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December 15, 1998


Date:  Dec. 15, 1998Wyoming Basketball Contacts:Kevin McKinney, Sports Information DirectorTim Harkins, Assistant Sports Information Director

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The University of Wyoming Cowboys (5-2, 0-0 in the WAC Mountain) 1998-99 AveragesProbable Starters Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG APGF #0 LeDarion Jones 6-7 232 RJr. Bartow, Fla. 13.6 7.0 0.9F #22 Josh Davis 6-8 210 Fr. Salem, Ore. 12.3 8.6 1.3C #4 Ugo Udezue 6-8 237 So. Anambra, Nigeria 18.9 8.4 0.9G #5 Anthony Blakes 6-2 172 RJr. Phoenix, Ariz. 7.3 4.7 4.1G #10 Chris McMillian 5-10 175 Fr. Brea, Calif. 9.3 3.4 5.7ReservesG #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. Hasn't yet playedG #14 Brett McFall 6-0 173 So. Olathe, Kan. 4.3 1.7 1.4F/C #21 John Pettersson 6-9 210 Fr. Lulea, Sweden 0.9 1.0 0.6F/C #33 Antone Lostetter 6-8 217 Jr. Espanola, N.M. 3.1 2.4 0.6F #40 Justin French 6-6 210 Jr. Fort Collins, Colo. 4.3 2.3 0.7F #50 Marty Kleeman 6-6 215 Sr. Afton, Wyo. 0.0 0.0 0.0 F #52 Bradley Mann 6-6 190 Jr. Bourbonnais, Ill. 5.3 2.0 2.0

Game No. 8: Mon., Dec. 21, 1998, Laramie, Wyo., 7:38 p.m., M.T.vs. The Alcorn State Braves, 5-2, 0-0 in the Southwestern Athletic)(Prior to Game on Dec. 19 at Oregon) 1998-99 Averages Probable Starters Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG APGF #20 Eddrick Wheaton 6-8 210 Sr. Bay Springs, Miss.11.9 5.7 2.6F #44 Marcus Fleming 6-8 215 Fr. Fayette, Miss. 5.8 4.7 0.0C #55 Walter Harper 6-8 220 Fr. Jackson, Miss. 6.6 6.3 0.4G #12 Reuben Stiff 5-11 170 Sr. Jackson, Miss. 10.7 4.6 3.7G #24 Donald Fleming 6-4 190 Jr. Fayette, Miss. 5.5 2.0 0.3ReservesG #10 Treymaine Chambers 5-11 170 Jr. Kansas City, Mo. 4.9 2.4 1.7F #13 Howard Newkirk 6-5 205 So. Ocean Springs, Miss. 0.0 1.7 0.0C #21 Orko Guyton 6-10 235 Sr. Columbus, Miss. 2.6 4.1 0.4G #22 Wallace Harris 6-3 190 Jr. Las Vegas, Nev. 7.3 2.0 0.9G #32 Devin Pack 6-0 185 So. Brandon, Miss. 5.7 1.0 0.8F #33 Terrance Cameron 6-5 220 Jr. Port Gibson, Miss.5.5 3.0 0.5F #34 Karl Jones 6-6 230 Fr. Shelby, Miss. 9.6 2.9 1.4G #35 Tori Harris 6-5 180 Fr. Macon, Miss. 2.2 1.4 0.6G #40 John Jobe 6-4 200 So. Hercules, Calif. 1.0 2.0 1.0

Comparative Stats: Here is how the Wyoming Cowboys and Alcorn State Bravescompare statistically. Reb. Avg. Pts. Scoring FG-FGA % 3P-3PA % FT-FTA % Avg. Given Up Avg. Wyoming 209-468 .447 46-144 .319 93-149 .624 44.4 73.0 79.6Alcorn State 181-439 .412 47-137 .343 96-152 .632 41.6 62.9 72.1UW Margins +.035 -.024 -.008 +2.8 -10.1 +7.5

Steve McClain Radio Coach's Show: The Steve McClain Radio Coach's Show willair every Tuesday at 7 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Nov. 24. The show will beoriginated by KFBC-Radio of Cheyenne, and will be carried on Cowboy SportsNetwork affiliate stations throughout the season. The show will be hosted by the "Voice of the Cowboys" Dave Walsh. Cowboy fans will also be able to call in and ask Coach McClainquestions about the 1998-99 Wyoming Cowboys. The phone numbers for thecall-in portion of the program are: 1-800-388-7353 or 1-307-634-1240.

