2000-2001 Cowboy Basketball Informational Press Release and Game Notes

February 28, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowboys (2000-01 Record:18-7, 9-3 in the MWC)

Game No. 26: Thu., Feb. 29, 2001,San Diego, Calif., 8:00 p.m., M.T.vs. The San Diego State Aztecs(13-12, 3-9 in the Mountain West)

Game No. 27: Sat., March 3, 2001,Las Vegas, Nev., 8:00 p.m., M.T.vs. The UNLV Runnin' Rebels(15-12, 6-6 in the Mountain West)(Prior to a Game Against ColoradoState on Thursday, March 1)To be Televised on SportsWest TV,KGWN-TV in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Wyoming Cowboys' Season CapsuleWyoming's 2000-01 Record: 18-7 (.720)Wyoming's 2000-01 MWC Record: 9-3 (.750) in the MWCLast Time Out for Wyoming: Wyoming defeated New Mexico 81-61 on Feb. 26, 2001, in Laramie, Wyo., on ESPN Big MondayCurrent Win/Loss Streak: Won 2UW Head Coach (Alma Mater): Steve McClain(Chadron St.'84)McClain's Overall Record: 55-29 (.655), 3rd seasonMcClain's Record at Wyoming: SameLetterwinners Returning/Lost: 5/9Starters Returning/Lost: 4/2 (Including one from 98-99)1999-00 Record: 19-12, 8-6 T4th in MWC1999-00 Postseason: Defeated Colorado State 74-68 in the MWC Tournament Lost at UNLV 92-97 in the MWC Tournament

UW Series Record vs. San Diego St.: Wyoming leads 27-18UW Record versus in Laramie: Wyoming leads 19-2UW Record versus on the Road: Wyoming trails 7-13UW Record versus at Neutral Sites: Wyoming trails 1-3Last Meeting versus:Wyoming defeated San Diego State 101-66 in Laramie, Wyo.on Feb. 3, 2001

UW Series Record vs. UNLV: Wyoming trails 8-12UW Record versus in Laramie: Wyoming leads 7-2UW Record versus on the Road: Wyoming trails 1-9UW Record versus at Neutral Sites: Wyoming trails 0-1Last Meeting versus:Wyoming lost to UNLV 78-80 in Laramie, Wyo., on Feb. 5, 2001

San Diego State Aztecs' Season Capsule2000-01 Record: 13-12 (.520)2000-01 Conference Record: 3-9 (.250) in the MWCLast Time Out: San Diego State defeated UNLV 83-66 in San Diego, Calif., on Feb. 24, 2001University Location: San Diego, Calif.Current Win/Loss Streak: Won 2Head Coach (Alma Mater): Steve Fischer (Illinois State '67)Coach's Overall Record: 202-117 (.633), 10th seasonCoach's Record at School: 18-35 (.340), 2nd seasonLettermen Returning/Lost: 4/6Starters Returning/Lost: 2/31999-00 Record: 5-23, 0-14 8th in the MWC1999-00 Postseason: Lost to UNLV 72-77 in the MWC Tournament

UNLV Runnin' Rebels' Season Capsule2000-01 Record: 15-12 (.556)2000-01 Conference Record: 6-6 (.500) in the MWCLast Time Out: UNLV lost to San Diego State 66-83 in San Diego, Calif., on Feb. 24, 2001University Location: Las Vegas, Nev.Current Win/Loss Streak: Lost 2Head Coach (Alma Mater): Max Good (Eastern Kentucky '69)Coach's Overall Record: 108-137 (.441), 9th seasonCoach's Record at School: 12-8 (.600), 1st seasonLettermen Returning/Lost: 9/2Starters Returning/Lost: 4/11999-00 Record: 23-8, 10-4 T1st in the MWC1999-00 Postseason: Defeated SDSU 77-72 in the MWC Tournament Defeated Wyoming 97-92 in the MWC Tournament Defeated BYU 79-56 in the MWC Tournament Lost to Tulsa 62-89 in the NCAA TournamentGames Prior to Playing Wyoming: Colorado State, Thursday, March 1, 2001

Cowboys and Aztecs -- Down to the Wire: The recent series history betweenthe Wyoming Cowboys and San Diego State Aztecs has been one ofdown-to-the-wire finishes.

