Feb. 17, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
On Saturday one of the great rivalries in the Mountain West Conference renews for the 163rd time when the Wyoming Cowboys host the Brigham Young Cougars in a 3 p.m., Mountain Time, game from Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium.
The Cowboys enter the game 12-13 overall and 5-7 in the MWC. UW is tied with Utah for sixth place in the nine-team Mountain West Conference. BYU is 15-7 overall, 7-4 in conference play. The Cougars are tied for third place in the conference race with UNLV.
Wyoming returns home after two heart-breaking road losses last week. UW lost by one point (61-62) at Air Force on Saturday, Feb. 11, and lost by two points (45-47) at New Mexico this past Wednesday.
Earlier this season in the first meeting of the year between UW and BYU, Wyoming held a 38-36 halftime lead in Provo before falling by a final score of 67-80. The last time the two teams played in Laramie was on Jan. 17, 2005. Wyoming won that meeting by 12 points, 83-71.
Cowboy freshman guard Brandon Ewing will enter Saturday's game needing only eight points to break the Mountain West Conference freshman scoring record in conference games. Ewing has scored 175 points versus conference opponents this season. He is chasing the record of former Utah Ute Andrew Bogut, who scored 182 points in conference play as a freshman in the 2003-04 season. Ewing is averaging 14.6 points per game against conference opponents to rank No. 6 in the conference in scoring. He is the leading scorer among all MWC freshmen this season.
Another outstanding freshman will be featured for the BYU Cougars on Saturday. Forward Trent Plaisted leads BYU in scoring this season. In conference action, he is averaging 13.5 points per game, and is tied for 13th place in the MWC in scoring.
Saturday's game will be televised live by SportsWest TV and will be carried in the state of Wyoming by KTWO-TV of Casper, Wyo.
The game will also be broadcast on the radio over the 25-station Cowboy Sports Network. The CSN radio broadcast will begin at 2:30 p.m., Mountain Time -- one-half hour before tipoff.
Following Saturday's meeting with BYU, the Cowboys will have a week off before hosting archrival Colorado State on Saturday, Feb. 25 in an 8 p.m. game to be televised live on ESPN2.