LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Saturday’s 225th Border War between the University of Wyoming men’s basketball team and Colorado State will feature two of the top three-point shooting teams in the Mountain West. The Cowboys (12-15, 5-9 MW) pace the conference in three-point percentage and in triples per game, while the Rams (14-12, 6-7 MW) are third and second, respectively. Both squads rank in the top 25 in the nation in threes per game. Individually, UW’s Jason McManamen and CSU’s Antwan Scott are the top two shooters in the MW from deep. Tip is set for 2 p.m. MT in Moby Arena.
Fans can follow live stats, audio and Mountain West Network video through the gameday central page on GoWYO.com. The contest will also be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network.
A Look at the Matchup
The Pokes and head coach Larry Shyatt are ninth in the league standings at 12-15 overall and 5-9 in the conference after a 79-75 home loss to Fresno State last Wednesday. The Cowboys trailed by 18 with 12 minutes left in the game, but would fight back to pull within one with just under two minutes remaining. That would be as close at the Pokes could get, though, as the Bulldogs responded with a three and quickly pushed the lead back to nine. Wyoming shot 47 percent (28-of-60) from the field and 38 percent (14-of-37) beyond the arc, but made a season-low 46 percent (5-of-11) at the free-throw line. The 60 field-goal attempts tied a season high, while five free throws made were a season low and 11 attempts were its second fewest. Fresno State connected on 55 percent (26-of-47) from the field and a blistering 68 percent (15-of-22), as the Bulldogs’ 15 made triples were third in the building’s history. Both percentages marked season highs for a Cowboy foe. On the season, Wyoming averages 70.1 points on 43 percent from the field and 37 percent from deep. The Cowboys rank first in the conference and 54th nationally beyond the arc, while their 9.8 triples per game are first in the MW and 12th in the NCAA. Their 72 percent at the free-throw line is fifth in the league and 85th in the nation. The Pokes turn the ball over just 11.4 times per game, good for first in the MW and 49th in the NCAA. Defensively, Wyoming allows 71.4 points on 44 and 35 percent, respectively. Wyoming’s 18.4 fouls per game are third in the conference and 101st nationally.
Head coach Larry Eustachy and Colorado State enter with a 14-12 overall record, including 6-7 in the conference, for sixth in the MW standings. Most recently, the Rams lost a 72-59 game at Utah State last Wednesday. CSU trailed by two at the break and took a quick lead from a three on the first possession of the second half, but that would be the only triple that CSU would hit in the period. The Rams shot just 9-of-36 from field and 1-of-16 from three in second half, scoring just 24 points. For the game, Colorado State finished at 33 percent (20-of-61) from the field and just 26 percent (8-of-31) from three. Utah State was 48 percent (27-of-56) and 39 percent (9-of-23), respectively. CSU did win the boards 43-35, but the Aggies outscored the Rams 17-7 off turnovers. On the season, Colorado State’s 80.2 points per game pace the MW and rank 29th in the NCAA, as the Rams shoot 43 percent from the field and 37 percent beyond the arc. Their three-point percentage is third in the conference and 75th nationally, while their 9.5 triples per game are second and 21st, respectively. CSU makes 72 percent at the free-throw line for third in the MW and 81st in the NCAA. Defensively, the Rams allow a league-worst 77.7 points per game, as opponents shoot 45 percent from the field and 36 percent from deep. CSU’s plus 5.1 rebounding margin is second in the MW and 44th in the nation.
Each Team’s Leaders
Junior guard Jason McManamen continued a torrid streak beyond the arc with 28 points, including eight triples, against Fresno State last Wednesday. The eight threes ranked second in Cowboy single-game history and third in Arena-Auditorium history. His 45 percent from deep and 3.0 threes per game both lead the MW and rank 14th and 27th, respectively, in the nation, as he has made 26 triples over the last five games. His 13.8 points per game are 12th in the league, while senior guard Josh Adams’ 24.0 points are first in the MW and fifth in the nation. Adams had 16 points versus the Bulldogs, but tied career highs with eight assists and four steals. He ranks in the top 10 of 11 MW statistical categories, including second in threes per game at 2.9, sixth in three-point percentage at 36 and second in assists per game at 4.1. His threes per game are also 40th in the nation. Sophomore forward Alan Herndon is Wyoming’s inside presence at 7.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He had five points and four rebounds versus Fresno State. Sophomores Jeremy Lieberman and Jonathan Barnes were UW’s other starters against the Bulldogs. Lieberman has started the last 12 games.
Redshirt senior guard Antwan Scott leads the way for the Rams at 16.4 points per game, good for sixth in the MW. He had a team-high 18 points against the Aggies and added six rebounds. His 43 percent from deep on the season is second in the league and 33rd nationally, while his 2.9 triples per game are second and 40th, respectively. Redshirt junior guard John Gillon also averages in double figures at 12.3 points and a team-high 3.8 assists per game. He ranks seventh in the conference in assists, while his 90 percent at the free-throw line is first in the MW and ninth in the NCAA. He came off the bench against the Aggies for 14 points. Junior forward Emmanuel Omogbo and redshirt senior forward Tiel Daniels combined for 17 boards at Utah State and are sixth and eighth in the MW at 7.5 and 7.1 rebounds per game.
About the Series
The Cowboys own a 132-92 lead on the Rams in the all-time series, including 20-16 in MW play, but are 52-55 in Fort Collins. Wyoming has been victorious in the last four meetings, though, for its longest winning streak in the series since 2002-03. The last meeting between the two was an 83-76 Wyoming win on Jan. 30 in Laramie. Adams had 28 points, four rebounds and four assists, while McManamen added 19 points and five triples.
Wyoming hosts San Diego State on Wednesday at 8 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or online at GoWYO.com.