March 4, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys and Air Force Falcons will play for the third time this season when the 2006 Mountain West Conference Tournament tips off next Thursday at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. The Cowboys will be the No. 7 seed in the 2006 MWC Tournament and will play the No. 2 seeded Falcons at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 9. The game will be televised by ESPN+Plus and will also be available on a pay-per-view basis with ESPN Full-Court. The ESPN+Plus affiliates in the state of Wyoming are KWYF-TV of Casper, Wyo., and KLWY-TV of Cheyenne, Wyo.
If the third meeting between the Cowboys and Falcons is as good as the first two, it should be quite a game next Thursday. Wyoming defeated Air Force by five points, 55-50, in Laramie on Jan. 11. The second meeting in Colorado Springs on Feb. 11 saw the Cowboys tie the game at 61-61 with only three seconds remaining in regulation on a free throw by Justin Williams, but Air Force threw a floor-length pass to Jacob Burtschi, and he was fouled with only one second remaining. Burtschi hit the first free throw and missed the second one intentionally as time ran out and Air Force came away with a 62-61 last-second victory.
Wyoming and Air Force have met only two previous times in conference tournament play. Both games resulted in two-point Wyoming victories. The Pokes won 69-67 in one overtime in the quarterfinals of the 2002 Mountain West Conference Tournament in Las Vegas. In the 1986 Western Athletic Conference Tournament hosted by Wyoming in Laramie, the Cowboys captured a 67-65 win. The 2002 UW victory saw Marcus Bailey hit a three-point field goal to tie the game at 60-60 at the end of regulation on way to a 69-67 overtime victory. In '86, Wyoming's Les Bolden hit a jumper from the corner with no time left on the clock to give Wyoming a 67-65 win.