Feb. 6, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowboy basketball team will put its 11-game home win streak on the line this Saturday afternoon as they open the second half of Mountain West Conference play against Utah in the Arena-Auditorium. The Cowboys and Runnin' Utes will tip-off at 2 p.m. in a game televised by The Mtn.
Wyoming is currently riding the 19th longest home winning streak in the nation, having won their past 11 home games. That streak began with a 72-64 home win over Utah at the end of last season. The Pokes are a perfect 10-0 at home this season and are outscoring their opponents by an average of 15.7 points in those games.
The Cowboys enter the second half of league play with a 14-8 overall record and a 3-5 conference mark. Utah is currently tied with San Diego State for first place in the MWC standings. Utah is 15-7 overall and 6-2 in the MWC.
Earlier this season, the Utes beat the Cowboys 91-67 in Salt Lake City to end a three-game win streak by the Cowboys. However, Wyoming has won four of the last six meetings between the two schools. Utah leads the overall series 90-74.
Cowboy seniors Brandon Ewing and Sean Ogirri are currently on the cusp of record breaking performances. Ewing is only one start away from tying Josh Davis for the most games started in school history with 115. He is also only 21 minutes away from setting the MWC's record for career minutes played. Ogirri needs to make just three three-pointers to match Fennis Dembo for the most made threes in a single season in Wyoming history. Ogirri has made 75 three-pointers this season, while Dembo made 78 during the 1986-87 season.
Ewing continues to lead the MWC in both scoring and assists, with 18.0 points and 5.41 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.
Ogirri is ranked 15th in the nation and leads the MWC in made three-pointers per game with 3.41.
Ewing, redshirt freshman Afam Muojeke, senior Tyson Johnson and Ogirri all rank in the top-10 of the MWC in scoring. In addition to Ewing leading the league, Muojeke ranks sixth (15.5 ppg), Johnson is eighth (15.0 ppg) and Ogirri is ninth (14.7 ppg).
Utah, who is coached by second year head man Jim Boylen, has been led by senior Luke Nevill this season. Nevill is averaging 17.4 points, as well an MWC leading 8.2 rebounds and 2.59 blocks per game. Senior Lawrence Borha is scoring 11.3 points per game, while seniors Shaun Green and Tyler Kepkay are adding 10.1 and 10.0 points respectively.
Following Saturday's game with Utah, the Cowboys will have next week off before traveling to San Diego to take on the Aztecs on Saturday, Feb. 14. The Aztecs and Cowboys will begin their Valentine's Day matchup at 8 p.m. (Mountain Time) from Cox Arena. The game will be televised live by The Mtn.