vs. UNLV will both be televised byKTWO-TV. Describing the play-by-play action for the two telecasts will beDave McCann. McCann will be joined by color commentator Irv Brown.

Blakes Bone Scan Indicates No Fracture of Left Foot, But He Does SufferDislocated Toe: Wyoming senior guard Anthony Blakes underwent a bone scanon Monday, Jan. 24 on his left foot. The bone scan was negative, meaning nofracture was found. It was determined that Blakes suffered a dislocatedlittle toe on his left foot. The foot injury occurred in the first half vs.Utah on Saturday, Jan. 22. He only played six minutes in the game, all inthe first half. Blakes' status for this week is currently being listed asday-to-day. Blakes and Alex Jensen of Utah are the only two players enteringthis week to rank in the Top 15 in the Mountain West Conference in scoring,rebounding and assists.

Jones Ties Career High With 26 Points at BYU, Has Hit His Last SevenConsecutive Free Throws: On Thursday, Jan. 20, Wyoming senior forwardLeDarion Jones tied his career high with 26 points vs. BYU. Jones likesplaying on the 20th day of the month. On Monday, Dec. 20, Jones alsoscored 26 points at Oregon State. Jones has scored 20 or more points inthree games this season. He also had 21 vs. North Texas. Jones' 26 pointsis also a Wyoming team high for this season. He has hit his last seven consecutive free throws. He was 4 of 4vs. BYU and 3 of 3 against Utah.

Who's Hot: Three Cowboys are currently on consecutive free-throw streaks.LeDarion Jones has made his last seven free throws in a row, while AnthonyBlakes and Chris McMillian have both made their last six consecutive freethrows. Jones has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 12 games. Overthat 12-game stretch, Jones is averaging 16.2 points per game. In terms of three-point field-goal percentage, Brett McFall isshooting 48.8 percent from the arc this season and has shot better than 50percent from three in 10 of 19 games.

Wyoming-Utah Game Once Again Goes Down to the Wire: They've had their shareof close games in recent history, and last Saturday's meeting between theWyoming Cowboys and Utah Utes was no different. Utah prevailed 69-61, butnot before the Pokes gave the No. 20 ranked Utes a scare. Facing the nation's second longest home winning streak of 45 gamesby the Utes, Wyoming pulled within two points at 59-61 with 3:25 left in thegame before losing by eight 61-69. Wyoming is the last conference opponent to defeat Utah inregular-season conference play. The Cowboys defeated Utah on Feb. 12, 1998,by a score of 62-56 in Laramie when the Utes were ranked No. 5 in thenation. Wyoming has defeated Utah in each of the Utes' last four trips toLaramie in 1998, 96, 95 and 94.

Cowboys Attract Over 10,000 to Wyoming-Colorado State Game in Laramie onJan. 15: Over 10,000 fans attended the Wyoming and Colorado State game inLaramie, Wyo., on Jan. 15, 2000. The crowd of 10,211 was the first crowdover 10,000 of the season for the Cowboys.

Attendance -- Part Two: With its crowd of 10,211 in the Arena-Auditoriumvs. Colorado State on Jan. 15, 2000, it marked the 17th season out of 19seasons since the opening of the Arena-Auditorium that Wyoming has attracteda crowd of over 10,000. The Jan. 15 crowd of 10,211 ranks as the 49th largest crowd inDouble A history. There have been 53 crowds of over 10,000 inArena-Auditorium history.

Cowboys' Play Six '99 NCAA Tournament Teams This Season, Post 3-3 Record vs.NCAA Participants: In six of Wyoming's games thus far this season, theCowboys have faced teams that appeared in the 1999 NCAA Tournament. UW hasposted a 3-3 record in those six meetings. Wyoming defeated Mount St.Mary's (83-69), Samford (80-73) and New Mexico (88-83), while losing toSouthwest Missouri State (75-83) at the Hawai'i Pacific ThanksgivingClassic, losing at Indiana (80-99) and losing at Utah (61-69).

