Dec. 2, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
When they travel to Boise State this Wednesday night, the Cowboy basketball team will have a lot on the line. Not only will the Pokes be looking to keep their current undefeated season in tact, they will also be looking for UW's first 6-0 start since the 1987-88 season. The game will begin at 7:05 p.m. at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho.
During that 1987-88 season, the Cowboys won their first 11 games. Fresh off a trip to the Sweet-16 of the NCAA Tournament a year earlier, the Cowboys finished 26-6. They won the Western Athletic Conference Tournament and advanced to the 1988 NCAA Tournament. The team was led by seniors Fennis Dembo and Eric Leckner and was directed by first year head coach Benny Dees.
The current undefeated Cowboys have posted a perfect 5-0 record to date, playing all five games at home. Thus far, four Cowboys are scoring in double figures including redshirt freshman Afam Muojeke (19.4 points a game) and seniors Brandon Ewing (18.2 points a game), Tyson Johnson (15.8 points a game) and Sean Ogirri (13.4 points a game).
Muojeke is currently the leading scorer in the Mountain West Conference. Ewing leads the league in assists (5.8 apg) and ranks fourth in scoring. Johnson is one of only two players in the conference who is currently averaging a double-double (15.8 ppg and 10.0 rpg).
Boise State is currently 4-1 with wins over Pacific University (100-68), Idaho State (92-84 in overtime), Montana State (74-61) and Southern Utah (62-59). Their lone loss came at Siena by a score of 82-52.
Last season, Boise State won the Western Athletic Conference Tournament and shared the WAC's regular season title. They advanced to their first NCAA Tournament in 14 years, where they fell to Louisville in the opening round. The Broncos return nine letterwinners and one starter from that team.
This year's meeting between Wyoming and Boise State will be the 11th in the series. Wyoming leads the series with an all-time record of 6-4. The last time these two teams met, the Cowboys cruised to a 94-79 home win on Nov. 11, 2006. In that game, Ewing led the Pokes with a career high 32 points.
Following Wednesday's game, the Cowboys will remain on the road and travel to Los Angeles, Calif. to take on Loyola Marymount. The Cowboys and Lions will meet on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. (Mountain Time).