Feb. 16, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys (2000-01 Record:16-6, 7-3 in the MWC)
Game No. 23: Sat., Feb. 17, 2001,Omaha, Neb., 10:00 a.m., M.T. vs.The Creighton Bluejays (19-6,11-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference)Wyoming vs. Creighton Will beTelevised on ESPN
Cowboys 16-6 Record Establishes the Best Start in McClain Era: Wyoming's16-6 record this season is the best start by a Steve McClain team atWyoming. In McClain's first season (1998-99), Wyoming started out 14-8.Last season (1999-2000), the Cowboys were 13-9 through 22 games.
McClain's '98-'99 squad won its 23rd game of the season to go to15-8. A year ago, Wyoming lost its 23rd game for a 13-10 start.
In Case You Missed It:
*Wyoming is 10-0 in Saturday games this season, entering thisSaturday's game against Creighton. UW is 5-0 in home games on Saturday, 4-0in away Saturday contests and 1-0 in neutral-site Saturday games.
*Junior Ronell Mingo scored a career high 18 points on Thursday,Feb. 15 against Brigham Young.
*Junior Paris Corner tied a career high with 14 points on Thursdayvs. the BYU Cougars.
*Against BYU this past Thursday night, the Wyoming bench scored 35of Wyoming's 63 total points or 55.6 percent.
*Wyoming's crowd of 15,456 on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001, was a newArena-Auditorium record. The previous record was 15,218 on Jan. 21, 1995,against BYU.
*The Cowboys have now had four home crowds over 10,000 this season,including the largest in school history -- 15,456 vs. CSU on Feb. 10, 2001.That record crowd followed crowds of 10,191 vs. San Diego State on Saturday,Feb. 3, 10,008 vs. BYU on Monday, Jan. 22, and 13,313 vs. Utah on Saturday,Jan. 20. It marks the first time Wyoming has had four home crowds of over10,000 since the 1990-91 season.
*Marcus Bailey's 20 points versus Colorado State last Saturdaymarked the ninth 20-point game for Bailey this season.
*Uche Nsonwu-Amadi's 12 points and 12 rebounds versus CSU marked hisfifth double-double of the season.
*Josh Davis' 28 points against UNLV on Monday, Feb. 5 was a careerhigh in scoring for the junior. He also had 14 rebounds against UNLV forhis sixth double-double of the year (22nd of his career).
*Chris McMillian recorded his first career double-double when hescored 10 points and handed out 10 assists against Colorado State on Feb.10.
*Wyoming is 15-3 when scoring 70 or more points this season.
Wyoming Cowboys' Season CapsuleWyoming's 2000-01 Record: 16-6 (.727)Wyoming's 2000-01 MWC Record: 7-3 (.700) in the MWCLast Time Out for Wyoming: Wyoming lost Brigham Young 63-79 on Feb. 15, 2001, in Provo, UtahCurrent Win/Loss Streak: Lost 1UW Head Coach (Alma Mater): Steve McClain(Chadron St.'84)McClain's Overall Record: 53-28 (.654), 3rd seasonMcClain's Record at Wyoming: SameLetterwinners Returning/Lost: 5/9Starters Returning/Lost: 4/2 (Including one from 98-99)1999-00 Record: 19-12, 8-6 T4th in MWC1999-00 Postseason: Defeated Colorado State 74-68 in the MWC Tournament Lost at UNLV 92-97 in the MWC Tournament
UW Series Record vs. Creighton: Wyoming leads 8-4UW Record vs. CU in Laramie: Wyoming leads 4-0UW Record vs. CU in Omaha: Wyoming trails 3-4UW Record vs. CU at Neutral Sites: Wyoming leads 1-0Last Meeting versus: Wyoming defeated Creighton 78-74 in Laramie, Wyo. on Dec. 1, 2000
Creighton Bluejays' Season Capsule2000-01 Record: 19-6 (.760)2000-01 Conference Record: 11-4 (.733) in the Missouri Valley ConferenceLast Time Out: Creighton defeated Bradley 74-60 on Feb. 14, 2001, in Omaha, Neb.University Location: Omaha, Neb.Current Win/Loss Streak: Won 6Head Coach (Alma Mater): Dana Altman (E. New Mexico '80)Coach's Overall Record: 201-151 (.571), 12th seasonCoach's Record at School: 118-84 (.584), 7th seasonLettermen Returning/Lost: 9/4Starters Returning/Lost: 3/21999-00 Record: 23-10, 11-7 4th in Missouri Valley1999-00 Postseason: Defeated Southwest Missouri State 57-45 in theChampionship Game of the Missouri Valley Tournament Lost to Auburn 69-72 in the First Round of the NCAA TournamentGames Prior to Playing Wyoming: None
Corner and Mingo Both Coming Off Best Performances as Cowboys: Wyomingjuniors Ronell Mingo and Paris Corner are both coming off the bestperformances of their careers as the enter today's game at Creighton.
Mingo scored a career high 18 points at BYU. His previoushigh was 15 versus UC Riverside on Nov. 18, 2000.
Corner tied career highs in points (14 points) and rebounds(five rebounds) while playing a career best 27 minutes this past Thursday atBrigham Young.
Corner's previous career high came against Wichita State onDec. 30, 2000, when he also scored 14 points. He grabbed five rebounds onFeb. 3, 2001, vs. San Diego State for his previous best rebounding game.
Cowboys and Bluejays Meet for Second Time This Season, 13th Time Overall:They aren't in the same conference, but the Wyoming Cowboys and CreightonBluejays are playing a two-game home-and-away series this season.
Wyoming won the first meeting in Laramie, Wyo., on Dec. 1 by a scoreof 78-74.
The two teams will be meeting for the 13th time in the two school'shistories, with Wyoming holding an 8-4 advantage.
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