March 3, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
It will be a battle for third place when the Wyoming Cowboys travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., to face the Air Force Falcons this Saturday. Wyoming will enter the game (15-11, 7-6 in the Mountain West Conference). Air Force is 17-11, 8-5 in the MWC.
Wyoming won the earlier meeting with the Falcons by a score of 67-63 in overtime on Feb. 5. If the Cowboys win Saturday UW would tie the Falcons for third place, and would earn the the No. 3 seed in next week's Mountain West Conference Tournament by virtue of sweeping the head-to-head series against Air Force.
If Wyoming loses on Saturday and UNLV loses at BYU on Saturday, the Pokes would finish fourth and be the No. 4 seed in the MWC Tournament. A Wyoming loss combined with a UNLV win would mean the Cowboys and Rebels would tie for fourth, but UNLV would earn the No. 4 seed and UW would be the No. 5 seed by virtue of UNLV sweeping the head-to-head season series versus Wyoming.
Since the 1999-2000 season, the Wyoming-Air Force series has seen six of 12 games decided by five points or less and four of the 12 games have gone to overtime. Wyoming has won the last three overtime games in the series - two in Laramie and one in the 2002 MWC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. Wyoming has won nine of the last 12 meetings, and has won 17 of the last 20 meetings. In games played in Colorado Springs, Wyoming has won 16 of the last 20 meetings at the Air Force Academy, and three of the last four. Air Force won last year's game at the Academy by a score of 83-71.
Jay Straight's 41 points against Colorado State last week was the third best single-game scoring performance in the nation this season. Only Elton Nesbitt of Georgia Southern and Keydren Clark of St. Peter's, who each scored 43 points in a single game this season, had better performances. Straight's 41 points ranks as the eighth best single-game performance in school history and the fourth best in Mountain West Conference history.
He also became the Mountain West Conference's career assist leader in the CSU game when he handed out eight assists to improve his career total to 447. He passed former BYU Cougar Matt Montague, who handed out 439 assists during his career from 1999-2002.
Straight is one of only four NCAA Division I players in the nation to rank among the Top 50 in both scoring and assists this season. He ranks No. 34 in the country in assists, averaging 5.5 assists per game, and he ranks No. 45 in scoring, averaging 18.4 points per game. There are 330 NCAA Division I programs.
Saturday's Wyoming-Air Force matchup is scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m., Mountain Time. There is no television coverage of Saturday's game. The game will be carried on the Cowboy Sports (Radio) Network, beginning with the pregame show at 3:30 p.m.