Cowboy Basketball Greats Reunite on the Hardwood

Sept. 27, 2008


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On Saturday night some of the greatest Cowboy basketball players came home to the Arena-Auditorium for a very special alumni match-up. Though the score wasn't as important as the occasion, the Brown team came away with a 105-96 win over the Gold team.

The highlight of the night was not Reggie Slater's 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Brown team, nor was it Sly Johnson's 20 points for the Gold team. The play of the game and the emotion of such a special night were brought to life at the beginning of the second half when Oliver Wilson, Cowboy player from 1984-87, came into the game as an honorary free-throw shooter. Wilson, who is battling cancer, knocked down two shots and captured the spirit of the evening. Before the night was done, over $10,000 was raised to support Wilson and his family through the generous contributions of Wyoming fans.

The victorious Brown team, which was commanded by former UW head coach Jim Brandenburg, was led by Slater and Brett McFall who each scored 22 points. Slater, the event organizer, finished with a double-double in the game as he also had 11 rebounds. Kenny Smith added a double-double of his own with 11 points and 11 assists.

The Gold squad, who was coached by Charles Bradley and Kenny Sailors, had six players score in double figures with Sly Johnson leading the way with 20 points. Kerry McIntyre and Rick Henry each chipped in 18 points.

The Brown team roster included Clint Bean, Justin French, Bill Garnett, Tim Hunt, Brett McFall, Reggie Slater, Kenny Smith, Bobby Traylor, Ugo Udezue, Oliver Wilson and Mark Wrapp.

The White team consisted of Mike Brown, Fennis Dembo, Brad Enzi, Rick Henry, A.J. Johnson, Sly Johnson, Kerry McIntyre, Joe Ries, Gregg Sawyer and Roman Totta.

Other former Cowboys who were in attendance but did not play included Les Bolden, Turk Boyd, Sean Dent, Willie Jones, Rod Tyson, Theo Ratliff and Tony Windis.

Prior to the game, there was also a three-point contest that pitted alumni players against current Cowboys. Cowboy senior Brandon Ewing won the contest by netting 15 points in a one-minute period.

Anyone interested in donating to Oliver Wilson and his family may do so on the internet at Donations can also be made through UniWyo Federal Credit Union in Laramie.