March 8, 2004
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
University of Wyoming junior guard Jay Straight earned Second Team All-Mountain West Conference honors on Monday in balloting by the eight MWC head coaches and media representatives that cover each of the eight Mountain West Conference member institutions. UW junior center Alex Dunn and senior forward Joe Ries both earned Honorable Mention recognition.
Straight is the only player in the MWC this season to rank among the top five individuals in scoring, assists and steals. The junior is ranked No. 3 in scoring in conference games, averaging 17.6 points per game; No. 4 in assists (3.64 assists per game); and is tied for No. 3 in steals (1.43 steals per game).
He has scored 20 or more points in seven of 14 MWC contests this season, including a 30-point game versus San Diego State in Laramie on Jan. 26, 2004. Those seven 20-point games have come against each of the seven Mountain West Conference opponents. Straight enters this week with 1,034 career points to rank 28th on the Wyoming career scoring list.
Joe Ries ranks No. 2 for the Cowboys in rebounding (5.0 rpg), and is No. 4 in scoring this season, (7.9 ppg). He scored a career high 29 points in a home victory over Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 29, 2003. Prior to the start of the 2003-04 season, he was named the Most Underrated Player in the MWC by the Sporting News. Ries is ranked No. 15 in the MWC in rebounding (5.0 rpg) and is No. 15 in field-goal percentage (.494). He played in his 100th career game vs. New Mexico on Jan. 12, 2004, and has played in 113 for his career.
Alex Dunn has scored in double figures in 10 of 26 games this season. He tied a career high with 14 rebounds vs. Air Force on March 6, 2004. Dunn also had 14 at San Diego State on Feb. 21, 2004. That was the best by any Cowboy this season. He leads the Pokes in rebounding this season, averaging 5.5 rpg. He ranks No. 5 in the MWC in field-goal percentage (.564), ranks No. 10 in rebounding (5.5 rpg) and is No. 11 in the MWC in blocked shots (0.81 blocks per game).
Air Force head coach Joe Scott captured Coach of the Year honors, while Nick Welch of Air Force and Rafael Araujo of BYU were selected as Co-Players of the Year, marking the first time in the five-year history of the league two players share the top individual honor. Freshman of the Year honors went to Andrew Bogut of Utah, while BYU's Mike Hall was named Defensive Player of the Year.