Jan. 26, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming senior Tyson Johnson was selected as the Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Co-Player of the Week on Monday morning.
Johnson, a 6-7 forward from Long Island, N.Y., helped lead the Cowboys to a 1-1 record on the week, losing an overtime battle at first-place TCU (78-79) and defeating rival Colorado State (83-74) at home.
On the week, Johnson scored 37 points and pulled down 17 rebounds for a weekly average of 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Johnson finished the week shooting 70.6 percent from the field (12-for-17) and 92.3 percent from the free-throw line (12-for-13).
At TCU, Johnson scored 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting and pulled down eight rebounds. With 13 seconds left in regulation, he knocked down only his second three-pointer of the season to send the game to overtime.
In UW's "Border War" win over Colorado State, Johnson was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe in scoring 19 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds, dished out two assists and blocked one shot.
Johnson shares the MWC's weekly award with UNLV's Tre'Von Willis.