1998-99 Basketball Season Wrap-up

March 23, 1999


1998-99 Wyoming Basketball Season Summary

Date: March 19, 1999Wyoming Basketball Contacts: Kevin McKinney, Sports Information DirectorTim Harkins, Assistant Sports Information Director

Sources of Information for Media: Information on University of WyomingBasketball is available through the following sources. We at the WyomingSports Information Office hope you continue to consider our staff as yourprimary source for information. Call us anytime at (307) 766-2256. KevinMcKinney's home number is (307) 742-3181. Tim Harkins' home number is (307)742-6309.1. Info Connection (Fax on Demand) From the handset of your fax machine dial (800) 300-2050. The Passcode for the WAC 922 UW Directory of All Sports 2300 Wyoming Basketball Release 2310 UW Basketball Stats Only 2311 Most Recent Game Stats 23122. World Wide Web University of Wyoming Athletics can be accessed on the World Wide Web at the following address:http://www.wyomingathletics.com3. E-Mail Addresses You can e-mail the Wyoming Sports Information Office at: wyosid@uwyo.edu kevinm@uwyo.edu tharkins@uwyo.edu4. Teamline Radio broadcasts over your phone. Dial 1-800-846-4700 Wyoming's access code is 66795. Broadcast.com Radio broadcasts over the internet. www.broadcast.com/sports/ncaa/wyoming/

Cowboy Sports Network Broadcasts Cowboys on Radio: The 1998-99 WyomingBasketball season was broadcast live on the Cowboy Sports Network. The24-station network carried all the Cowboy games, home and away. KFBC Radio in Cheyenne, Wyo., served as the flagship station for thenetwork. Once again bringing the play-by-play description of Cowboy games toPoke fans was six-time Wyoming "Sportscaster of the Year" Dave Walsh. Walshcompleted his 15th year as "Voice of the Cowboys." Joining Walsh in the booth again this year as color analyst was UWSports Information Director Kevin McKinney. Cheyenne radio personality J.D. Harris served as the studio host, and Dave Montgomery served as executive producer.

The Wyoming Cowboys (18-10, 7-7 in the WAC Mountain Division) 1998-99 AveragesProbable Starters Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG APGF #22 Josh Davis 6-8 210 Fr. Salem, Ore. 8.6 6.0 1.0F #40 Justin French 6-6 210 Jr. Fort Collins, Colo. 4.8 3.3 1.1C #4 Ugo Udezue 6-8 237 So. Anambra, Nigeria 20.5 7.4 1.1G #5 Anthony Blakes 6-2 188 RJr. Phoenix, Ariz. 11.4 7.4 4.5G #10 Chris McMillian 5-10 175 Fr. Brea, Calif. 9.5 3.4 4.6ReservesF #0 LeDarion Jones 6-7 232 RJr. Bartow, Fla. 10.8 5.7 1.2G #3 Andy Young 6-0 165 Jr. New Philadelphia,OH 3.0 0.0 0.0G #13 Levi Porter 6-3 189 Sr. Rawlins, Wyo. 0.0 0.0 0.2G #14 Brett McFall 6-0 173 So. Olathe, Kan. 4.9 2.2 3.6F/C #21 John Pettersson 6-9 210 Fr. Lulea, Sweden 4.0 2.2 0.4F/C #33 Antone Lostetter 6-8 217 Jr. Espanola, N.M. 2.0 1.5 0.4F #50 Marty Kleeman 6-6 215 Sr. Afton, Wyo. 0.4 0.1 0.1G/F #52 Bradley Mann 6-6 190 Jr. Bourbonnais, Ill. 7.9 2.6 1.9

Wyoming Ends Outstanding Season, Advancing to NIT Second Round: The WyomingCowboys culminated an outstanding season by advancing to the Second Round ofthe 1999 National Invitation Tournament. Wyoming posted an 81-77 home victory over USC on March 10, 1999, inthe First Round of the NIT before falling in the Second Round at Oregon,72-93. UW's victory over the Trojans was the Cowboys' first win inpostseason play since the 1990-91 season. On March 15, 1991, Wyomingdefeated Butler University in the first round of the NIT in Laramie by ascore of 63-61, before losing in the second round at Colorado (75-83).

