Pokes Looking to Defeat UNLV in Laramie for the Second Straight Year on Saturday

Feb. 22, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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This Saturday, the Wyoming Cowboys will be looking to defeat the UNLV Runnin' Rebels in Laramie for the second consecutive season. A year ago, Wyoming defeated the Rebels 86-76, in one overtime, in Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium. The Cowboys and Runnin' Rebels will tip it up at 2:30 p.m., Mountain Time on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Although they lost by seven points, 71-78, a month ago in Las Vegas to the Rebels, that game may have been one of the best road games played by the Cowboys this season. Wyoming led by eight points (40-32) at halftime and shot better from the field (45.6 percent to 36.9 percent) and from three-point range (32.1 percent to 28.0 percent) than did UNLV. Wyoming also out-rebounded UNLV by a +15 (45 to 30). The Pokes shot nearly as well from the FT line as did UNLV (83.3% to 88.5%), however, Wyoming only got to the free-throw line 12 times, making 10, while UNLV made 26 trips to the free-throw line, making 23. Another area Wyoming didn't perform as well as the Rebels was turnovers, committing 18 turnovers to UNLV's two.

The first meeting of the season between the Cowboys and Runnin' Rebels showcased two of the top individual performances of the 2007-08 season in the Mountain West Conference. Wyoming junior guard Brandon Ewing scored a season high 26 points and grabbed a season high nine rebounds. He shot 52.9 percent (9 of 17) from the field, 46.2 percent (6 of 13) from three and was a perfect 2 of 2 from the free-throw line. UNLV junior guard Wink Adams scored a career high 33 points and pulled down four rebounds. He shot 42.9 percent (9 of 21) from the field, 57.1 percent (4 of 7) from three and 91.7 percent (11 of 12) from the free-throw line.

Junior forward Tyson Johnson seems to get better with each game he plays as a Wyoming Cowboy. In his most recent game last Tuesday versus San Diego State, Johnson scored a career high 18 points, while grabbing six rebounds in 28 minutes of action. Over the past month of the season, beginning with Wyoming's 69-64 road victory at Utah on Jan. 30, Johnson has been extremely productive. Entering the Utah game on Jan. 30, he was averaging 2.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 10.4 minutes per game. He was shooting only 40.0 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from the free-throw line. Beginning with the Utah game, Johnson has scored in double figures in six of his last seven games. He has averaged 11.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 26.5 minutes over that seven-game stretch. Johnson has shot 54.4 percent from the field (31 of 57) over that time period, and has made 71.4 percent of his free throws (15 of 21) during those seven games.

Saturday's Wyoming-UNLV game will be televised live by The Mtn. The Cowboy Sports Network radio broadcast will begin at 2 p.m. with the pregame show.