Feb. 2, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
On Tuesday night, the Wyoming Cowboy basketball team will take on the New Mexico Lobos at 8 p.m. at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M. The game will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports.
For both the Cowboys and Lobos, Tuesday's game will be their final game of the first half of the Mountain West Conference season.
After falling to BYU on the road last Saturday, the Cowboys are now 14-7 overall and 3-4 in the MWC. New Mexico is currently 13-9 overall and 4-3 in the conference. Last Saturday, the Lobos lost a one-point game to Utah on the road.
The Cowboys continue to lead the nation in both made and attempted free throws. To date, they have made 452 of 611 (.740) free throws. They have made 27 more free throws than anyone else in the country and have shot 11 more than any other team in the nation.
Senior Brandon Ewing made history last Saturday against BYU as he became the third leading scorer in Wyoming basketball history. To date, Ewing has scored 1,939 career points. He moved ahead of former Cowboy Eric Leckner, who scored 1,938 career points between 1985-88.
Ewing continues to lead the MWC in both scoring and assists, with 18.2 points and 5.38 assists per game. He is vying to become the first player in MWC history to lead the league in both categories. Ewing also ranks 34th in the nation in assists per game.
In addition to Ewing, three other Cowboys rank among the top-10 scorers in the MWC. Redshirt freshman Afam Muojeke is fifth (15.6 ppg), senior Tyson Johnson is sixth (15.5 ppg) and redshirt senior Sean Ogirri is ninth (14.7 ppg).
Johnson ranks in the top-10 of the MWC in seven different statistical categories. In addition to ranking sixth in scoring, he is in the top-10 in rebounding (No. 2-8.1 rpg), defensive rebounding (No. 1-6.29 pg), free throw percentage (No. 2-.849), minutes played (No. 5-32.81), blocked shots (No. 5-0.86 bpg) and field goal percentage (No. 6-.528).
Ogirri is currently 15th in the nation and first in the MWC in made three-pointers per game with 3.33.
The Cowboys lead the all-time series with New Mexico by a margin of 62-54. In fact, the Cowboys have won 11 of the last 18 meetings between the two schools. However, the Pokes have not won in Albuquerque since Feb. 15, 2003.
New Mexico is under the direction of second year head coach Steve Alford. Alford, who is in his second season with the Lobos, has posted a record of 37-18 thus far.
Four Lobos are scoring in double figures on the season. Senior Tony Danridge is leading the way with 13.2 points per game. Senior Daniel Ferris is averaging 11.8 points a game, senior Chad Toppert is averaging 10.9 points a game and junior Roman Martinez is averaging 10.4 per game.
The Cowboys will open the second half of the MWC schedule at home against Utah on Saturday, Feb. 7. The Cowboys and Utes will tip-off at 2 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium and the game will be televised by The Mtn.