Jan. 27, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
It is the longest rivalry for both the University of Wyoming Cowboys and Colorado State Rams. The "Border War" will take place for the 201st time on the basketball court this coming Saturday, Jan. 29. Tip-off for the game is set for 1:00 p.m., Mountain Time, in Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium.
Wyoming enters Saturday's game holding a 120-80 advantage in the series. The Cowboys have won 72 of 108 meetings versus the Rams in Laramie. The Pokes also lead the Mountain West Conference series by an 8-4 margin. UW is 4-1 against the Rams in Laramie since the formation of the Mountain West Conference. Five of the last six meetings in the series have been decided by three points or less.
Wyoming is 10-8 overall this season, 2-3 in the MWC and in fifth place in the conference race. CSU is 9-9, 1-4 in the MWC and tied for seventh.
Both teams will be led by Chicago natives, who rank among the all-time leading scorers in Mountain West Conference history. Senior guard Jay Straight of Wyoming played at Dunbar High School in Chicago. Straight ranks fifth in MWC history in scoring with 1,356 career points. Senior center Matt Nelson of Colorado State played at Niles North High in Chicago. Nelson ranks fourth in MWC history with 1,470 career points.
Straight can join very exclusive company on Saturday. He enters Saturday's game with 397 career assists. Three more assists will make Straight only the second player in 100 years of Wyoming Basketball to hand out 400 career assists and score 1,000 career points. The only other Cowboy to accomplish that feat was Fennis Dembo, who scored 2,311 points and handed out 410 assists from the 1984-85 season through the 1987-88 campaign.
A third Chicago native, Wyoming junior forward Justin Williams, who played at Thornwood High School in the Chicago suburb of South Holland, Ill., was named MWC Co-Player of the Week this past Monday. Williams averaged 20.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocked shots per game in two Wyoming wins over BYU (83-71) and San Diego State (88-81 in overtime).
Saturday's game will be televised by ESPN+Plus. The game will also be broadcast on the Cowboy Sports Radio Network. The radio pregame show begins one-half hour before tip-off.