Feb. 8, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After a hard-fought two-game homestand last week, the Wyoming Cowboy basketball team will go back on the road this week to play at New Mexico on Wednesday night. The game will begin at 6 p.m. (MT) from the Pit in Albuquerque and will be televised by The Mtn.
A Look at the Matchup with New Mexico:
The Cowboys are looking to sweep New Mexico for the first time since the 2002-03 season. When these two teams met earlier this year in Laramie, it was the most exciting game of the season for the Pokes. With less than a second remaining, Francisco Cruz hit an improbable buzzer-beater from the baseline to give the Cowboys a 67-66 win.
The Cowboys have dropped seven games in a row since that win, but are coming off of two very good efforts at home. Last Tuesday night, the Cowboys battled No. 7/8 BYU and held them to their fewest points of the season before falling 69-62. On Saturday the Pokes held Colorado State to their third fewest points of the season and well below their season average of 74.6 points a game, but lost by a possession, 59-56.
Wyoming enters Wednesday's game with New Mexico with an 8-15 overall record and a 1-8 mark in the Mountain West Conference.
This game will mark the first of the second half of league play for New Mexico. The Lobos are currently 16-7 overall and 4-4 in the conference. They have won three straight games--home games over TCU (71-46) and BYU (86-77) and a road game at Air Force (75-61). The Lobos have posted an 11-1 record at home this season.
Each Team's Leaders:
Three Cowboys have averaged double-figures in scoring this season led by sophomore Desmar Jackson. Jackson ranks fifth in the MWC in scoring with 15.5 points a game and has scored in double figures in 18 of his last 20 games. Senior Djibril Thiam is averaging 10.4 points a game and sophomore Amath M'Baye is averaging 10.3 points. Junior Francisco Cruz, who scored a career high 21 points against CSU, is currently averaging 9.4 points a game.
M'Baye leads the Cowboys in rebounding with 5.3 per game, while junior JayDee Luster is the team's leading assist man with 3.5 per game.
New Mexico's roster features four players who are averaging double figures in scoring. Senior guard Dairese Gary leads the way with 13.0 points per game and is followed by junior forward Drew Gordon (12.1), freshman guard Kendall Williams (11.7) and junior guard Phillip McDonald (11.5).
Cowboys Lead the All-Time Series 64-58:
Wyoming leads the all-time series with New Mexico 64-58. In games played in Laramie, the Cowboys are 38-21, but in games played in Albuquerque the Pokes are 23-36. The last time Wyoming won in The Pit was on Feb. 15, 2003.
Langley Takes Over the Reins:
Wednesday will mark the first game for Wyoming under Interim Head Coach Fred Langley. Langley, who was named the Interim Head Coach on Feb. 7, had served as the Associate Head Coach of the Cowboys since the 2007-08 season. This will mark his first game as a head coach.