Cowboy Basketball Opens Stretch Run of the Season by Hosting Air Force

Feb. 22, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. -


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    After being idle this past weekend with a bye, the Wyoming Cowboy basketball team will begin the final stretch of the 2010-11 season on Wednesday night by hosting the Air Force Academy Falcons. The game will begin at 8 p.m. (MT) in the Arena-Auditorium and will be televised by The Mtn.

    The Cowboys will begin a four-game stretch on Wednesday that will take the team into the 2011 Mountain West Conference Championships, which begins in two weeks in Las Vegas, Nev.

    A Look at the Matchup with Air Force:
    After dropping a close road game at Utah last Wednesday, Wyoming fell to 9-17 overall and 2-10 in the MWC. The Cowboys are 9-6 at home this season and are 2-4 at home in league games.

    Air Force is in the midst of a three-game losing streak. The Falcons will enter Wednesday with a 13-12 overall record and a 4-8 MWC mark. They are 3-7 on the road this season and are 2-4 in league road games.

    Air Force won the first meeting of the season, 72-51, on Jan. 22 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Each Team's Leaders:
    A pair of super sophomores have led the Cowboys during their past few games--Desmar Jackson and Amath M'Baye. Among all underclassmen in the MWC, Jackson is ranked as the second best scorer (15.2 ppg) and the fourth best rebounder (5.0 rpg), while M'Baye is the seventh best scorer (11.2 ppg) and the third best rebounder (5.6 rpg).

    M'Baye has been especially hot for the Cowboys, as he has averaged 18.0 points a game over UW's last three contests. He has scored in double figures in eight of the Cowboys' last 10 games and posted his second career double-double last Wednesday at Utah.

    Air Force has a balanced scoring attack that features four players who are averaging at least 8.0 points a game. The team's leading scorer is sophomore guard Michael Lyons with a 12.8 points per game average. He is followed closely by senior forward Tow Fow, who is averaging 12.2 points a game. Air Force's leading rebounder and assist man is senior guard Evan Washington (4.7 rpg and 4.0 apg).

    Cowboys and Falcons Meet for the 102nd Time:
    Wednesday's game will mark the 102nd meeting between Wyoming and Air Force on the basketball floor. The series has seen at least one meeting in each of the past 54 seasons. Wyoming leads the series 71-30 (.703) and in games played in Laramie, the Cowboys are 37-11 (.771) all time.

    Since the beginning of the MWC, Wyoming leads the series 15-12 (.556). The Pokes have won 33 of the last 45 overall meetings and 19 of the last 22 games played in Laramie.

    On the Horizon:
    After hosting Air Force on Wednesday, the Cowboys will travel to UNLV for a Saturday night game in the Thomas & Mack Center. In the final week of the regular season, the Cowboys will play both of the top ranked teams in the league. They will host No. 6/4 San Diego State on Tue., March 1 before traveling to No. 7 BYU on Sat., March 5. The MWC Championships will begin on Wed., March 9 in Las Vegas.

    Tickets to the Game and Special Promotions:
    Tickets to all Wyoming Cowboy basketball games can be purchased online at www.WyomingAthletics.com or by calling the UW Athletics Ticket Office at 1-877-WYO-FAN1 (1-877-996-3261) or 307-766-4850.

    Also watch for special single-game ticket promotions at WyomingAthletics.com throughout the 2010-11 season.

    Wednesday's game with Air Force will feature a "Pair Up with the Pokes" promotion. For only $28, fans can get two tickets to the game, two Pepsis, two hot dogs and two t-shirts.