2000-2001 Cowboy Basketball Informational Press Release and Game Notes

Feb. 20, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowboys (2000-01 Record:16-7, 7-3 in the MWC)

Game No. 24: Sat., Feb. 24, 2001,Laramie, Wyo., 4:00 p.m., M.T.vs. The Air Force Falcons (7-17,2-8 in the Mountain West Conference)

Game No. 25: Mon., Feb. 26, 2001,Laramie, Wyo., 10:00 p.m., M.T.vs. The New Mexico Lobos (16-8,5-5 in the Mountain West)(Prior to a Game at Colorado Stateon Sat., Feb. 24, 2001)To Be Televised on ESPN Big Monday

Wyoming Cowboys' Season CapsuleWyoming's 2000-01 Record: 16-7 (.696)Wyoming's 2000-01 MWC Record: 7-3 (.700) in the MWCLast Time Out for Wyoming: Wyoming lost to Creighton 72-84 on Feb. 17, 2001, in Omaha, Neb.Current Win/Loss Streak: Lost 2UW Head Coach (Alma Mater): Steve McClain(Chadron St.'84)McClain's Overall Record: 53-29 (.646), 3rd seasonMcClain's Record at Wyoming: SameLetterwinners Returning/Lost: 5/9Starters Returning/Lost: 4/2 (Including one from 98-99)1999-00 Record: 19-12, 8-6 T4th in MWC1999-00 Postseason: Defeated Colorado State 74-68 in the MWC Tournament Lost at UNLV 92-97 in the MWC Tournament

UW Series Record vs. AFA: Wyoming leads 58-19UW Record versus in Laramie: Wyoming leads 31-8UW Record versus on the Road: Wyoming leads 27-11UW Record versus at Neutral Sites: Tied at 0-0Last Meeting versus: Wyoming defeated Air Force 71-56 in Colorado Springs on Jan. 27, 2001

UW Series Record vs. New Mexico: Wyoming leads 54-47UW Record versus in Laramie: Wyoming leads 30-18UW Record versus on the Road: Wyoming trails 22-28UW Record versus at Neutral Sites: Wyoming leads 2-1Last Meeting versus:Wyoming defeated New Mexico 82-78 in Albuquerque, N.M.on Jan. 29, 2001

Air Force Falcons' Season Capsule2000-01 Record: 7-17 (.292)2000-01 Conference Record: 2-8 (.200) in the MountainWest ConferenceLast Time Out: Air Force lost to San Diego State 48-62 on Feb. 19, 2001, in Colorado Springs, Colo.University Location: Colorado Springs, Colo.Current Win/Loss Streak: Lost 2Head Coach (Alma Mater): Joe Scott (Princeton '87)Coach's Overall Record: 7-17 (.292), 1st seasonCoach's Record at School: SameLettermen Returning/Lost: 7/6Starters Returning/Lost: 3/21999-00 Record: 8-20, 4-10 7th in the MWC1999-00 Postseason: Lost to Utah 65-74 in the MWC TournamentGames Prior to Playing Wyoming: None

New Mexico Lobos' Season Capsule2000-01 Record: 16-8 (.667)2000-01 Conference Record: 5-5 (.500) in the Mountain West ConferenceLast Time Out: New Mexico defeated UNLV 75-56 on Feb. 19, 2001, in Albuquerque, N.M.University Location: Albuquerque, N.M.Current Win/Loss Streak: Won 3Head Coach (Alma Mater): Fran Fraschilla(Brooklyn College'80)Coach's Overall Record: 154-81 (.655), 8th seasonCoach's Record at School: 34-22 (.607), 2nd seasonLettermen Returning/Lost: 4/6Starters Returning/Lost: 1/41999-00 Record: 18-14, 9-5 3rd in the MWC1999-00 Postseason: Lost to BYU 43-55 in the MWC Tournament Defeated South Florida 64-58 in the NIT Lost at Wake Forest 65-72 in the NITGames Prior to Playing Wyoming: Sat., Feb. 24, at Colorado State

Front Range Rivals Wyoming and Air Force Will Meet for the 78th Time ThisSaturday: The series dates back to Jan. 25, 1958, and for every seasonsince -- 44 consecutive seasons -- the Wyoming Cowboys and Air Force Falconshave played each other in basketball.

Wyoming leads the overall series 58-19. In contests played inLaramie, UW holds a 31-8 lead. The last time Air Force won in Laramie wasJan. 21, 1989, winning by a score of 58-55. The Pokes have won the last 12straight at home.

Cowboys and Lobos to be Featured on ESPN Big Monday: The Wyoming Cowboysand New Mexico Lobos will be featured on ESPN Big Monday, Monday, Feb. 26 at10 p.m., Mountain time.

Bob Carpenter will describe the play-by-play action. He will bejoined by Jimmy Dykes, who will add color analysis.

The Cowboys defeated the Lobos earlier this season in "The Pit" inAlbuquerque, N.M., by a score of 82-78 on Monday, Jan. 29.

Bringing Down the House -- Record Crowd 15,456 Cheers Pokes to Victory OverCSU: In a season of great crowds, it was only fitting that the 2000-01season would see a single-game record crowd in the Arena-Auditorium. OnSaturday, Feb. 10, a crowd of 15,456 cheered the Wyoming Cowboys to a 72-70victory over archrival Colorado State.

The previous record crowd for the Double A was 15,218 versus BrighamYoung on Jan. 21, 1995.

The crowd of 15,456 was the fourth crowd of the season over 10,000in the Arena-Auditorium. UW has not had four crowds over 10,000 in the sameseason since the 1990-91 campaign saw five crowds over 10,000. Wyoming hastwo home dates remaining for the '00-'01 season -- versus Air Force onSaturday, Feb. 24 and versus New Mexico on Monday, Feb. 26.

The attendance this season is made even more amazing when youconsider the total enrollment of the University of Wyoming is 11,057 and thepopulation of Laramie is approximately 27,000.

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