Nov. 21, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys and UAB Blazers will meet for the second time in four days when the Cowboys travel to Birmingham, Ala., to face the Blazers in a Wednesday night game to tip off at 6:00 p.m., Mountain Time (7:00 p.m., Central Time).
UW came away with an exciting 93-87 home victory over UAB last Saturday. That victory was keyed by a 35-point performance by junior guard Brad Jones.
Jones was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Cowboys to two wins over teams that earned bids to last year's NCAA Tournament. On Wednesday, Nov. 15, Jones scored 15 points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out six assists as Wyoming defeated Montana, 76-71. On Saturday versus UAB, Jones really took the Cowboys upon his shoulders. He scored a career high 35 points, while also leading the Cowboys in rebounds (8) and assists (6) as he carried the Pokes to the win over UAB.
Jones 35 points tied for the fifth-best individual scoring performance in the 25-year history of Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium.
UAB head coach Mike Davis had this to say about Jones following the game. "Jones just got to the basket whenever he felt like it, and we had nobody who could stop him."
The two leading scorers for the Wyoming Cowboys, Jones and sophomore Brandon Ewing are also the two leading scorers in the Mountain West Conference this season. Jones is averaging 24.7 points per game and Ewing is averaging 23.0.
The Pokes have been scoring points as a team at an impressive rate this season. Wyoming scored 94 in a 94-79 win over Boise State, and totalled 93 in a 93-87 victory against UAB. The only game in UW's first three contests that it hasn't scored 90+ was against Montana in a 76-71 Wyoming win.
UW currently ranks No. 2 in the MWC in scoring, averaging 87.7 points per game.
There is no television coverage of Wednesday's Wyoming-UAB game, but the Cowboys Sports Network radio broadcast will begin one-half hour before tipoff with Dave Walsh and Kevin McKinney describing the action.