LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wednesday will be the final chance for fans of the University of Wyoming men’s basketball team to see one of the most prolific scorers in program history play in the Arena-Auditorium. The Cowboys (13-17, 6-11 MW) host San Jose State (8-20, 3-13 MW) for Senior Night, but it will really be Josh Adams Night. Wyoming’s lone senior this season has written his name all over Wyoming’s record books while dazzling fans with his abilities and now plays his last game in the AA against a team that held him to a season-low 10 points on Jan. 13. Tip is set for 7 p.m. MT.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or online at GoWYO.com. Fans can follow live stats, audio and video through the gameday central page on GoWYO.com. The contest will also be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network.
A Look at the Matchup
Head coach Larry Shyatt and Wyoming fell to ninth in the MW standings at 13-17 overall and 6-11 in league play after a 79-74 loss at UNLV last Saturday. The Pokes took their first lead of the game with nine minutes left in the game, as the two fought through five ties and eight lead changes down the stretch. The Rebels retook a six-point lead, before Wyoming had the ball down four with 38 seconds to go. The Cowboys would turn the ball over, though, and UNLV would hit six of its next eight free throws to hold on for the win. Wyoming shot 41 percent (24-of-58) from the field for the game and 39 percent (12-of-31) from deep for its sixth-straight game with at least 10 triples. UNLV made 46 percent (23-of-50) and 38 percent (9-of-24), respectively, but both teams pulled down 36 rebounds. The Rebels led 21-12 in assists and 16-10 in points off turnovers. UW’s 26 fouls were the second most it has committed this season, as the Rebels’ 24 free-throw makes and 34 attempts were both season highs for a Cowboy foe. On the season, Wyoming averages 70.4 points on 44 percent from the field and 38 percent from deep. The Cowboys rank first in the conference and 44th nationally beyond the arc, while their 10.2 triples per game are first in the MW and eighth in the NCAA. The Pokes turn the ball over just 11.3 times per game, good for second in the MW and 50th in the NCAA. Defensively, Wyoming allows 71.5 points on 43 and 35 percent, respectively. Wyoming’s 18.7 fouls per game are third in the MW and 120th nationally.
Third-year head coach Dave Wojcik and San Jose State are 8-20 overall and 3-13 in the league for 11th in the MW. All three of those conference wins have come at home, though. The Spartans have dropped five-straight games, including most recently an 88-70 game at Utah State last Saturday. The Aggies led by as much as 31 with eight minutes left in the game. Overall, San Jose State scores 70.7 points per game on 43 percent from the field and 31 percent from three. The Spartans create 14.7 assists per game for third in the MW and 90th in the NCAA, but rank last in the MW at 66 percent at the charity stripe. Defensively, SJSU allows 73.8 points on 43 and 36 percent, respectively, as it is 11th in the MW in three-point defense.
Each Team’s Leaders
Josh Adams continued his campaign for MW Player of the Year with 31 points, seven threes, five rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks at UNLV. The senior guard’s 24.8 points per game this season lead the MW and tie for third in the nation, while his 3.3 triples per game are first and 10th, respectively. He ranks in the top 10 of 11 MW statistical categories, including second in assists per game at 4.1, fifth in steals at 1.5 and fifth in field-goal percentage at 45. Junior guard Jason McManamen is Wyoming’s other hot shooter beyond the arc. He had 19 points and three triples against the Rebels. His team-high 45 percent from three paces the MW and is 13th in the NCAA, while his 3.0 triples per game are second and 26th, respectively. McManamen contributes 14.1 points per game for 11th in the league and has averaged 4.5 threes made over the last eight games. Sophomore forward Alan Herndon averages nearly one block per game for ninth in the MW. He is third on the team at 7.4 points and second at 4.7 rebounds. Sophomores Jeremy Lieberman and Jonathan Barnes were UW’s other starters against UNLV, as the Pokes went with the same starting lineup for a sixth-straight game.
Senior forward Frank Rogers leads the Spartans at 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He is seventh in the MW in rebounds, while his seven double-doubles this season are third in the conference. He had 10 points and five rebounds versus the Aggies. Freshman forward Ryan Welage also averages in double figures at 10.8 points and 5.4 rebounds, but was limited to just six points and one board against Utah State. Redshirt senior guard Princeton Onwas contributes 10.5 points off the bench, including 10 versus the Aggies. A total of 10 different players have started a game for San Jose State, as Rogers is the only Spartan to have started all 28 contests.
About the Series
The Cowboys are 8-2 all-time against the Spartans, including 5-0 in Laramie. The last meeting between the two was a 62-55 SJSU win on Jan. 13 in San Jose. After trailing by 13 in the first half, Wyoming pulled within one point of the Spartans three times in the last six minutes, but SJSU held on for the victory. Herndon paced the Pokes with 14 points, while McManamen added 13. Adams finished with a season-low 10 points and didn’t make a three.
Wyoming has a bye the final weekend of the regular season, before the first round of the 2016 Mountain West Basketball Championships begins on March 9.