Steve McClain Television Coach's Show: The Steve McClain Television Coach'sShow will be televised by KTWO-TV each Sunday at 10:30 p.m., beginningSunday, Dec. 6. Head basketball coach Steve McClain and Dave Walsh will review thepast week in Cowboy Basketball and will take a look ahead to the upcomingweek's games.

Roadies: The Wyoming Cowboys have played very well on the road this season,posting a 2-0 record in road games. The Pokes defeated Nevada in Reno,Nev., on Nov. 23 by a score of 73-69, and won at North Texas in Denton,Texas, on Nov. 12 by a score of 87-67. In other games played away from Laramie, the Cowboys are 1-1 inneutral-site games, defeating Montana State in Billings, Mont., by a scoreof 90-76 on Nov. 27. The only game Wyoming has lost away from Laramie this season was tothen No. 13 ranked Arizona in Phoenix, Ariz., by a score of 84-94 on Dec. 5.

Cowboys Defeat Buffs for Second Consecutive Season, Record First Win by HomeTeam in the Last Six Years of the Series: Wednesday's 67-66 Wyoming winover Colorado was the second consecutive victory in the series for theCowboys. Last year, the Pokes defeated CU in Boulder by a score of 62-58. Prior to this week's home win by Wyoming, the visiting team had wonthe last five consecutive meetings in the UW-CU series, beginning with the1993-94 season. Wyoming now leads the series with CU 38-34.

Udezue Named WAC Player of the Week: Wyoming sophomore Ugo Udezue had amagnificent week this past week as he averaged 33.5 points, 14.0 reboundsand shot 65.9 percent from the field while leading UW to two wins overColorado and North Texas. Against Colorado, he scored a career high 36 points and grabbed 11rebounds in a 67-66 home victory over CU. In that game, Udezue shot 71.4percent from the field (15 of 21), including a tip in with 10 secondsremaining to give the Cowboys the one-point win. On Saturday at North Texas, he recorded his second consecutive30-point game and second consecutive double-double with 31 points and 17rebounds on way to an 87-67 victory. Udezue shot 60.0 percent from thefield (12 of 20). His 17 rebounds were a career high.

Back-to-Back 30-Point Games by Udezue Leads to Wins Over Colorado and NorthTexas: Back-to-back 30-point games have been rare in the recent history ofWyoming Cowboy Basketball, but Cowboy center Ugo Udezue joined some elitecompany this past week with consecutive 30-point games in wins againstColorado and North Texas. Udezue scored a career high 36 points in a 67-66 home victory overColorado on Dec. 9. He then scored 31 on Dec. 12 in an 87-67 road win overNorth Texas. The last Wyoming player to score 30 or more points in back-to-backgames was LaDrell Whitehead in the 1996-97 season. Whitehead scored 36 in a71-78 loss at Colorado State on Jan. 11, 1997, and followed that up with a32-point performance in a 75-82 loss at San Diego State on Jan. 16, 1997. The only other player to post back-to-back 30-point games in thepast 15 seasons, dating back to the 1984-85 season, was Robyn Davis in the1988-89 season. Davis scored 31 points in an 81-75 home victory over UTEPon Jan. 12, 1989. Then on Jan. 14, 1989, Davis scored 34 points in an89-106 home loss to New Mexico.

Udezue's 36 Points Versus CU, Fourth Best Individual Performance inArena-Auditorium History: Sophomore center Ugo Udezue enjoyed one of thegreatest games in Arena-Auditorium history on Wednesday, Dec. 9. He scored36 points, including a tip in with 10 seconds remaining, to lead the Cowboysto a 67-66 come-from-behind win over the Colorado Buffaloes. Udezue's 36 points ranks fourth in Arena-Auditorium history, and isthe second best performance by a Cowboy in the Double A since it opened onFeb. 20, 1982. Here are the top individual scoring performances since theArena-Auditorium opened.

