When the Cowboys and Rams Meet in Fort Collins Single-Digit Wins and Overtimes Are Common

Feb. 26, 2008


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The Wyoming Cowboys and Colorado State Rams will renew their "Border War" rivalry this week in the 208th meeting between the two archrivals in basketball. Wyoming holds a 41-game advantage in the overall series, having recorded 124 wins against 83 losses. The Cowboys enter Wednesday night's game in Fort Collins with a 10-16 overall record and a 3-10 Mountain West Conference mark. Colorado State is 6-20 this season and 0-12 in the Mountain West. The game is scheduled to tip off at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised live on The Mtn. The Cowboy Sports Radio Network pregame show will begin at 6 p.m.

The series has always been a hard fought one, but since the two schools became founding members of the Mountain West Conference in the 1999-2000 season, the games have been amazingly close. Wyoming holds a 12-7 advantage in Mountain West meetings in "The Border War." Of the 19 MWC meetings 15 have been decided by six points or less -- two possessions or less. Ten of those 19 MWC meetings have been decided by three or fewer points -- one possession or less.

It is in Fort Collins where "The Border War" series has been amazingly close since the two teams helped form the Mountain West Conference back in 1999-200. Seven of eight meetings in Fort Collins have been decided by five points or less, with six of those eight being decided by one possession or less -- three points or less. Four of the eight MWC meetings in Fort Collins have gone to overtime, with the two archrivals splitting those overtime games 2-2.

A month ago when Wyoming and Colorado State met on the basketball court, a balanced attack by the Cowboys was key to capturing a 15-point victory, 73-58, in Laramie. Wyomng was led by junior point guard Brandon Ewing, who scored 19 points and handed out five assists. He was joined by three other Cowboys in double figures. Travis Nelson scored 16 and grabbed a career high nine rebounds. Joseph Taylor had a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards, and Brad Jones scored 11, pulled down five rebounds and handed out three assists. For CSU, the backcourt of Marcus Walker and Willis Gardner scored 26 and 11, respectively, as they were the only two players in double figures for the Rams.

Sophomore center Travis Nelson enjoyed a career day last month in Wyoming's 73-58 home win over Colorado State. Nelson scored a career high 16 points and pulled down a career high nine rebounds versus CSU. He shot 63.6 percent from the field (7 of 11), was a perfect 2 of 2 from the free-throw line and blocked two shots in 25 minutes, coming off the bench.

A year ago, Brandon Ewing led the Mountain West Conference in scoring, averaging 19.9 points per game and he ranked No. 8 in the league in assists, averaging 3.06 assists per game. This season, head coach Heath Schroyer has asked Ewing to play more of a traditional point-guard role for the Cowboys and he has responded. Ewing has sacrificed a little bit of his scoring this season in order to play a more true point guard role for the Cowboys. He is averaging almost three points per game less (17.1 points per game), but he has increased his assist average by over one assist per game (4.31 assists per game). He currently ranks No. 2 in the league in scoring and No. 2 in assists. The junior is also leading the Mountain West Conference in minutes played, averaging 37.92 minutes per game.

There will be a Cowboy Joe Club hospitality on Wednesday, Feb. 27 in Fort Collins, Colo., for Cowboy fans. The hospitality will be held at Jim's Wings at 1205 West Elizabeth Street, one block west of Moby Arena. The event will take place from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. The cost for the hospitality will be $9.00 per person for a sandwich and wings bar. It will also feature a cash bar for drinks.