Feb. 17, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After playing six of their first 10 Mountain West Conference games on the road, the Wyoming Cowboys will open a friendly final stretch of the season by hosting the UNLV Runnin' Rebels on Wednesday night in the Arena-Auditorium. The Cowboys and Runnin' Rebels will tip-off at 8 p.m. in a game televised live by The Mtn.
Beginning with home games this week against UNLV on Wednesday and TCU on Saturday, the Cowboys will play four of their final six games at home. All six of their final games will be played in the Rocky Mountain region, as UW's only road games are at Colorado State and Air Force next week.
The Cowboys enter Wednesday night's game with a 14-10 overall record and a 3-7 mark in the MWC. UNLV is currently 19-6 overall and 7-4 in league play.
The Cowboys fell to the Runnin' Rebels earlier this season in Las Vegas by a score of 83-66 on Jan. 17. Sean Ogirri led the Cowboys with a game high 21 points, which came on seven made three-pointers. Tyson Johnson and Afam Muojeke each added 14 points for the Cowboys. UNLV was led by Wink Adams, who scored 20 points on the night.
Ewing is on the cusp of a major scoring milestone, as he is nearing 2,000 career points. In fact, Ewing needs only eight points to become just the third Cowboy to ever score 2,000 career points. Fennis Dembo (2,311 career points) and Flynn Robinson (2,049 career points) are the only other Cowboys in the 2,000-point club. In the history of NCAA Division I basketball, only 448 players had scored 2,000 career points entering this season.
Ewing also leads the MWC in both scoring and assists with 18.2 points and 5.17 assists per game. His assist average is the 39th highest in the nation.
Ogirri broke a major record in UW's game at San Diego State last Saturday night, as he became UW's single-season three-point record holder. By making his 79th three pointer of the season, Ogirri broke Fennis Dembo's record of 78 made three-pointers in a season, which he accomplished during the 1986-87 season. In all, Dembo's record stood for 21 seasons.
With that record, Ogirri has been one of the best three-point shooters in the nation this season. He is currently ranked 14th in the country in made three-pointers per game with 3.29 and 26th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, making 41.8 percent of his attempts.
Senior Wink Adams has led UNLV in scoring during his senior season with an average of 14.2 points per game. Adams has been one of the top-players in MWC history, as he ranks third in career steals (203) and fourth in career points (1,772). Sophomore Tre'Von Willis and senior Rene Rougeau are both averaging double-figures in scoring, with 11.5 and 10.7 points respectively. UNLV is coached by Lon Kruger, who is 110-48 (.696) is his five seasons with the Runnin' Rebels.
Following Wednesday night's game, the Cowboys will remain at home and host TCU at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21. That game will also be televised by The Mtn.