Cowboys in Postseason for Second Consecutive Season: The Wyoming CowboyBasketball program is back. For the first time in over 10 years, theCowboys played in postseason in back-to-back years. Wyoming appeared in the1998 National Invitation Tournament a year ago, and advanced to the SecondRound of the NIT this season. The last time was the years of 1986, 87 and88 when the Pokes played in the 1986 NIT, the 1987 NCAA and the 1988 NCAA.

Cowboys Rank No. 9 in the Nation in Scoring: Scoring points has been a strength for the Wyoming Cowboys in the 1998-99 season.As of the most recent NCAA rankings (Tuesday, March 9) Wyoming ranked No. 9in the nation in scoring, averaging 82.0 points per game. The Cowboys endedthe 1998-99 season averaging 81.6 points per game.

Udezue Ranks 27th in NCAA in Scoring: In the most recent NCAA Statistics(March 9, 1999) Ugo Udezue ranked No. 27 in the nation in scoring, averaging20.5 points per game. Several 1998-99 UW opponents are also ranked among the nation's Top50 leading scorers. They are: Brian Merriweather, UT-Pan American (No. 3 at23.7 ppg); Lee Nailon, TCU (No. 8 at 22.8 ppg); Jason Terry, Arizona (No. 11at 22.1 ppg); Robert Johnson, RIce (No. 12 at 22.0 ppg); Nate Holmstadt,Montana St. (No. 23 at 20.8 ppg); Franz Pierre-Louis, Wagner (No. 37 at 19.6 ppg) and Milt Palacio, CSU (No. 43 at 19.0 ppg).

Bright Future: Not only did the Wyoming Cowboys earntheir way to the Second Round of the 1999 National InvitationTournament, but virtually the entire team is returning next year. The only two players who Wyoming will be losing areseniors Levi Porter and Marty Kleeman. Steve McClain willwelcome back 11 of 13 players next year, plus he has twoscholarships available.

