Nov. 12, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The 105th season of Wyoming Cowboy basketball will begin this Friday night, as the Cowboys host South Dakota State at 7:30 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium. This will mark the season opener for both the Cowboys and Jackrabbits.
Wyoming enters the 2009-10 season on a five-game winning streak in season-opening games. In Cowboy basketball history, the Cowboys have posted a 69-35 (.663) record in their first game of each season.
In home openers, the Cowboys are even more impressive. In fact, the Pokes have posted an all-time record of 83-21 (.798) in their first home game of each season.
The Cowboys are fresh off of an impressive exhibition win over Regis University. Last Saturday, the Pokes beat Regis 78-60 behind a great scoring night by junior Djibril Thiam. Thiam scored what would have been a career high 24 points in the win. Sophomore Afam Muojeke, who was the 2009 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year, added 18 points for UW. Redshirt sophomore JayDee Luster handed out 11 assists and scored eight points in his first game in a Brown and Gold uniform.
South Dakota State, of the Summit League, is coming off of a 13-20 record from a year ago. They return all five starters and 10 letterwinners from that team. They are led by junior guard Garrett Callahan who averaged 15.8 points, 1.9 assists and shot 42.7 percent from three-point range last season.
South Dakota State played one exhibition game this season, defeating Dakota State 72-58.
Wyoming leads the all-time series with South Dakota State 2-0. The two teams met twice in UW's War Memorial Fieldhouse in the 1960's. Wyoming won both meetings, 77-58 on Dec. 14, 1962 and 106-61 on Dec. 5, 1969.
Following Friday's season-opener, the Cowboys will return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 18. That day, the Pokes will welcome Peru State to the Arena-Auditorium for a 7 p.m. game.