Feb. 16, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys enter Saturday's game versus San Diego State looking for their first regular-season sweep of the Aztecs since the 2004-05 season. Wyoming brings a 13-12 overall record and a 4-7 conference mark into Saturday's contest. San Diego State is 18-7, 7-4 in the MWC. The game is scheduled to tip off from Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium at 1 p.m., Mountain Time. The game will be televised by The Mtn. (Mountain West Sports Network).
UW won the first meeting in San Diego earlier this season by a score of 66-65. Cowboy junior James Spencer hit a three-pointer with seven seconds remaining for the victory in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams.
Wyoming enters Saturday's game with a four-game losing streak -- its longest of the season. San Diego State comes to Laramie with a five-game winning streak on the season.
Saturday's matchup between the Cowboys and Aztecs will feature several of the top performers in the the Mountain West Conference, including the league's top two scorers -- Wyoming's Brandon Ewing and San Diego State's Brandon Heath. Ewing leads the league with a 19.6 point-per-game average. Heath is close behind, averaging 18.5 points per game. In addition, Wyoming's Brad Jones ranks No. 5 in the MWC (16.9 points per game), and San Diego State's Mohamed Abukar ranks No. 9 (15.6 points per game).
Also four of the Top 10 assist men in the conference will be featured. SDSU's Richie Williams leads the MWC, handing out 4.6 assists per game. Jones is fourth (4.4 apg), Heath is sixth (3.6 apg) and Ewing ranks 10th (2.8 apg).
Ewing enters Saturday's game versus San Diego State with 894 career points. He needs only six points to reach the 900-point plateau for his career. Ewing has scored 471 points this season, and scored 423 as a true freshman in the 2005-06 campaign. The Chicago native is averaging 16.0 points per game for his career at Wyoming. He is averaging 19.6 this season, and averaged 13.2 as a freshman last season. Senior center Daaron Brown's availability for Saturday's game will be a gametime decision. He suffered a sprained left ankle in the Colorado State game on Wednesday, Jan. 24. That ankle sprain has caused him to miss the last five consecutive games for the Cowboys. UW has won one game and lost four since Brown went down with the injury.
Junior forward Joseph Taylor will return to the court for the Wyoming Cowboys this Saturday. Taylor was suspended indefinitely by Wyoming head coach Steve McClain following Taylor's involvement in a fight versus New Mexico on Jan. 30. Taylor has missed the last three games for the Cowboys. He will also miss the final regular-season game of the season versus New Mexico due to a suspension penalty imposed on him by the Mountain West Conference.
The Cowboys Sports Network will broadcast the game on radio beginning Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on the 25 affiliate stations of CSN.
Wyoming will host the Utah Utes on Wednesday, Feb. 21 in a 6 p.m. start.