Jan. 29, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
This Saturday afternoon, two old Rocky Mountain rivals will renew that rivalry on the basketball floor as the Wyoming Cowboys travel to Air Force for the 98th meeting in the series. The two teams will tip off at 1:30 p.m. from Air Force's Clune Arena in a game televised live by The Mtn.
The Cowboys enter Saturday's game with momentum after beating Utah this past Wednesday 75-69. With the win, the Pokes improved to 9-11 overall and 2-4 in the Mountain West Conference. However, they are still looking for their first road win of the season and are currently 0-5 on the road.
Air Force is currently enduring a six-game losing streak since the beginning of conference play. They are 8-11 overall and 0-6 in the league.
With their leading scorer, sophomore Afam Muojeke, out for the remainder of the season, the Cowboys are currently led by sophomore A.J. Davis (10.9 ppg), sophomore Adam Waddell (10.8 ppg) and junior Djibril Thiam (10.2 ppg).
In MWC games, two Pokes have greatly increased their production. Sophomore JayDee Luster has increased his scoring average by 5.5 points a game and his assists by 1.6. Waddell has increased his scoring by 3.2 points and his rebounding by 3.0.
Air Force's Leaders:
Air Force currently has three players averaging double figures in scoring. They include senior forward Grant Parker (15.0 ppg), junior guard Evan Washington (11.2 ppg) and junior forward Tom Fow (10.3 ppg). Parker is the Falcons' leading rebounder (6.4 rpg) and Washington is their leading assist man (3.1 apg). Both Parker and Fow have missed time this season with injuries, but each played over 20 minutes this past Tuesday against UNLV.
The Wyoming Cowboys and Air Force Falcons will meet for the 53rd consecutive season in 2009-10.
-UW leads the overall series 70-27 (.722).
-Since the formation of the MWC, Wyoming leads the series by a 14-9 margin.
-The Cowboys have won 32 of the last 41 meetings.
-Wyoming has won 16 of the last 24 games played between the two schools at the Air Force Academy.
Adam Waddell Has Career Night in Win Over Utah:
Sophomore Adam Waddell had a career night as the Cowboys beat Utah this past Wednesday. The Cody, Wyo. native matched the MWC's all-time single-game record with 22 rebounds. He also scored 13 points to record his first career double-double.
Those 22 rebounds are the second most in a single game in Arena-Auditorium history. They also match the sixth most in Wyoming history. Reginald Slater, UW's all-time rebounding leader, holds both records with a 27 rebound night against Troy State on Dec. 14, 1991.
Wyoming returns home to the Arena-Auditorium to host UNLV next Wednesday. The game will begin at 8 p.m. and will be televised live by The Mtn. It will be the final MWC game of the first half of the conference season for both teams.