Arena-Auditorium Single-Game Scoring BestsIndividual and School Points Date and Opponent1. Maurice Alexander, Wyoming 49 Feb. 9, 1991, vs. New Mexico2. LaZelle Durden, Cincinnati 45 Dec. 17, 1994, vs. Wyoming3. Michael Cage, San Diego State40 Dec. 6, 1984, vs. Wyoming4. Ugo Udezue, Wyoming 36 Dec. 9, 1998, vs. Colorado5. Askia Jones, Kansas State 35 Jan. 2, 1992, vs. Wyoming Reginald Slater, Wyoming 35 Feb. 23, 1991, vs. San Diego State Reginald Slater, Wyoming 35 Dec. 16, 1990, vs. Memphis State8. Robyn Davis, Wyoming 34 Jan. 14, 1989, vs. New Mexico9. Theo Ratliff, Wyoming 32 Jan. 24, 1994, vs. Hawai'i Maurice Alexander, Wyoming 32 Jan. 17, 1991, vs. Utah

Wyoming Trends To Date: Through the first seven games here are some trendsthat have developed for the Wyoming Cowboys.

When the Cowboys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . They areLead at Halftime 4-1Shoot Better from the Field Than Opponent 5-1Shoot Better from the Free-Throw Line Than Opponent 4-0Have More Defensive Rebounds Than Opponent 4-0Have More Assists Than Opponent 4-1Have Their Starting Frontcourt Outscore the Opponent 4-1

Hold Em Under 80: In all five of Wyoming's wins this season, one statistichas been common to all five wins -- the Cowboys have held their opponentsunder 80 points.

Cowboy Injury Report: Wyoming has two Cowboys on the injury list enteringthis week. Here is their current condition.Player, Injury StatusLevi Porter, Hamstring DoubtfulAndy Young, Injured backand stress fracture in hip Out 2-3 weeks

Triple-Double-Double: When people talk of double-doubles in basketball theyare referring to a player scoring in double figures and grabbingdouble-figure rebounds or handing out double-figure assists. A triple-double is having double figures in each of threecategories. But the Wyoming Cowboys accomplished something very unique on Dec. 9in a 67-66 win over Colorado. We're going to call it atriple-double-double. Three Cowboys each recorded a double-double against the Buffaloes.Forward LeDarion Jones scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Fellowforward Josh Davis scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and center UgoUdezue scored 36 points and pulled down 11 boards.

Double-Doubles: There has been a rash of double-double games by Cowboyplayers this season. Freshman Josh Davis, sophomore Ugo Udezue and junior LeDarion Joneshave all enjoyed double-double games this season. Here is a game-by-gamelisting.Double-Double GamesJosh Davis 22 points, 13 rebounds vs. Arizona 10 points, 11 rebounds vs. Colorado

LeDarion Jones 10 points, 10 rebounds vs. Denver 12 points, 10 rebounds vs. Colorado

Ugo Udezue 15 points, 12 rebounds vs. Idaho St. 36 points, 11 rebounds vs. Colorado 31 points, 17 rebounds vs. N. Texas

International Flavor: The Wyoming Cowboys fit with the current trend incollege basketball of recruiting international players. Wyoming has twointernational players on its roster. Here are the international Cowboys.

Wyoming International PlayersJohn Pettersson, Lulea, Sweden Ugo Udezue, Anambra, Nigeria

Consistency: Consistency has been one key to Wyoming's success this season.

LeDarion Jones has scored in double figures in all seven games thisseason. Ugo Udezue and Josh Davis have scored in double figures in six ofseven games.

