Nov. 24, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Riding a two-game winning streak, the Wyoming Cowboy basketball team will take to the road for the first time this season as they travel to Denver, Colo. to take on the DU Pioneers. The game will begin at 7 p.m. from DU's Magness Arena and will be televised by FSN Rocky Mountain.
Wednesday's game will mark the 145th all-time meeting between the Wyoming Cowboys (2-1 overall) and the Denver Pioneers (2-1 overall). The Cowboys lead the all-time series 98-46 and are 36-32 in games played in Denver. This season marks the 17th consecutive season that these two teams have met. This also marks the fourth longest rivalry for the Cowboys, trailing only Colorado State (211 meetings), BYU (170 meetings) and Utah (166 meetings).
Thus far this season, the Cowboys have been led by sophomore Afam Muojeke, who is the second leading scorer in the Mountain West Conference at 21.0 points per game. In UW's win over Boise State this past Saturday, Muojeke scored his 500th career point and has now scored 517 in his short career.
The past two UW games have featured the emergence of junior forward Djibril Thiam. Thiam tallied career high scoring totals in both games, 18 against Peru State and 19 against Boise State. On the year, Thiam is averaging 15.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.
Denver, who has also won two consecutive games, opened the year with a loss to Northern Iowa (71-65), but then rebounded to beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff (75-56) and Montana (56-49). All three of DU's games have been played in Denver.
Denver's roster features three players who are averaging double-figures in scoring, including senior Nate Rohnert (17.0 ppg), sophomore Brian Stafford (14.7 ppg) and junior Andrew Hopper (14.3 ppg). Rohnert also leads the team with 6.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists a game.
Denver is coached by Joe Scott, who is in his third season with the Pioneers. He has posted a record of 28-36 (.438) in his time at DU.
Following Wednesday's game, the Cowboys will return to Laramie to host the 2009 World Vision Challenge over Thanksgiving weekend. The tournament will be played at the Arena-Auditorium from Friday through Sunday and will feature two games each day. The Cowboys will welcome Pepperdine, Hampton and Monmouth to the tournament.
The Cowboys will open the tournament against Monmouth on Friday at 7:30 p.m., will then play Hampton on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and will finally play Pepperdine on Sunday at 3 p.m.