Cowboys Travel to Utah and Look to Build on Recent Momentum

Feb. 15, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. -


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    After posting a nice win over TCU this past Saturday, the Wyoming Cowboy basketball team will look to build off of that momentum when they travel to Utah for a Wednesday night game in the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m. (Mountain Time) and will be televised by CBS College Sports.

    A Look at the Matchup with Utah:
    After breaking an eight-game losing streak with a 77-67 win over TCU this past Saturday, the Cowboys will enter Wednesday's game with a 9-16 overall record and a 2-9 mark in the Mountain West Conference. Utah, who is currently 10-15 overall and 3-8 in the conference, has lost five straight games. This game will have postseason implications, as a Wyoming win would put the Cowboys in a tie with Utah seventh place in the MWC. Utah won the first meeting of the season, 68-51, on Jan. 15 in Laramie.

    Each Team's Leaders:
    Sophomore Desmar Jackson, who posted his first career double-double last Saturday, has been the Cowboys most consistent player this season. He is ranked among the best scorers, rebounders and steal artists in the MWC. He ranks fifth in the league in scoring (15.1 ppg), is 12th in rebounding (5.0 rpg) and ranks second in steals (2.21 spg). He is one of only three players to rank in all three statistical categories.

    Fellow sophomore Amath M'Baye has been played extremely well for the Cowboys over the past few games. He has scored in double figures in seven of UW's last nine games and scored a career-high 21 points against TCU. M'Baye ranks No. 19 in the MWC in scoring (11.1 ppg), is the MWC's ninth best rebounder (5.4 rpg) and is tied for seventh in the league in blocked shots (0.8 bpg).

    Utah is led by junior guard Will Clyburn, who ranks second in the MWC in both scoring and rebounding. He is averaging 18.3 points and 8.4 rebounds a game. Junior Josh Watkins is also scoring in double figures with a 14.0 points per game average. Freshman J.J. O'Brien leads the Runnin' Utes in rebounding with 5.2 per game.

    Cowboys and Runnin' Utes Meet for the 170th Time:
    Wednesday's game will mark the 170th meeting between Wyoming and Utah on the basketball floor. Utah leads the series 94-75. The home team has dominated the series recently, as Wyoming has won 11 of the last 16 meetings in Laramie and Utah has won 13 of the last 15 games in Salt Lake City. In games played in Utah, the Cowboys are 23-58 all-time.

    On the Horizon:
    After this trip to Utah, the Cowboys will enjoy their second bye of the MWC season this coming weekend. They will return to action on Wed., Feb. 23 when they welcome Air Force to the Arena-Auditorium.