Nov. 30, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys (3-2 overall, 0-0 in the Mountain West Conference) travel to Akron, Ohio, to face the Akron Zips (4-1 overall, 0-0 in the Mid-American Conference) on Saturday in a game scheduled for 5 p.m., Mountain Time.
Wyoming and Akron have played two previous times, with the Cowboys winning both previous meetings. UW won the first-ever meeting between the two schools on Nov. 23, 1999, by a score of 84-68 in a game played in Laramie, Wyo. The following season, UW traveled to Akron, Ohio, and defeated the Zips, 81-73, on Dec. 23, 2000.
Akron is coming of an outstanding 2006-07 season that saw them post a 26-7 record and a 13-3 mark in the MAC to capture the East Division crown. Akron lost in the MAC Tournament Championship, and despite their outstanding season, did not participate in either the NCAA or NIT Tournament.
The Wyoming Cowboys are coming off one of the best performances of the 2007-08 season. UW defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff this past Monday by a score of 78-59 in Laramie. In his first year as head coach of the Wyoming Cowboys, Heath Schroyer has emphasized to his players that to be successful the Cowboys needed to implement a more unselfish, team-oriented offense. That system is beginning to display itself as the two Cowboys currently rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the Mountain West Conference in assists, and as a team Wyoming ranks No. 4 in the conference in assists. Junior Brandon Ewing is leading the MWC in assists, handing out 5.00 assists per game. His backcourt mate Brad Jones ranks second, averaging 4.60 per game. As a team, the Pokes average 15.40 assists to tie with TCU for fourth in the nine-team Mountain West.
Another emphasis for Schroyer is defense, and that emphasis also began to pay dividends in the Pokes most recent win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Wyoming held UAPB to only 30.1 percent shooting from the field (22 of 73) and only 15.0 percent shooting from three (3 of 20).
On offense, the Wyoming Cowboys made 13 three-pointers in their most recent game versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Those 13 threes tie for the second best three-point shooting output in UW school history. UW also hit 13 threes versus Fresno State on Jan. 27, 1996, in a home game, and made 13 against Idaho on Jan. 3, 2000, on the road. The school record for three-point field goals made in a game is 14 threes against Hawaii-Pacific on Nov. 26, 1999, in an away game.
Sophomore starting forward Ryan Dermody scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Wyoming's win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff this past Monday. That marked Dermody's second double-double of the season and his second in the first five games of the 2007-08 season. He also scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the season opener against Colorado-Colorado Springs.
Saturday's Wyoming-Akron game will be broadcast on radio over the Cowboys Sports Network, beginning with the pregame show at 4:30 p.m.,Mountain Time. There is no television coverage of Saturday's game.
Following Wyoming's game Saturday at Akron, the Pokes will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 8 at home versus the Colorado Buffaloes. That game will tip off at 2:00 p.m.