Jan. 30, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After posting back-to-back home wins over Front Range rivals Colorado State and Air Force, the Wyoming Cowboy basketball team will take to the road this weekend and play at BYU on Saturday afternoon in Provo, Utah. The Cowboys and Cougars will renew their rivalry at 4 p.m. in BYU's Marriott Center. The game will be televised live by The Mtn.
Wyoming and BYU are currently knotted in the middle of the Mountain West Conference standings with identical 3-3 conference records. Wyoming is 14-6 overall and BYU is 15-5 overall.
The Cowboys currently lead the nation in both made and attempted free throws. On the season, they have made 434 of 586 free throws, a percentage of 74.1.
Leading the Cowboys are four of the MWC's top-10 scorers is senior Brandon Ewing (18.4 ppg), senior Tyson Johnson (15.7 ppg), redshirt freshman Afam Muojeke (15.5 ppg) and redshirt senior Sean Ogirri (15.0 ppg).
Ewing is currently the MWC's leading scorer and assist man, with 5.11 assists per game. He is also within striking distance of becoming the third highest scorer in Wyoming history, as he trails Eric Leckner by only 14 points on UW's career scoring list.
In UW's win over Air Force last Tuesday night, Muojeke recorded the first double-double of his young career. He scored 16 points and pulled down a career high 10 rebounds in the game.
Johnson ranks in the top-10 of the MWC in eight different statistical categories. In addition to ranking fifth in scoring, he is in the top-10 in rebounding (No. 2-8.4 rpg), defensive rebounding (No. 1-6.50 pg), free throw percentage (No. 2-.856), minutes played (No. 4-33.10), field goal percentage (No. 5-.541), blocked shots (No. 5-0.90 bpg) and offensive rebounding (Tie No. 9-1.85 pg).
Ogirri is currently 13th in the nation in made three-pointers per game with 3.40. That total is also tops in the MWC. Ogirri has scored in double figures in 12 consecutive games for the Cowboys.
BYU leads the all-time series with Wyoming by a margin of 99-69. The last time that the Cowboys won in Provo was on Feb. 12, 2005 by a score of 59-58.
BYU is coached by Dave Rose, who has posted an 87-31 record in his four seasons at BYU.
The Cougars are led by two of the top players in the MWC in senior Lee Cummard and junior Jonathan Tavernari. Each has scored exactly 346 points this season, for an average of 17.3 points per game. Sophomore Jimmer Fredette is adding 14.9 points and a team high 4.6 assists per game.
After playing BYU, the Cowboys will remain on the road and travel to Albuquerque, N.M. for a Tuesday night game with the New Mexico Lobos. The Cowboys and Lobos will tip-off at 8 p.m. from The Pit. The game will be televised by CBS College Sports.