Balance: Balance has been another key to the Cowboys successful start. Wyoming has had at least three individuals score in double figuresin each of its first seven games, making it difficult for opponents to focuson any one Cowboy.Game Players Scoring in Double FiguresDenver (6) Blakes, Davis, Jones, Lostetter, McFall, Udezueat Nevada (4) Blakes, Jones, McMillian, Udezuevs. Montana St. (5) Davis, Jones, Mann, McMillian, UdezueIdaho State (3) Davis, Jones, Udezuevs. Arizona (4) Blakes, Davis, Jones, McMillianColorado (3) Davis, Jones, Udezueat North Texas (5) Davis, French, Jones, McMillian, Udezue

Balance -- Part Two: Of Wyoming's current 13-man roster, nine differentindividuals have had double-figure scoring games through the first sevengames. Those individuals are: Anthony Blakes, Josh Davis, Justin French,LeDarion Jones, Antone Lostetter, Bradley Mann, Brett McFall, ChrisMcMillian and Ugo Udezue. Four different Cowboys have scored 20 or more points in a game thisseason. They are: Josh Davis, LeDarion Jones, Bradley Mann and Ugo Udezue. When you consider that two of UW's 13 players, guards Levi Porterand Andy Young, have been unable to play due to injuries, that means nine of11 active players have scored in double figures.

Wyoming Plays Alcorn State for Only the Second Time in Two Schools'Histories: Next Monday's matchup between the Wyoming Cowboys and AlcornState Braves will be only the second time the two schools have met on thebasketball court. The only previous meeting was in the 1995 Cowboy Shootout in Casper,Wyo., when Wyoming defeated Alcorn State 87-64 on Dec. 28, 1995. That gamewas played in the first round of the Shootout. Wyoming went on to defeatOhio State 73-67 the next day in the Shootout Championship game. AlcornState lost to Eastern Kentucky in the Consolation Game 76-82.

Alcorn State Braves Bring 1-0 Record Against WAC Teams Into Meeting WithWyoming: The Alcorn State Braves may not be a team that Wyoming fans knowmuch about, but they are a talented team which has already defeated one WACteam this season. On Dec. 5, Alcorn traveled to SMU and came away with aone-point win, 75-74. Here are some facts about Alcorn State Location Lorman, Miss.Nickname BravesColors Purple and GoldConference Southwestern Athletic (SWAC)Other Conference Members Grambling, Jackson State, Southern, among othersEnrollment 3,193Head Coach Davey L. WhitneyCoach's Overall Record 478-297 (.617), 28th seasonCoach's Record at School 423-234 (.644), 23rd season

Alcorn State Schedule/Results: The Alcorn State Braves enter this week witha 5-2 record -- identical to Wyoming's record. Alcorn State does have one game to play prior to coming to Laramieon Monday, Dec. 21. The Braves play at Oregon on Saturday, Dec. 19 Here are Alcorn State's results to date.Date Opponent ScoreNov. 14 at Alabama-Birmingham L 57-70Nov. 18 South Alabama W 62-44Nov. 23 Texas Southern W 72-54Nov. 25 Prairie View W 85-72Dec. 2 at Illinois State L 73-86Dec. 5 at SMU W 75-74Dec. 12 Tougaloo College W 81-40

Knockin Em Down: Wyoming has out shot all but one of its opponents thisseason from the field. The only game UW didn't shoot better from the fieldthan its opponent was the Denver game. The Pokes are 5-1 when shooting better from the field than theiropposition. The only game Wyoming lost when shooting better from the fieldwas against then No. 13 ranked Arizona. For the season, Wyoming is shooting 44.7 percent from the field,while holding its opponents to only 39.1 percent shooting.

Putting it Up: Another interesting statistical note thus far in the 1998-99season reflects Wyoming's new up-tempo style. Thus far this season, Wyoming has averaged 66.9 field goal attemptsper game. A year ago, the Pokes averaged only 47.7 shots per game. Thisyear's team is averaging 19.2 more field goal attempts per game than lastyear's Cowboys. A year ago, the Pokes made an average of only 19.9 field goals pergame. This season, UW is making 29.9 field goals -- an average of 10.0 moreper game.

