Wyoming Hosts Montana in First Basketball Meeting Between the Two Schools Since 1990

Nov. 15, 2006


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Wednesday's meeting between the Wyoming Cowboys and Montana Grizzlies will be the 49th between the two schools. Although the two have played 48 previous times, it has been a long time since the two Rocky Mountain-area universities have played in basketball -- 16 seasons to be exact. Wyoming leads the series 39-9 (.813).

The last meeting between the two was Dec. 9, 1990, when the Cowboys defeated the Grizzlies, 75-67, in Missoula, Mont. That Wyoming squad was coached by Benny Dees, and was led by juniors Reggie Slater and Tim Breaux.

The game is scheduled to tip off at 7:00 p.m., Mountain Time, Wednesday, Nov. 15. There is no television coverage of Wednesday's game.

Wyoming opened its 2006-07 season last Saturday with a convincing 94-79 home win over Boise State. In that game, sophomore guard Brandon Ewing scored a career high 32 points.

That 32-point performance by Ewing ranked among the greatest in Arena-Auditorium history. In fact, it ties him for the ninth best scoring performance in the 25-year history of the Double A. He tied former Wyoming greats Theo Ratliff (32 points vs. Hawaii on Feb. 24, 1994), Ugo Udezue (32 points vs. Texas-Pan American on Feb. 19, 1999) and Maurice Alexander (32 points vs. Utah on Jan. 17, 1991). Alexander also owns the Double A individual scoring record. He scored 49 versus New Mexico on Feb. 9, 1991, to set the record.

With 16:38 remaining in the last Saturday's game and the Cowboys trailing by one point (50-51), Ewing took over the game. He scored the next 12 consecutive points, as the Cowboy defense held Boise State scoreless. His 12 unanswered points put the Cowboys up to stay at 62-51 on way to the 94-79 victory.

Montana will enter Wednesday's game in Laramie with a 1-1 record. The Grizzlies opened the season with an 83-42 home win over Montana State-Northern on Nov. 10. This past Monday, the Griz lost 57-74 to Utah Valley State in a game played in Orem, Utah. A year ago, Montana advanced to the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament, defeating the University of Nevada (87-79) in the first round before falling to Boston College (56-69) in round two.

As with all Cowboy Basketball games, the Cowboy Sports Network will broadcast Wednesday's Wyoming-Montana contest over its 26-affiliate radio stations beginning with the pregame show one-half hour before tipoff.