Cowboy Basketball Travels to The Pit to Play No. 12/15 New Mexico on Wednesday Night

Feb. 16, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowboy basketball team will face a major challenge this Wednesday night, as the Pokes will play the No. 12/15 ranked New Mexico Lobos at 7 p.m. in Albuquerque. The game will be televised nationally, in high definition, by CBS College Sports from The Pit.

The Cowboys (9-16 overall and 2-9 in the Mountain West Conference) will be looking for their first road win of the season, while also hoping to break a five-game losing streak.

New Mexico (23-3 overall, 9-2 in the MWC) enters Wednesday's game on a nine-game winning streak. The Lobos enter the week a half game ahead of BYU for first place in the MWC standings. The Lobos have spent eight weeks in the top-25 this season and moved up to No. 12/15 in this week's poll. That marks the program's highest ranking since being 12th on Jan. 18, 1999.

Earlier this season, the Cowboys welcomed New Mexico to Laramie and battled with the Lobos before falling 70-68. That game featured seven ties and 11 lead changes. The Cowboys had a chance in the final minute, trailing by three and in possession of the ball, but the Pokes were whistled for an offensive foul and New Mexico hit four free throws in the final 30 seconds.

Wyoming's Leaders: True freshman Desmar Jackson continues to shine for the Cowboys. In fact, Jackson has scored in double figures in six straight games and has averaged 17.5 points a game during that stretch. He matched a career high with 22 points against TCU last Saturday, marking his 13th double-figure scoring performance of the season. Jackson is currently the fifth best scoring freshman in the MWC with 10.0 points per game.

Sophomore Adam Waddell continues to be the Pokes leading scorer and rebounder, despite being slowed over the past few games with a sore right knee and left ankle. Waddell is currently averaging 10.2 points and 6.1 rebounds a game. He ranks No. 5 in the MWC in rebounding.

Junior Djibril Thiam has tallied back-to-back double-figure scoring performances. He led the Pokes with 15 points at San Diego State and added 10 last Saturday against TCU. On the year, Thiam is averaging 9.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game.

True freshman Amath M'Baye has played some of his best basketball over the last five games. In fact, he has averaged 9.8 points a game over that stretch. That includes a career high 14 points against TCU last Saturday.

New Mexico's Leaders: New Mexico is starting four players that average at least 11 points a game. Those Lobos include junior guard Darington Hobson (15.3 ppg), senior forward Roman Martinez (13.9 ppg), junior guard Dairese Gary (11.9 ppg) and sophomore guard Phillip McDonald (11.3 ppg). Hobson also leads the Lobos in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and in assists (4.5 apg).

Series Notes: Wednesday's game will mark the 121st meeting between Wyoming and New Mexico. Wyoming leads the all-time series 63-57. The series began on Dec. 18, 1950.

The Cowboys have posted an all-time record of 25-35 in Albuquerque. However, the Pokes have not won in The Pit since Feb. 15, 2003.

Up Next: Wyoming will continue play against the top-25 on Saturday, as the Cowboys will host No. 16/14 BYU. The Cowboys and Cougars will tip off at 4 p.m. from the Arena-Auditorium. The game will be televised live by The Mtn.