Four of Wyoming's 1998-99 Opponents Coming Off Postseason Play: The WyomingCowboys are coming off a 1998 postseason tournament berth of their own, andare looking ahead to a 1998-99 schedule that features four opponents whichmade it to postseason play a year ago. Fellow WAC schools TCU and UNLVappeared in the 1998 NCAA Tournament, as did non-conference opponentArizona. WAC rival Colorado State, like Wyoming, earned a NationalInvitation Tournament (NIT) bid. CSU, UNLV and TCU will of course all be making appearances inWyoming's Arena-Auditorium this coming season. Add to that WAC member Tulsa, which didn't make it to postseason ayear ago, but did earn NCAA Tournament bids in the previous four years, andyou have quite a schedule for 1998-99.Wyoming's 1998-99 Opponents in the:1998 NCAA 1998 NITWAC Opponents WAC OpponentsUNLV Colorado StateTCUNon-conference Non-conferenceArizona None

Future Star: Wyoming freshman Josh Davis has put up some impressive numbersas a starter this season, so we thought it would be interesting to comparehim to some of the great Cowboy freshmen from the past. Davis is currently averaging 12.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.Here is how his freshman averages compare to some other pretty good Cowboyfreshmen. Freshman FreshmanPlayer Freshman Season Scoring Average Rebounding AverageJosh Davis 1998-99 12.3 ppg 8.6 rpgCharles Bradley 1977-78 13.7 ppg 6.2 rpg Fennis Dembo 1984-85 13.5 ppg 7.3 rpgBill Garnett 1978-79 9.3 ppg 6.8 rpgKenneth Ollie 1977-78 9.0 ppg 5.0 rpgTim Breaux 1988-89 8.7 ppg 3.5 rpgEric Leckner 1984-85 8.4 ppg 3.9 rpgReginald Slater 1988-89 6.2 ppg 6.8 rpgHL Coleman 1993-94 3.3 ppg 4.2 rpgTheo Ratliff 1991-92 1.8 ppg 2.0 rpg

Fresh Faces: In Wyoming's first game of the 1998-99 season, every Cowboy inthe starting lineup was starting their first game at Wyoming. Two junior transfers, guard Anthony Blakes and forward LeDarionJones were in the starting lineup along with sophomore center Ugo Udezue. The other two starters were true freshmen Josh Davis at forward andChris McMillian at point guard. That starting lineup has started every game entering this week'sgames. The only two starters Wyoming has returning from last year's 19-9squad that earned an NIT bid are junior forward Justin French and juniorpoint guard Andy Young. French is averaging 16.6 minutes per game this season, coming offthe bench. Young played only eight minutes in the season opener against DU andhasn't played in any games since due to back and hip injuries he has beensuffering with throughout the fall.

About Alcorn State Head Coach Davey Whitney: Davey Whitney is a legend incollege basketball. Whitney enters this week with an overall recordof 478-297 (.617) in his 28th season. His record at Alcorn State stands at423-234 (.644) in his 23rd season entering this week. Whitney entered the 1998-99 season No. 22 in the nation among activecoaches in number of wins. He needs only 22 more victories to reach the500-win plateau. He is the winningest coach in Alcorn State history. Whitney is a 1953 graduate of Kentucky State University.

Defense Remains Strength for Pokes This Season: Wyoming's defense wasoutstanding in the 1997-98 season. The Cowboys completed the season holdingopponents to only 38.5 percent shooting from the field. This season the Pokes have continued that fine defensive play,holding opponents to 39.1 percent shooting from the field. Until last season, the Cowboys had not held an opponent under 40.0percent shooting for a season since the 1981-82 season when future NBAplayers Bill Garnett and Chris Engler were seniors. The best defensive teams in Wyoming history were those of BasketballHall of Fame Coach Everett Shelton. Shelton's 1950-51 team held opponentsto only 28.0 percent shooting. Here is a breakdown of the best Cowboy defensive teams sincecomplete statistics were kept beginning with the 1950-51 season.

