March 1, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboy basketball team will play its' final home game of the 2009-10 season this Tuesday night as they host the Air Force Academy Falcons. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. from the Arena-Auditorium and will be televised live by both The Mtn. and CBS College Sports.
Tuesday's game will mark a special night for one Cowboy, as senior Ryan Dermody will play his final home game in a Cowboy uniform. Dermody and his family will be honored prior to the game as part of senior night festivities.
The Cowboys enter Tuesday's game with an overall record of 9-19 and a Mountain West Conference mark of 2-12. Air Force is currently 9-18 overall and 1-13 in league games. Tuesday's game will be a preview of the first round game of the 2010 Conoco MWC Championship, which will be played on Wednesday, March 10 in Las Vegas.
Wyoming's Leaders: True freshman Desmar Jackson has posted career-high scoring totals in each of Wyoming's last two games, as well as three of UW's last four games. He scored 31 points this past Saturday in the Cowboys' road loss to Utah. Those 31 points are the most points scored by a Cowboy since Afam Muojeke scored 31 in the first game of the 2008-09 season.
Over UW's last nine games, Jackson has averaged 19.0 points a game. He is currently the fifth best scoring freshman in the MWC with 11.3 points per game. With 315 points thus far this season, he has put together the 12th best scoring season by a freshman in MWC history.
A pair of Cowboys currently rank among the MWC's best rebounders. Sophomore Adam Waddell ranks No. 8 with 5.7 per game and junior Djibril Thiam ranks No. 12 with 5.1 per contest. Both Waddell and Thiam are also adding a great deal to the offensive end, as Waddell is averaging 10.0 points a game and Thiam is averaging 9.5 per game.
Air Force's Leaders: Air Force is led by senior forward Grant Parker and junior guard Evan Washington. Parker is averaging 13.4 points a game and Washington is averaging 10.7 points a game. That duo also leads the Falcons' in rebounding with Parker at 4.5 rpg and Washington with 4.7 per game.
Series Notes: Tuesday's meeting will mark the 99th game in the series. Wyoming leads the overall series 70-28 (.714) and are 36-11 (.766) in games played in Laramie. Since the formation of the MWC, Wyoming leads the series by a 14-10 margin. The Cowboys have won 32 of the last 42 meetings and have been victorious in 18 of the last 21 meetings in the Arena-Auditorium.
Up Next: Wyoming will close out the regular season this Saturday as they travel to UNLV. The Cowboys and Runnin' Rebels will tip off at 2 p.m. (MT) from the Thomas & Mack Center. The game will be televised live by Versus.