1998-99 Wyoming Cowboy Basketball Season In Review

It was a season that appeared headed for an unhappy ending. But dreams can come true, and they did for the Wyoming basketballteam which added postseason play to its 1998-99 campaign by participating inthe Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association's NationalInvitation Tournament for the second consecutive year. After an inspired 81-77 victory over Southern California in NITopening-round action at the Arena-Auditorium, the Cowboys fell to Oregon atEugene, in round two. But it was great experience and a whole lot of funfor the young Cowboys and their fans when the season appeared to have closedon a sour note. The Cowboys finished the season with an 18-10 overall record, theirsecond-highest win total in seven seasons, and a 7-7 mark in WesternAthletic Conference Mountain Division play to tie for fourth. But even aregular-season-ending victory over division winner UNLV, which lifted therecord to 17-9 at the time, couldn't brighten spirits as the leaguetie-breaking system had eliminated Wyoming from the WAC PostseasonTournament. Heading into the final game the Cowboys knew that even if theydefeated UNLV, their 7-7 conference mark was not good enough for the WAC'spostseason tournament. Elimination came about due to the conference'stie-breaker system, and Wyoming had to sit home, missing the last originalWAC Tournament, a sad ending to a good season, to be sure. The players in the program deserved better. Unfortunately theirseason appeared finished. But, lo and behold, along came an NIT bid. . .a bad ending gone good.The Cowboys were awarded another game, and they took advantage. The USC game was a classic in the Double A. Behind the scoring ofsophomore sensation Ugo Udezue, the rebounding and scoring of freshmanforward Josh Davis, and clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch, theCowboys came back from a big first-half deficit to earn a second-round NITgame. That second-round game was a tough one. The Cowboys had to take on ahot Oregon team at Eugene. The team that would eventually earn a trip toNew York, the Ducks came out red-hot and never looked back in eliminatingthe Cowboys 93-72. The Cowboys finished the regular season with a 12-2 record in theArena-Auditorium, 6-1 in WAC play. A loss to the University of Denver inthe season opener, and one to Colorado State down the conference stretch runwere the only blemishes in the Double A. The first year of the Steve McClain Era was not supposed to be oneof major note. The Cowboys had lost their two best players from theprevious season, Gregg Sawyer and Jeron Roberts, and they were looking at aphilosophical change in style of play. In fact, they were picked fifth inthe Mountain Division by the league's media members. But this young team adapted to McClain's up-tempo style, number one,then had to adjust to a series of injuries that eliminated their startingpoint guard (Andy Young) for the season and at least three other startersfor differing stretches through the year. McClain parlayed a group that did not have a scholarship senior, tworedshirt juniors, a little-used sophomore from last season, and threefreshmen into an outfit that was ninth in the nation in scoring (second inthe WAC), first in the WAC in rebounding and second in the league in stealsand turnover margin. On the way, the Cowboys defeated TCU when it wasranked 20th nationally, Tulsa and UNLV, and played Arizona extremely wellbefore losing by 10 down the stretch. In fact, seven teams on the schedulewere in postseason play. At one point during the season the Cowboys won nine of 10, andfinished strong by winning three of their last four. In doing so, theyfinished among the top scoring teams in school history -- their 81.6 averageranks seventh all-time -- and rebounding -- 43.4 is sixth all-time in schoolhistory. The benchmarks of McClain's first team were its consistency andbalance. The Cowboys had at least three individuals score in double figuresin 25 of the 28 games. Of the roster, 10 different individuals produceddouble-figure-scoring games, and six different Cowboys scored 20 or morepoints in a game. Individually, the story of the year for Wyoming was the emergence ofUgo Udezue. The sophomore from Anambra, Nigeria, earned Second Team All-WAChonors as he led the Cowboys in scoring at 20.5 per game and rebounding at7.4. He was ranked in the top 30 nationally in scoring most of the season.He became one of only 12 players in Wyoming school history to average over20 points per game for a single season. All from an individual who scored atotal of 98 points his entire freshman year as a role-playingrebounder/defender. During the final 11 games of this, his second, season Udezue wasunstoppable. He scored 20 or more points in 10 of those 11 games, including33 t Air Force, 32 vs. Texas-Pan American, 31 at SMU, 28 vs. USC, 27 at TCU,26 vs. Colorado State and 25 each against Tulsa and Rice. He averaged 25.5points during that 11-game stretch. During the season he led his team inscoring 18 times and produced eight double-doubles. While he was the cornerstone, Udezue was by no means the entireload. Two other Cowboys finished the regular year in double figuresincluding two-guard Anthony Blakes and forward LeDarion Jones, who missedfour of the final six games with a knee injury -- he did see spot duty inthe NIT. The two redshirt-juniors averaged 11.4 and 10.8 pointsrespectively. Blakes, the team's most athletic individual, tied Udezue forthe team lead in rebounding at 7.4 per, and was selected to the WAC'sAll-Defensive team. Wyoming's top two freshman were right behind those scoring leaders.Point guard Chris McMillian and forward Josh Davis produced tremendousyears. McMillian averaged 9.5 points per outing while starting all 28games. Mighty Mac led the team in minutes played (29.9 per), assists (4.6per) and free-throw shooting. He was also second in steals (1.9 per), andranked among the Top 20 individuals in the WAC in assists, steals andfree-throw percentage. His assist average placed him fourth on Wyoming'ssingle-season list, and was the best average ever by a freshman. Had Davis not sprained both ankles at mid-season--first his right,then his left two weeks later--he might have been even more impressive thanhe was. An excellent outside shooter, Davis proved to be a rugged insideplayer whose tools allowed him to be an excellent rebounder. Despite hisinjuries, he was third on the team in rebounding with 6.0 per game andaveraged 8.6 points to rank fifth on the squad. Sophomore guard Brett McFall, junior forward Justin French andjunior guard Bradley Mann, offered much spark off the bench, and as spotstarters. McFall's passing, French's work ethic and Mann's deadlythree-point shooting were all key factors for the Cowboys. French actuallystarted the final 11 games of the season. In addition to being the seventh best scoring team in school historyat 81.6 per game, the 1998-99 Cowboys were the top three-point shooting teamin UW history, making 188 threes in 28 games. This year's team also rankedNo. 3 in school history in total assists with 540. The Cowboys finished with some interesting trends. They were: 17-3when they had more assists than the opponent; 16-2 when they led athalftime; 15-5 when their frontline scored more than the opponent'sfrontline; 14-2 when they shot better from the field than opponents; and13-5 when they had more steals.

