Cancun Challenge Begins Tuesday Night for Wyoming Cowboy Basketball

Nov. 22, 2010


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Listen to the game against Missouri through Wyoming All-Access on the Cowboy Sports Network!
Listen to the game against Providence or La Salle through Wyoming All-Access on the Cowboy Sports Network!

A tough test awaits the Wyoming Cowboy basketball team as they will open the Cancun Challenge this Tuesday and play games on back-to-back nights at the Aventura Spa Resort in Cancun, Mexico.

The Cowboys will open the tournament against No. 14/15 Missouri on Tuesday night at 5 p.m. (Mountain Time). On Wednesday night, the Pokes will play either Providence or La Salle depending on Tuesday's results. If the Cowboys beat Missouri, Wednesday's game will begin at 7:30 p.m. (MT) and if they lose it will begin at 5 p.m. (MT).

A Look at the Field:
A total of eight teams will participate in the Cancun Challenge and will be divided into two divisions. The Cowboys (2-2 overall) will be in the Riviera Division along with No. 14/15 Missouri, Providence and La Salle. Missouri enters the tournament with a 2-0 record, Providence is currently 4-0 and La Salle is 3-1. The Cowboys trail the all-time series with Missouri 3-1, are 1-0 all-time against La Salle and have never played Providence.

The other side of the tournament, the Mayan Division, will feature North Florida, Western Illinois, Prairie View A&M and Morgan State.

Wyoming's Leaders:
A pair of Cowboys enter the Cancun Challenge averaging over 10 points a game, senior Djibril Thiam (11.5 ppg) and sophomore Desmar Jackson (10.3 ppg). Junior JayDee Luster is tied for sixth in the Mountain West Conference with 3.8 assists a game. He also ranks No. 5 in the league with an assist to turnover ratio of 2.1 to 1. Sophomore Brian Gibson leads the Pokes in rebounding with 5.3 boards a game.

Cowboys in the Midst of Busiest Stretch of the Season:
The Cowboys are in the middle of their busiest stretch of games of the season. This week's participation in the Cancun Challenge will conclude a stretch of five games over nine days.

The Cowboys began this busy stretch last Tuesday by traveling to Northern Colorado. After a snow storm forced the team to stay an extra night in Greeley, they returned to action last Thursday night and hosted North Florida. The Pokes then hosted Western Illinois last Saturday.

Where to Watch and Listen:
Both of Wyoming's games in Cancun will be televised by CBS College Sports. The games will be called by the broadcast team of Thad Anderson (play-by-play) and Pete Gillen (color commentary).

The games can also be heard on the radio through the Cowboy Sports Network, as well as on the internet at through Wyoming All-Access.