Feb. 24, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
It is the longest series for both the Wyoming Cowboys and Colorado State Rams - the "Border War" rivalry will take place for the 202nd time in basketball when the Cowboys and Rams play Saturday in Fort Collins, Colo. Wyoming leads the overall series 121-80. In games played in Fort Collins, Wyoming holds a 46-43 advantage. The game is scheduled to tip off at 7:00 p.m., Mountain Time.
The Cowboys have won three of the last four meetings in Fort Collins. In recent history, 40 minutes hasn't been enough to decide the games played between the two rivals in Fort Collins. Three of the last four meetings in Fort Collins have gone to overtime, including last year's contest which was won by CSU 75-74. Wyoming had won the previous two overtime games at CSU - 72-69 in 2002 and 70-69 in 2001. Wyoming also won the only game not to go to overtime in the last four trips to Fort Collins - a 79-77 victory in 2003 in Moby Arena.
Going back to the 1997-98 season, four of the seven meetings at CSU have gone to overtime. Wyoming won three of those four overtime meetings. Even when the games in Fort Collins have been decided in regulation, they have all been close. Since the 1997-98 season, the seven games played in Moby Arena have been decided by and average of just three points. The margin of victory in each of the last seven games in Moby Arena breaks down as follows:
Date, Result, Score, Margin of Victory
Feb. 21, 1998, Wyoming win, 69-64 (overtime), +5
Jan. 23, 1999, Colorado State win, 83-91, -8
March 4, 2000, Colorado State win, 78-79, -1
Jan. 13, 2001, Wyoming win, 70-69 (overtime), +1
Feb. 9, 2002, Wyoming win, 72-69 (overtime), +3
Jan. 25, 2003, Wyoming win, 79-77, +2
Jan. 31, 2004, Colorado State win, 74-75 (overtime), -1
Two of the greatest players in the history of the Mountain West Conference will face off for the last time on Saturday. Senior point guard Jay Straight of Wyoming and senior center Matt Nelson of Colorado State are both natives of Chicago, Ill. Straight played at Dunbar High School. Nelson played at Niles North. Straight is the all-time leader in assists in Mountain West Conference history with 439 career assists in his four-year career. He enters Saturday's game tied with former BYU Cougar Matt Montague (1999-2002). Straight ranks fifth in MWC history in career scoring, with 1,483 career points. Nelson ranks third in MWC history in scoring, with 1,577 career points.
Saturday's game will be televised by Fox Sports Rocky Mountain. The game will also be broadcast by the Cowboy Sports (Radio) Network. The radio broadcast begins one-half hour before tip off.