Next Year Wyoming Enters the Mountain West Conference: Next year theUniversity of Wyoming will join some old rivals to form the new MountainWest Conference. Wyoming will join together with Air Force, Brigham Young,Colorado State, New Mexico, UNLV, San Diego State and Utah in the newleague. Wyoming, BYU, New Mexico and Utah were the only four remainingcharter members of the Western Athletic Conference which was founded in1962. The new Mountain West Conference will feature home and away seriesagainst every other team in the conference, plus a postseason conferencetournament at a site yet to be determined.

The Final WAC Season for the Cowboys: After 37 years of WAC competition,the Western Athletic Conference era is over for the Wyoming Cowboys. On Feb. 27, 1999 the Wyoming Cowboys defeated the UNLV Runnin'Rebels 79-76, marking the last WAC contest for Wyoming. The Wyoming Cowboysplayed 530 WAC regular-season contests through 37 seasons of WAC basketball. Here is a breakdown of the Pokes history in WAC basketball.

Wyoming's Record in the WACWAC Record 255-275 (.481)WAC Tournament Record 10-13 (.435)WAC Regular-Season Titles 5 (1967, 1969, 1981, 1982, 1986)WAC Tournament Titles 2 (1987 and 1988)

Remembering the WAC: Here is a look back at UW's WAC heritage. Wyoming wasone of six charter members of the WAC. Here are some facts about Wyoming'sbeginning in the WAC. *The year the WAC was founded 1962 *The six charter members of the WAC were Wyoming, Arizona, Arizona State, Brigham Young, New Mexico, Utah *The President of the United States at the time the WAC was founded was John F. Kennedy *The University of Wyoming's President at the time the WAC was founded George "Duke" Humphrey *Wyoming's athletic director at the time of the WAC founding Glenn "Red" Jacoby *Wyoming's basketball coach the first season of WAC play was Bill Strannigan *The first Cowboy to earn All-WAC honors in basketball was Flynn Robinson

Udezue and Blakes Earn WAC Honors: Two Wyoming Cowboys were honored by theWestern Athletic Conference Coaches with postseason awards. Sophomorecenter Ugo Udezue and junior guard Anthony Blakes both were selected onAll-WAC teams. Udezue was selected Second Team All-WAC Mountain Division. Blakeswas named to the Mountain Division All-Defensive team.1999 WAC Men's Basketball Postseason Award WinnersMountain DivisionAll-ConferenceFirst TeamJeryl Sasser, SMU, G, 6-6, 200, So., Dallas, Texas (Kimball HS)Shawn Marion, UNLV, F, 6-7, 215, Jr., North Chicago, Ill. (Vincennes)Lee Nailon, TCU, F, 6-9, 230, Sr., South Bend, Ind. (Butler CC)Robert Johnson, Rice, G/F, 6-4, 195, Sr., Waco, Texas (LaVega HS)Milt Palacio, Colorado State, G, 6-3, 195, Sr., Los Angeles, Calif. (West Texas JC) Second TeamUgo Udezue, Wyoming, F/C, 6-8, 237, So., Anambra, Nigeria (Riverdale Baptist)Michael Ruffin, Tulsa, F, 6-8, 230, Sr., Englewood, Colo. (Cherry Creek HS)Marquise Gainous, TCU, F/C, 6-9, 216, Jr., Orlando, Fla. (Jacksonville CC)Tyron Wright, Air Force, F, 6-4, 190, Jr., West Columbia, S.C. (Lexington)Brandon Kurtz, Tulsa, C, 6-10, 255, Jr., Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield College) All-Defensive TeamMichael Ruffin, Tulsa, F, 6-8, 230, Sr., Englewood, Colo. (Cherry Creek HS)Greedy Daniels, UNLV, G, 6-0, 175, So., New Orleans, La. (Cohen HS)Anthony Blakes, Wyoming, G, 6-2, 172, Jr., Phoenix, Ariz. (Arizona Western JC)Shawn Marion, UNLV, F, 6-7, 215, Jr., North Chicago, Ill. (Vincennes)Prince Fowler, TCU, G, 5-10, 170, Sr., Las Vegas, Nev. (Western HS) All-Newcomer TeamShawn Marion, UNLV, F, 6-7, 215, Jr., North Chicago, Ill. (Vincennes)Brandon Kurtz, Tulsa, C, 6-10, 255, Jr., Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield College) Marquise Gainous, TCU, F/C, 6-9, 216, Jr., Orlando, Fla. (Jacksonville CC)Jason Skaer, Rice, F, 6-7, 230, Sr., Deer Park, Texas (Oklahoma State)Greg Harrington, Tulsa, G, 6-2, 185, Fr., Carrollton, Texas (Newman Smith HS)

