Feb. 24, 2003
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Wyoming sophomore guard Jay Straight is the Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week after leading the Cowboys to two victories last week. This is Straight's first player of the week honor of his career.
Straight shot 60 percent (15-of-25) from the field, including 11-of-14 from three-point range (78.6 percent), and averaged 23.5 points in two games last week. In Wyoming's 64-57 win at Air Force last Monday, the Chicago, Ill., native, scored a career-high 27 points and was near perfect from the floor hitting 9-of-10 field goals, including 5-for-5 from beyond the arc, and 4-of-6 free throws. With Air Force leading 47-45 with 3:35 remaining, Straight connected on two consecutive treys to give the Cowboys a 51-47 lead. He scored 12 of his 27 points in the final 5:35 of the game to help seal the victory.
Against Colorado State Saturday, Straight led the team in scoring again with 20 points as the Pokes outlasted the Rams, 62-60. He shot 40 percent from the field (6-of-15), connecting on 6-of-9 three-pointers and dished out four assists. Straight hit his first three three-point attempts of the game to extend his streak to 10 in a row over a three-game span before finally missing his next attempt.