Nov. 23, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming will make its third of three consecutive road trips of the 2007-08 season when it travels to Wichita, Kan., for a Saturday night matchup with the Wichita State Shockers on Nov. 24. The game is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m., Mountain Time (7 p.m., Central Time).
First-year head coach Heath Schroyer has emphasized that winning on the road is something the Cowboys must learn to be successful at this season. Wyoming lost its first road game of the year at Denver on Nov. 13 by a 65-76 score. The Cowboys bounced back with a 75-71 road win at Lamar on Nov. 19.
Wyoming's 75-71 road win at Lamar last Monday marked the first road win for the Wyoming Cowboys since Jan. 3, 2007, when UW defeated San Diego State 66-65 to open Mountain West Conference play. The Cowboys had lost seven consecutive road games prior to last Monday's victory.
Senior forward Joseph Taylor played one of the best games of his two-year career at Wyoming on Monday, Nov. 19 against Lamar. Taylor scored 13 points, pulled down nine rebounds, handed out two assists and made two steals in 27 minutes of action versus the Cardinals. All of those statistics were season highs for Taylor. The Los Angeles native also had three dunks on the night, while shooting 75.0 percent from the field (6 of 8) on the night. His 13 points marked the third double-figure scoring game of his career and first this season.
Taylor currently leads the Mountain West Conference in field-goal percentage, making an amazing 78.6 percent of his field-goal attempts this season. He has missed only three field-goal attempts this season, converting on 11 of the 14 field goals he has attempted.
Playing in only his third college game, Wyoming true freshman Adam Waddell of Cody, Wyo., made a significant contribution to Wyoming's 75-71 road win at Lamar on Nov. 19. All the freshman did was: score 12 points, grab two rebounds and block one shot in 14 minutes of play. Waddell was hampered with foul trouble in the game, or his stats may have been even better. After playing only 14 minutes in the game, he fouled out for the first time in his college career. Waddell was a perfect 4 of 4 from the field and hit 4 of 5 free throws on the night.
Three of this year's Wyoming Cowboys are leading the Mountain West Conference in statistical categories entering this week. Brandon Ewing leads the MWC in scoring, averaging 19.3 points per game. Brad Jones leads in assists, handing out 5.67 per game, and Joseph Taylor leads the league in field-goal percentage, making an amazing 78.6 percent (11 of 14) of his field-goal attempts this season. Ewing also leads in minutes played (37.00 mpg), with Jones a close second (36.67 mpg).
Saturday's game at Wichita State will mark the first game that freshman point guard Marios Matalon will be available for the Wyoming Cowboys. Matalon, from Thessaloniki, Greece, had to miss the first three regular-season games for the Cowboys based on an interpretation from the NCAA. The NCAA often requires international players to be held out of a number of games based on how many games they may have played with their club teams overseas Freshman Mikhail Linskens will not be available to play for the Cowboys until the game at Akron on Saturday, Dec. 1. Linskens, from Bredene, Belgium was required by the NCAA to miss Wyoming's first five regular-season games this season.
Saturday's Wyoming at Wichita State game will be broadcast on radio over the 25 affiliates of the Cowboy Sports Network, beginning with the pregame show one-half hour before game time. There is no television coverage of this Saturday's game.
Following Saturday's game at Wichita State, Wyoming will return home on Monday, Nov. 26 to host Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a 7 p.m. game in the Arena-Auditorium.