Player of the Year: Jeryl Sasser, SMUFreshman of the Year: Greg Harrington, TulsaCoach of the Year: Willis Wilson, Rice

Young Guns in the NIT, Deja Vu 1986: The Wyoming Cowboys entered thisyear's NIT with a very young team. UW's probable starters included twojuniors, one sophomore and two freshmen. The last time the Pokes entered anNIT with this young of a squad was the 1985-86 season when two sophomores,Fennis Dembo and Eric Leckner, led the Cowboys to the NIT Championship Gamein Madison Square Garden before losing to Ohio State 63-73.

Wyoming History in the NIT: Monday's game versus Oregon was the Cowboys'12th game in the National Invitation Tournament. Wyoming holds a 6-6 recordin NIT games. The Pokes best finish was in the 1986 NIT when they finishedsecond to Ohio State. Here is a game-by-game history of the Cowboys in the NIT.1999March 10, 1999 Win over USC 81-77 in Laramie, Wyo.March 15, 1999 Loss to Oregon 72-93 in Eugene, Ore.1998March 11, 1998 Loss to Gonzaga 55-69 in Laramie, Wyo.1991March 15, 1991 Win over Butler 63-61 in Laramie, Wyo.March 18, 1991 Loss to Colorado 75-83 in Boulder, Colo.1986March 13, 1986 Win over Texas A&M 79-70 in Laramie, Wyo.March 17, 1986 Win over Loyola-Marymount 99-90 in Laramie, Wyo.March 20, 1986 Win over Clemson 62-57 in Laramie, Wyo.March 24, 1986 Win over Florida 67-58 in New York, N.Y.March 26, 1986 Loss to Ohio State 63-73 in New York, N.Y.1969March 16, 1969 Loss to Army 49-51 in New York, N.Y.1968March 16, 1968 Loss to Villanova 66-77 in New York, N.Y.

Wyoming Cowboys' Season Capsule

Wyoming's 1998-99 Record: 18-10 (.643)Wyoming's 1998-99 WAC Record: 7-7 (.500) in the WACLast Time Out for Wyoming: UW lost at Oregon 72-93 on March 15, 1999, in the Second Round of the NITCurrent Win/Loss Streak: Lost 1UW Head Coach (Alma Mater): Steve McClain(Chadron St.'84)McClain's Overall Record: 18-10 (.643), 1st yearMcClain's Record at Wyoming: SameLetterwinners Returning/Lost: 8/4Starters Returning/Lost: 2/31997-98 Overall Record: 19-91997-98 Conference Record: 9-5, 3rd in WAC Mtn.1997-98 Postseason: Lost in 1st Round of NIT to Gonzaga, 55-69 in LaramieSports Information Contacts: Kevin McKinney Tim HarkinsSports Information Phone: (307) 766-2256

Steve McClain in the NIT: First year Wyoming head coach Steve McClain madehis second appearance in the NIT this season. With a victory over USC (81-77) in the First Round in the '99 NITand a loss at Oregon (72-93) in the Second Round, McClain holds a 1-1head-coaching mark in the NIT. In the 1997 NIT, McClain was an assistant coach with a TCU squadthat went 1-1, defeating Alabama-Birmingham in the First Round 85-62, beforelosing at Notre Dame 72-82.

