Wyoming Hosts San Diego State on ESPN Big Monday

Feb. 21, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowboys will host the San Diego State Aztecs on Monday night in a nationally-televised game on ESPN's Big Monday. It will be the final regular-season home game of the season for Wyoming, and will be the last home game for four Cowboy seniors. The game is scheduled to tip off at 10:00 p.m., Mountain Time.

Alex Dunn, Dion Sherrell, Jay Straight and Jerry Webb have enjoyed an outstanding senior season, leading a team picked to finish last in the Mountain West Conference to a current fourth-place showing.

Dunn and Straight were part of Wyoming's 2001-02 team that advanced to the Second Round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament. They also were key contributors on UW's 2002-03 squad that advanced to the Second Round of the 2003 National Invitation Tournament.

Sherrell and Webb have both earned starting spots during their two-year Cowboy careers. The two junior-college transfers both rank among the league leaders this season. Sherrell ranks in the Top 15 individuals in the MWC in scoring, free-throw shooting and three-point shooting. Webb is ranked among the Top 20 rebounders in the conference.

The four seniors will be honored Monday, prior to the start of the San Diego State game.

Wyoming (14-10, 6-5 in the Mountain West Conference) and SDSU (10-13, 4-6 in the MWC) played an extremely close game in San Diego earlier this season. Wyoming was able to come away with the road win in overtime by a score of 88-81. The closeness of the series is evident in that over the last 26 games each team has won 13 times. Wyoming leads the MWC series with eight wins against five losses.

UW will be battling to get back into third place in the conference race on Monday. A Wyoming win combined with a New Mexico loss to league leading Utah in a matchup in Albuquerque on Monday could move the Cowboys back into third place. The race for second, third and fourth place in the MWC is so close that Wyoming could actually move up to second place if its wins and both New Mexico (6-4 in the MWC) and Air Force (6-4 in the MWC) lose Monday. Air Force is hosting Brigham Young.

Wyoming senior point guard Jay Straight needs only seven more assists to break the Mountain West Conference career assist record. Straight enters Monday's game with 433 assists in his four-year career. He is chasing BYU's Matt Montague, who handed out 439 career assists from 1999-2002. Straight needs only two assists to move into the No. 2 position in career assists in Wyoming school history. He trails his former teammate Chris McMillian (434 assists from 1999-2003) and Sean Dent (502 assists from 1984-88).

As with all Cowboy Basketball games, Monday's meeting with SDSU will be broadcast on the Cowboy Sports Radio Network beginning one-half hour before gametime.