March 10, 2006
DENVER, Colo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys face the Utah Utes Friday night in the semifinals of the 2006 Mountain West Conference Tournament. The game will tip off at 10 p.m., Mountain Time and will be televised nationally on ESPN.
Wyoming, which entered the tournament as the No. 7 seed, recorded the biggest upset of Thursday's MWC quarterfinals, defeating No. 2 seed Air Force by a score of 57-55. UW became the first No. 7 seed in the seven seasons of the MWC Tournament to win a quarterfinal game. Utah, the No. 6 seed, also pulled a first-round upset, defeating No. 3 seed BYU, 74-70. UW is 13-17 on the season and 5-11 in MWC play. Utah enters the game at 14-14, 6-10.
Friday's Wyoming-Utah meeting will mark the second time in the last week that the two teams have played one another. Last Saturday, Wyoming lost in Salt Lake City by a final score of 70-79.
While the Utes swept the two regular-season meetings between the two schools, Cowboy senior forward Justin Williams didn't play in the first meeting of the season in Laramie due to a sprained left ankle. Utah won that game 71-63.
Williams blocked five shots against Air Force on Thursday night, improving his season total to 145 blocks. That breaks the University of Wyoming single-season record of 144, which was originally set by former Cowboy and current Portland Trailblazer Theo Ratliiff in the 1994-95 season.
The winner of tonight's game will play the winner of Friday's first semifinal between No. 1 seed San Diego State and No. 4 seed UNLV.
The Cowboy Sports Network will broadcast the Wyoming-Utah game on its 25-station network beginning at 9:30 p.m. with the pregame show.