UW Comes From Behind for Win Over USC: The young Wyoming Cowboys showed agreat deal of maturity on Wednesday, March 10, 1999, in an 81-77 victoryover USC. USC jumped on top 11-0 to begin the game, and held a 10-pointhalftime lead, 41-31. But for only the second time this season, Wyomingcame back after trailing at halftime to win. The only other time the Pokesovercame a halftime deficit to win was at home verus Colorado on Dec. 9. Inthe CU game, UW trailed by nine at halftime (25-34), but fought back to winby one (67-66).

Unstoppable Udezue: Over the final 11 games of the 1998-99 season, Wyomingsophomore center Ugo Udezue was unstoppable. Udezue scored 20 or morepoints in 10 of his last 11 games -- 33 at Air Force, 25 at home againstboth Tulsa and Rice, 27 at TCU, 31 at SMU, 32 against Texas-Pan American, 26against Colorado State, 21 vs. Air Force, 20 vs. UNLV, 28 against USC and 13versus Oregon. For the season, Udezue averaged 20.5 points per game. During the last 11-game stretch, he averaged 25.5 points percontest, while hitting 47.6 percent of his field goals (100-210) andaveraging 6.8 rebounds per game. Udezue not only led the Pokes in scoring, at 20.5 points per game,but also led the team in rebounding, 7.4 rebounds per game, and field-goalpercentage (.474). Here is a breakdown of Udezue's 1998-99 stats this season.WAC Rank in Scoring 4th (20.5 ppg)WAC Rank in Rebounding 11th (7.4 rpg)WAC Rank in Field-Goal Percentage 10th (.474)Games Scoring 30 or More Points 5 gamesGames Scoring 20 or More Points 15 gamesGames Scoring in Double Figures 24 games

Wyoming Defeats Fifth Consecutive Top 25 Team in The Dome of Doom: TheWyoming Cowboys once again came away with a win over a Top 25 rankedopponent in Laramie, defeating the TCU Horned Frogs on Thursday, Jan. 14,96-93. TCU was ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press poll entering thegame, and was ranked No. 24 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll. Wyoming has enjoyed a great deal of success at home againstnationally-ranked teams over the past four seasons. In fact, UW has posteda 5-0 record at home against the last five nationally-ranked opponents toplay in the Double A. The last nationally-ranked team to defeat UW in the Dome of Doom wasthe Cincinnati Bearcats on Dec. 17, 1994, in a game that saw LaZelle Durdenhit three free throws with no time left on the clock for a one-point victory(81-80). Cincinnati was ranked No. 17 in the nation at the time. Here is a breakdown of the Cowboys' success against Top 25 rankedteams in the Arena-Auditorium over the past four seasons.Wins Over Top 25 Ranked Teams Jan. 14, 1999 96-93 Win over No. 20 ranked TCUFeb. 12, 1998 62-56 Win over No. 5 ranked UtahJan. 10, 1998 58-55 Win over No. 10 ranked New Mexico Feb. 12, 1996 80-76 Win over No. 7 ranked Utah Jan. 13, 1996 61-58 Win over No. 25 ranked New Mexico

Cowboys Tie Longest School Winning Streak in the '90s: The 1998-99 WyomingCowboys built a six-game winning streak in the month of December. Thestreak began on Dec. 9, 1998 with a 67-66 win over Colorado in Laramie andended on Jan. 7, 1999, with a 52-77 loss at Rice. During the streak, Wyoming defeated Colorado, North Texas, AlcornState, Louisiana Tech, Wagner and Dartmouth. With its sixth consecutive win of the season on Dec. 31 againstDartmouth, UW tied its longest winning streak of the decade. The only other times the Pokes posted a six-game winning streak inthe 1990's were the 1997-98 season and the 1990-91 campaign.

