Feb. 13, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After spending this past week idle with a bye, the Wyoming Cowboy basketball team will return to action this Saturday as they travel to San Diego State with hopes of earning a season sweep over the Aztecs. The game will begin at 8 p.m. (MT) in San Diego State's Cox Arena and will be televised live by The Mtn.
The Cowboys beat the Aztecs earlier this season in Laramie by a score of 83-79. Senior Brandon Ewing led the Pokes with a game high 24 points. Senior Tyson Johnson recorded his fourth career double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. The win snapped a five-game win streak for the Aztecs.
With that win earlier this season, the Cowboys improved their lead in the all-time series with San Diego State to 36-28. In the 10 years of the Mountain West Conference, the Cowboys have won 12 of 22 meetings. The recent series between the Cowboys and Aztecs has featured numerous close games. In fact, 25 of the last 35 meetings have been decided by 10 points or less and 16 of those meetings have been decided by five or less points.
The Cowboys enter Saturday's game with a 14-9 overall record and a 3-6 mark in the MWC. San Diego State, who is tied for second in the MWC standings, is currently 17-6 overall and 7-3 in league play.
For the Cowboys, Ewing continues to lead the MWC in both scoring and assists with 18.0 points and 5.30 assists per game. His assist average is tied for the 35th best in the nation.
Ewing is also nearing a major scoring milestone, as he is only 30 points away from scoring 2,000 career points. In the history of Cowboy basketball only two players have eclipsed the 2,000 point mark, Fennis Dembo (2,311) and Flynn Robinson (2,049). In the history of NCAA Division I basketball, only 448 players had scored 2,000 career points entering this season.
Redshirt senior Sean Ogirri is only one made three-pointer away from breaking Wyoming's single season record for made three-pointers. Ogirri is currently tied with Dembo with 78 made three-pointers this season. Dembo set the record during the 1986-87 season.
Ogirri has also been one of the best three-point shooters in the nation this season. He is currently ranked 12th in the country in made three-pointers per game with 3.39. He is also ranked 25th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, making 41.9 percent of his attempts.
San Diego State saw a four-game win streak come to an end this past Wednesday, as they fell to league leading Utah in a battle for first place.
The Aztecs, who welcome back all five starters from last season, are led by seniors Kyle Spain and Lorrenzo Wade. Spain is leading the team in both scoring and rebounds with 14.6 points and 5.2 rebounds a game. Wade is adding 14.0 points a game. Senior point-guard Richie Williams has been one of the top guards in MWC history, as he is the league's all-time leader in career steals and ranks second in career assists. This season he is averaging 2.35 steals and 3.87 assists a game.
Following Saturday's game with the Aztecs, the Cowboys will play their final six regular-season games in the Rocky Mountain region. After hosting UNLV and TCU next week, the Pokes will travel to Colorado State and Air Force. The Pokes will close out the season with a two-game homestand against BYU and New Mexico.
The Cowboys will open that final stretch on Wednesday night in the Arena-Auditorium against UNLV. The game will begin at 8 p.m. and will be televised by The Mtn.