Blakes Records Consecutive Double-Doubles vs. CSU and BYU, One of Only TwoPlayers in MWC to Rank in Top 15 in Scoring, Rebounding and Assists:Anthony Blakes enters this week as the only player in the Mountain WestConference to rank in the Top 15 in the league in scoring, rebounding andassists. Blakes is averaging 13.5 points per game to rank No. 11 in theMWC. He is averaging 5.7 rebounds to also rank No. 11, and he is handingout 3.2 assists per game to rank No. 8 in the MWC. Thursday, Jan. 20, Blakes scored 19 points and pulled down 10rebounds in 38 minutes vs. Brigham Young to record his second consecutivedouble-double of the 1999-2000 season and the eighth of his career. On Saturday, Jan. 15 vs. Colorado State, Blakes recorded his firstdouble-double of the season and the seventh double-double of his career whenhe scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He also handed out sixassists, while playing 38 of 40 minutes in the game.

San Diego State's Steve Fisher the Most Recent NCAA Championship Coach toFace the Cowboys: First year San Diego State head coch Steve Fishercaptured the 1989 NCAA Championship in his first head-coaching duty at theUniversity of Michigan. Fisher was elevated to head coach at Michigan fromhis assistant coaching position just prior to the start of the 1989 NCAATournament, after former head coach Bill Frieder accepted the head-coahingposition at Arizona State. Fisher coached Michigan for eight full seasons (1989-90 to 1996-97),guiding them to six more NCAA Tournaments, including two NCAA Championshipgames in 1992 and '93, finishing second to Duke and North Carolina,respectively. Here are the other NCAA Championship coaches Wyoming has faced.Coach and School Seasons UW Played NCAA Championships

Denny Crum, Louisville Numerous Louisville 1980, 86Steve Fisher, San Diego St. 1999-2000 Michigan 1989Joe B. Hall, Kentucky 1983-84 Kentucky 1978Don Haskins, UTEP Numerous UTEP (Texas-Western) 1966Henry Iba, Oklahoma State Numerous Oklahoma State 1945, 46Bob Knight, Indiana 1999-2000 Indiana 1976, 81, 87Lute Olson, Arizona 1998-99 Arizona 1997Vadal Peterson, Utah Numerous Utah 1944Jerry Tarkanian, UNLV/FSU Numerous UNLV 1990John Thompson, Georgetown 1981-82 Georgetown 1984John Wooden, UCLA Numerous UCLA 1964, 65, 67-73, 75

Wyoming Cowboys' Season CapsuleWyoming's 1999-2000 Record: 11-8 (.579)Wyoming's 99-00 MWC Record: 1-3 (.250) in the MWCLast Time Out for Wyoming: Wyoming lost 61-69 at Utah on Jan. 22, 2000 in Salt Lake City, UtahCurrent Win/Loss Streak: Lost 3UW Head Coach (Alma Mater): Steve McClain(Chadron St.'84)McClain's Overall Record: 29-18 (.617), 2nd yearMcClain's Record at Wyoming: SameLetterwinners Returning/Lost: 10/3Starters Returning/Lost: 5/01998-99 Record: 18-10, 7-7 T4th in WAC Mtn.1998-99 Postseason: Defeated USC 81-77 on March 10, 1999, in NIT 1st Round Lost at Oregon 72-93 on March 15, 1999, in NIT 2nd Round

UW Series Record vs. SDSU: Wyoming leads 24-18UW Series Record vs. UNLV: Wyoming trails 7-9

San Diego State Aztecs' Season Capsule1999-2000 Record: 5-11 (.313)1999-2000 Conference Record: 0-3 (.000) in the Mountain West ConferenceLast Time Out: San Diego State lost to UNLV 55-83 on Jan. 22, 2000, in Las Vegas, Nev.

University Location: San Diego, Calif.Current Win/Loss Streak: Lost 5Head Coach (Alma Mater): Steve Fisher (Illinois State '67)Coach's Overall Record: 189-93 (.670), 10th seasonCoach's Record at School: 5-11 (.313), 1st seasonLettermen Returning/Lost: 8/3Starters Returning/Lost: 4/11998-99 Record: 4-22, 2-12 8th in the WAC Pacific1998-99 Postseason NoneGames Prior to Playing Wyoming: Thursday, Jan. 27 at Colorado State

UNLV Runnin' Rebels' Season Capsule1999-2000 Record: 12-4 (.750)1999-2000 Conference Record: 3-1 (.750) in the Mountain West ConferenceLast Time Out: UNLV defeated San Diego State 83-55 on Jan. 22, 2000, in Las Vegas, Nev.