Blakes Just Misses Triple-Double: In three of his last six games, AnthonyBlakes nearly accomplished one of the rarest of feats in basketball -- atriple-double. On Tuesday, Feb. 16 against Texas-Pan American, again onThursday, Feb. 25 versus Air Force and on Feb. 27 versus UNLV he came closeto recording three triple-doubles. Blakes scored 19 points and handed out 10 assists for adouble-double against UT-Pan American. He also grabbed nine rebounds tofall just one rebound short of having double figures in three statisticalcategories. Against Air Force, Blakes scored 13 points, grabbed 10 rebounds andhanded out eight assists, and in the win over UNLV he scored 15 points,pulled down 12 rebounds and dished out seven assists. Blakes had six double-doubles for the season, and three in his lastsix games. Blakes amazingly didn't commit one turnover in 34 minutes of playagainst UT-Pan American, while making four steals. For the season, Blakes led the Cowboys in steals (2.2 steals pergame). He tied for first on the team in rebounding (7.4 rpg) and was secondin scoring (11.4 ppg), assists (4.5 apg) and blocked shots (0.9 bspg).Blakes scored in double figures in 18 of 27 games this season.

Udezue Pushes Scoring Average Above 20 Point Mark: Sophomore center UgoUdezue ended the 1998-99 season averaging 20.5 points per game for theseason. Only 11 players in University of Wyoming history, other than Udezue,have averaged over 20 points per game for a single season. Flynn Robinson accomplished the feat three different seasons.Fennis Dembo, Carl Ashley and Tony Windis did it twice. Udezue broke the 500-point plateau for the season when he scored 21in the win over Air Force on Thursday, Feb. 25. He ended his sophomoreseason with 575 points for the season. Among the former great Cowboys who never averaged over 20 points ina single season were: Reginald Slater (now with the Toronto Raptors), TheoRatliff (now with the Philadelphia 76ers), Eric Leckner, Bill Garnett andCharles Bradley. Here are the Cowboys who averaged over 20 points per game in asingle-season throughout the history of Wyoming Basketball.(Listed Chronologically) ScoringPlayer Avg. SeasonUgo Udezue 20.5 1998-99LaDrell Whitehead 21.7 1996-97Fennis Dembo 20.4 1987-88Fennis Dembo 20.3 1986-87Willie Roberson 20.1 1970-71Carl Ashley 21.3 1969-70Carl Ashley 21.0 1968-69Stan Dodds 20.7 1969-70Harry Hall 20.1 1967-68Leon Clark 22.4 1965-66Dick Sherman 21.2 1965-66Flynn Robinson 27.0 1964-65Flynn Robinson 25.6 1963-64Flynn Robinson 26.2 1962-63Tony Windis 24.3 1958-59Tony Windis 20.9 1957-58Joe Capua 24.5 1955-56

Cowboys Attract 25th Largest Crowd in Double A History: On Saturday, Feb.20, 1999, Wyoming attracted 12,099 fans, the largest crowd of the season andthe 25th largest crowd in Arena-Auditorium history. In the 17-year history of the Double A, there have been 11 sellouts(over 15,000), 25 games of 12,000 or more fans and 52 games of over 10,000fans. The largest crowd in Double A history was on Jan. 21, 1995, when15,218 against Brigham Young.

1998-99 Cowboys Among Top Scoring Teams in UW History: In only his firstseason as Wyoming head basketball coach Steve McClain made an immediateimpact on the Cowboy program. The Pokes averaged 81.6 points per game,which ranks as the seventh highest scoring average in school history.

Rank Wyoming Team Scoring Average1. 1965-66 91.02. 1964-65 86.33. 1967-68 85.64. 1969-70 83.95. 1990-91 82.56. 1968-69 82.27. 1998-99 81.68. 1987-88 78.39. 1977-78 78.0 1963-64 78.0 ****Attention media: For a complete copy of the 1998-99 Season Wrap-up please contact the UW Sports Information office at (307) 766-2256.