Feb. 14, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Wyoming guard Jay Straight was named Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the third time in his career.
A 5-11 guard from Chicago, Ill., Straight led the Cowboys to conference wins over New Mexico (81-71) and BYU (59-58) last week. He scored 24 points, handed out 12 assists (a career-high vs. a conference opponent) and had a career-best four steals against the Lobos. There have been five points-assists double doubles in the MWC this season and Straight has two of them. With the Cowboys trailing UNM 70-71, Straight had a hand in nine of the Pokes last 11 points to seal the victory. He followed with a 23 point, five assist effort vs. the Cougars. For the second straight game, Straight was clutch down the stretch, scoring five of the last six points for the Cowboys, helping them to their first win in Provo and first season sweep of BYU since the 1996-97 season.
For the week, Straight averaged 23.5 points, 8.5 assists. 2.5 steals and 2.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 45.5 percent (15-of-33) from the field, 40.0 percent (6-of-15) from three-point range and 84.6 percent (11-of-13) from the free-throw line. With two wins last week, Wyoming has sole possession of third place entering this week.