Since the 1992-93 season, the series has featured a number ofextremely close games. During that time period, the two teams have met 16times . In those last 16 meetings, 11 of the 16 games have been decided by10 points or less and eight of the last 16 meetings have been decided bythree points or less.

Of those 11 down-to-the-wire finishes, Wyoming has won all sixmeetings in Laramie, while San Diego State has won all five of the 10-pointor less contests in San Diego. Over that eight-year span the two teams alsoplayed three times in the WAC Tournament with SDSU winning all threemeetings by margins of three points or less in 1993, 94 and 98, all atneutral sites.

The only other WAC Tournament meeting between the two teams was inthe 1988 season when Wyoming won 83-76 in Provo in the quarterfinals on wayto the Pokes most recent WAC Tournament Championship.

The two schools did not play in the regular season during the1997-98 or 1998-99 seasons due to the rotating scheduling of the old 16-teamWAC.

Wyoming-UNLV Continue Close Rivalry -- Home Teams Dominate: The WyomingCowboys and UNLV Runnin' Rebels first met in the 1966-67 season, when UNLVwas known as Nevada Southern. The home team has dominated the series, withonly three road wins in the series.

Cowboys and Runnin' Rebels to be Featured on SportsWest TV: The WyomingCowboys and UNLV Runnin' Rebels will be featured on SportsWest TV, Saturday,March 3 at 8:00 p.m., Mountain time.

Dave McCann will describe the play-by-play action. He will bejoined by Blaine Fowler, who will add color analysis.

Cowboys Lead the MWC in Field-Goal Percentage Defense: The Wyoming Cowboysare allowing opponents only 40.1 percent shooting from the field for theseason entering this week to rank No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference.

Cowboys 18-7 Record Establishes the Best Start in McClain Era: Wyoming's18-7 record this season is the best start by a Steve McClain team atWyoming. In McClain's first season (1998-99), Wyoming started out 16-9.Last season (1999-2000), the Cowboys were 15-10 through 25 games.

McClain's '98-'99 squad won its 26th game of the season to go to17-9. A year ago, Wyoming won its 26th game for a 16-10 start.

In Case You Missed It:
*Senior Brett McFall made the first start of his career on SeniorNight against New Mexico last Monday. McFall scored 12 points and handedout five assists in his last regular-season game in the Arena-Auditorium.
*Junior Josh Davis scored the 1,000th point of his career when hehit a three-pointer with 4:16 left in the game against New Mexico on Feb.26, 2001. Davis added a free throw with 1:20 remaining in the game to givehim 1,002 points heading into this week.
*Josh Davis also moved into 10th place on the Wyoming careerrebounding list on Feb. 26, 2001, when he grabbed eight rebounds against NewMexico. He has 660 career rebounds.
*Davis' 20 points against New Mexico was his third 20-point game ofthe season, and his second in the last six games.
*Junior Chris McMillian scored a season high 18 points in the 81-61victory over New Mexico on Feb. 26.
*The Cowboys handed out 17 assists versus New Mexico which is rightout the Pokes' league leading average of 17.04 assists per game.
*Wyoming's nine three-point field goals against New Mexico tied forthe single-game high this season for UW. Wyoming also hit nine in a roadwin at Colorado State on Jan. 13 and nine in a home win over San DiegoState.
*New Mexico handed out only seven assists in its 61-81 loss inLaramie. That was a season low by an opponent this year.
*Wyoming's 20-point victory margin over UNM was the third time thisseason that UW had won by 20 points or more.
*With its 81 points against the Lobos, Wyoming has now scored 80 ormore points in four MWC games this year. The Cowboys have won all four:85-78 over BYU in Laramie, 82-78 over New Mexico in Albuquerque, 101-66 overSDSU in Laramie and 81-61 against New Mexico in Laramie.

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