Feb. 24, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After defending their home floor with back-to-back wins last week, the Wyoming Cowboy basketball team will return to action on Wednesday night as they travel to Colorado State for the 211th edition of "The Border War". The game, which will be televised live by The Mtn., will tip-off at 6 p.m. from Moby Arena in Fort Collins, Colo.
Prior to the game, the Cowboy Joe Club will host a pregame hospitality event at Jim's Wings in Fort Collins. Jim's Wings is located at 1205 W. Elizabeth, directly across the street from Moby Arena.
With a pair of home wins over UNLV and TCU last week, the Cowboys improved to 16-10 overall and 5-7 in the Mountain West Conference. Colorado State enters Wednesday night's game with an overall mark of 9-18 and a conference record of 4-9.
Wednesday's game will be the 211th meeting between Wyoming and Colorado State on the basketball floor. The Cowboys lead the all-time series 126-84 and have posted a 48-45 record in games played in Fort Collins.
When these two teams met earlier in the season on Jan. 24, the Cowboys came away with an 83-74 home win. The Cowboys were led by Afam Muojeke, who scored a game high 25 points. Tyson Johnson added 19, Brandon Ewing scored 18 and Sean Ogirri chipped in with 11 points. Colorado State was led by Jesse Carr's 21 points.
This Wednesday, the Cowboys will be led by the current MWC Co-Player of the Week in Ewing. In addition to scoring his 2,000th career point and recording the 100th double-figure scoring game of his career, Ewing averaged 22.5 points, 3.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals a game last week.
With 2,037 career points to date, Ewing is only 12 points away from catching Flynn Robinson for second place on Wyoming's all-time scoring list. Robinson scored 2,049 career points between 1964-65.
The Cowboy lineup also features the MWC's top-freshman in terms of scoring and rebounding. In addition to leading all MWC freshmen in both categories, Afam Muojeke has the ninth best scoring averaging in the league (14.3 ppg) and the 13th best rebounding average ( 5.0 rpg).
Ogirri has proven himself not only as one of the top three-point shooters in the MWC, but as one of the best in the nation. He currently ranks 18th in the nation in made three-pointers per game (3.15) and is 34th in three-point percentage (.415).
Johnson, who scored a game high 19 points in UW's win over TCU last Saturday, currently ranks among the MWC's best in seven different statistical categories. He is the third highest rebounder in the league (7.5 rpg) and is the 12th leading scorer (14.2 ppg).
Colorado State is led by senior guard Marcus Walker, who is averaging 16.1 points a game. Sophomore Andy Ogide is also averaging double-figures for the Rams with 10.2 points a game.
Following Wednesday's game, the Cowboys will play their final road game of the season at Air Force on Saturday, Feb. 28. The Cowboys and Falcons are set to tip-off at 4 p.m. from Clune Arena. That game will also be televised by The Mtn.