Border War Set for Saturday Night at 6 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium

Feb. 4, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. -


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    This Saturday night will be a special one for the Cowboys basketball program. Not only will the Pokes host their arch rival Colorado State, the program will host the second annual "Cowboys Connect with Autism" game.

    The game, which will be televised by CBS College Sports, will begin at 6 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium.

    About "Cowboys Connect with Autism":
    The second annual "Cowboys Connect with Autism" game will be held Saturday. The game will be a "white out", as fans are encouraged to wear white to the game.

    The event is being held to help create awareness for autism as well as raise money for Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization. The event has been inspired in large part by Hayden Schroyer, Wyoming head coach Heath Schroyer's son who has been diagnosed with the disorder.

    The event encourages fans to show support by wearing white to the game. Fans can purchase special "Cowboys Connect with Autism" t-shirts for $15, with $10 of the purchase price going directly to Autism Speaks. T-Shirts can be purchased at the Brown and Gold Outlet prior to the game, or the day of the game in the Arena-Auditorium.

    Autism is a disorder that affects an estimated one in every 110 children, and typically last throughout an individual's lifetime. Autism is characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills and social abilities and also by repetitive behaviors. Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research and raising awareness of the disorder.

    A Look at the Matchup with Colorado State:
    Despite falling to No. 8/9 ranked BYU this past Wednesday night, 69-62, the Cowboys hope to have built some momentum by taking one of the top teams in the country down to the wire. The Cowboys enter the second half of league play with an 8-14 overall record and a 1-7 MWC mark. The Pokes have posted an 8-5 record in the Double A this season.

    Colorado State enters the second half of league play in a third place tie with UNLV. The Rams are 15-7 overall and 5-3 in the MWC. Like the Cowboys, they are coming off a tough home loss to one of the top ranked teams in the nation. CSU lost at the buzzer to No. 6/7 San Diego State this past Wednesday night in Fort Collins. The Rams won the first meeting with Wyoming 73-60 back on Jan. 4 in Fort Collins.

    Each Team's Leaders:
    Sophomore Desmar Jackson, who recently moved into eighth place on Wyoming's all-time list of scorers through a sophomore season with 697 career points, continues to lead the Cowboys. He posted his sixth 20-point game of the season against BYU and is currently averaging 15.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.29 steals a game. He is one of only three players in the MWC to rank among the top of all three categories, as he currently ranks No. 4 in scoring, No. 2 in steals and No. 15 in rebounding.

    Colorado State has two of the top big men in the MWC in seniors Andy Ogide and Travis Franklin. Ogide is the third leading scorer in the MWC (16.2 ppg) and ranks No. 4 in rebounding (7.7 rpg), while Franklin ranks No.8 in scoring (14.9 ppg) and No. 11 in rebounding (5.0 rpg).

    Cowboys Lead the All-Time Series 127-87:
    Wyoming leads the all-time series with Colorado State 127-87. In games played in Laramie, the Cowboys are 76-38. Since the beginning of the MWC, the Cowboys lead the series 15-11.

    Tickets to the Game and Special Promotions:
    Tickets to all Wyoming Cowboy basketball games can be purchased online at www. WyomingAthletics.com or by calling the UW Athletics Ticket Office at 1-877-WYO-FAN1 (1-877-996-3261) or 307-766-4850.

    Also watch for special single-game ticket promotions at WyomingAthletics.com throughout the 2010-11 season.