University Location: Las Vegas, Nev.Current Win/Loss Streak: Won 3Head Coach (Alma Mater): Bill Bayno (Sacred Heart '85)Coach's Overall Record: 80-56 (.588), 5th seasonCoach's Record at School: SameLettermen Returning/Lost: 5/5Starters Returning/Lost: 2/31998-99 Record: 16-13, 9-5 T1st in WAC Mountain1998-99 Postseason Lost at Nebraska 55-68 in NIT First RoundGames Prior to Playing Wyoming: Saturday, Jan. 29 at Colorado State

Cowboys and Aztecs -- Down to the Wire: The recent series history betweenthe Wyoming Cowboys and San Diego State Aztecs has been one ofdown-to-the-wire finishes. The two teams have met 13 times over the past eight seasons.In those last 13 meetings, 10 of the 13 games have been decided by 10 pointsor less and eight of the last 13 meetings have been decided by three pointsor less. Wyoming has won all five meetings in Laramie, while San Diego Statehas won all five in San Diego. Over that eight-year span the two teams also played three times inthe WAC Tournament with SDSU winning all three meetings by marginsof three points or less in 1993, 94 and 98. The only other WAC Tournament meeting between the two teams was inthe 1988 season when Wyoming won 83-76 in Provo in the quarterfinals on wayto the Pokes most recent WAC Tournament Championship. The two schools did not play in the regular season during the1997-98 or 1998-99 seasons due to the rotating scheduling of the old 16-teamWAC. Here is a breakdown of the series.Overall Series Record UW leads 24-18vs. SDSU in Laramie UW leads 17-2vs. SDSU on the Road UW trails 6-13vs. SDSU at Neutral Sites UW trails 1-3

Wyoming-SDSU Series Breakdown the Last Eight Seasons (Beginning with 1992-93Season)Series Record UW trails 5-8vs. SDSU in Laramie UW leads 5-0vs. SDSU on the Road UW trails 0-5vs. SDSU at Neutral Sites UW trails 0-3

Season In Laramie In San Diego1996-97 UW win 67-50 (+17) SDSU win 82-75 (-7)1995-96 UW win 69-68 (+1) SDSU win 80-77 (-3)1994-95 UW win 64-56 (+8) SDSU win 52-51 (-1)1993-94 UW win 85-70 (+15) SDSU win 73-71 (-2)1992-93 UW win 77-54 (+23) SDSU win 64-62 (-2)Conference Tournament Meetings With SDSU1998 SDSU win 60-57 (-3) (in Las Vegas, Nev.)1994 SDSU win 54-51 (-3) (in Salt Lake City, Utah)1993 SDSU win 59-57 (-2) (in Salt Lake City, Utah)1988 UW win 83-76 (+7) (in Provo, Utah)

Wyoming-UNLV Continue Close Rivalry: The Wyoming Cowboys and UNLV Runnin'Rebels first met in the 1966-67 season, when UNLV was known as NevadaSouthern. The home team has dominated the series, with each team owningonly one road win each in the series. Here is a breakdown of the Wyoming-UNLV series.UW Series Record vs. UNLV: Wyoming trails 7-9UW vs. UNLV in Laramie: UW leads 6-1UW vs. UNLV on the Road: UW trails 1-7UW vs. UNLV at Neutral Sites: UW trails 0-1

Team Leaders: Here are Wyoming's current leaders in a number of statisticalcategories for the 1999-2000 season.

Category Wyoming Team LeaderScoring Anthony Blakes, 13.5 ppgRebounding Josh Davis, 8.4 rpgAssists Chris McMillian, 3.8 apgBlocked Shots Josh Davis, 1.2 bspgSteals Josh Davis, 1.5 spgField-Goal % Marcus Bailey, .527(48-91)3-Point FG % Josh Davis, .607 (17-28)Free-Throw % Bradley Mann, .850 (17-20)Minutes Chris McMillian, 30.7 mpg***For complete press release, contact the UWSports Information Office at 307-766-2256.***