UW's Best Defensive Teams Ranked by Field-Goal % Defense 1. 1950-51 28.0 percent 2. 1953-54 29.4 percent 1952-53 29.4 percent 4. 1951-52 31.1 percent 5. 1954-55 31.4 percent 6. 1955-56 34.9 percent 7. 1957-58 37.1 percent 8. 1997-98 38.5 percent9. 1998-99 39.1 percent 10. 1959-60 39.5 percent

Early-Season Strengths: A look at the Western Athletic Conferencestatistical categories entering this week show the following strengths forthe Cowboys. Wyoming is ranked: *No. 2 in the WAC in rebounding 44.4 rebounds per game *No. 3 in the WAC in field-goal percentage defense .391 *No. 4 in the WAC in three-point fg percentage defense .297 *No. 5 in the WAC in three-point fgs per game 6.6 threes per game *No. 5 in the WAC in scoring 79.6 points per game *No. 6 in the WAC in blocks 4.1 blocks per game *No. 6 in the WAC in steals 8.7 steals per game

1998 WAC Preseason Media Poll: On Oct. 14, 1998, the Western AthleticConference released its annual poll of WAC media members. The Wyoming Cowboys are picked to finish fifth in the WAC MountainDivision. Here is the 1998 WAC Preseason Poll.

Mountain Division Place (First-Place Votes) Total Points1. TCU (14) 2112. UNLV (13) 2093. Tulsa (1) 1704. SMU 1375. Wyoming 1306. Colorado State 1077. Rice 768. Air Force 40

Pacific DivisionPlace (First-Place Votes) Total Points1. Utah (23) 2282. New Mexico (5) 2083. Fresno State 1744. Hawai'i 1405. Brigham Young 986. UTEP 977. San Diego State 928. San Jose State 43

Picks for WAC Tournament Champion: Utah (18), New Mexico (6), TCU (2), UNLV (1) and Tulsa (1).

Udezue, One of Only Three Players in WAC to Rank in Top 10 in Scoring andRebounding: Wyoming sophomore center Ugo Udezue is one of only threeplayers in the WAC to currently rank among the Top 10 individuals in scoringand rebounding for the 1998-99 season. Below are the three and where they rank. WAC Rank (Avg.)Player, School Scoring ReboundsUgo Udezue, UW 6th (18.9) 5th (8.4)Lee Nailon, TCU 2nd (23.9) 4th (8.6)M.Gainous, TCU 5th (19.3) 2nd (9.7)(M. Gainous is Marquise Gainous of TCU.)

WAC Statistics: Here is where the Wyoming Cowboys ranked in severalstatistical categories entering this week's competition.

WAC Rankings (Through Games of Dec. 14, 1998)

Team Categories Wyoming's RankingsScoring 5th (79.6 points per game)Scoring Defense 9th (73.0 points per game)Scoring Margin 9th (+6.6)Rebounds 2nd (44.4 rebounds per game)Rebound Margin 9th (+2.3)Field-Goal Percentage 9th (.447)Field-Goal Percentage Defense 3rd (.391)Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage 10th (.319)Three-Point FG Percentage Defense 4th (.297)Three-Point Field Goals Per Game 5th (6.6 threes per game)Free-Throw Percentage 13th (.624)Turnover Margin 9th (-1.3)Blocks 6th (4.1 blocks per game)Steals 6th (8.7 steals per game)

Individual Categories Wyoming's RankingsScoring Ugo Udezue, 6th (18.9)Field-Goal Percentage Ugo Udezue, 5th (.587) LeDarion Jones, 19th (.443)Free-Throw Percentage Chris McMillian, 16th (.743)Rebounds Josh Davis, 3rd (8.6 rpg) Ugo Udezue, 5th (8.4 rpg) LeDarion Jones, 11th (7.0 rpg)Assists Chris McMillian, 5th (5.7 apg) Anthony Blakes, 12th (4.1 apg)Blocks Josh Davis, 9th (1.3 bpg) Anthony Blakes, 18th (1.0 bpg) John Pettersson, 20th (0.9 bpg)Steals Chris McMillian, Tied 6th (2.3 spg)