Current Press Release

Feb. 22, 2000


Wyoming Basketball Contacts:Kevin McKinney, Sports Information DirectorTim Harkins, Assistant Sports Information Director

The Wyoming Cowboys(16-10, 6-5 in the Mountain West Conference)

1999-2000 Avgs.

Probable Starters Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG APG

F #0 LeDarion Jones 6-7 232 Sr. Bartow, Fla. 13.4 5.2 0.9F #44 Marcus Bailey 6-5 185 Fr. Cheyenne, Wyo. 7.4 3.3 1.1C #22 Josh Davis 6-8 230 So. Salem, Ore. 14.0 8.5 1.1G #5 Anthony Blakes 6-2 188 Sr. Phoenix, Ariz. 13.8 6.1 3.3G #10 Chris McMillian 5-10 175 So. Brea, Calif. 9.5 3.1 3.5ReservesG/F #3 Aaron Abrams 6-4 205 Fr. Vista,Calif. 2.2 1.6 0.5G #14 Brett McFall 6-0 173 Jr. Olathe, Kan. 8.2 2.0 2.8G #23 Mark Curry 6-3 180 RJr. Casper, Wyo. 0.0 0.5 0.0F #32 Fayssal Akacem 6-8 180 Fr. The Netherlands 0.0 0.5 0.0F/C #33 Antone Lostetter 6-8 217 Sr. Espanola, N.M. 1.5 1.0 0.2F #40 Justin French 6-6 210 Sr. FortCollins, Colo. 5.3 3.5 0.7G/F #52 Bradley Mann 6-6 190 Sr. Bourbonnais, Ill. 5.5 1.4 1.2G #55 Andy Young 6-0 165 RJr. NewPhiladelphia, OH 3.2 1.6 1.4

Game No. 27: Sat., Feb. 26, 2000, Laramie, Wyo., 4:07 p.m., M.T.vs. The Brigham Young Cougars (16-7, 5-5 in the Mountain West)To be Televised on KTWO-TV via SportsWest Television(BYU Plays at Colorado State on Thursday, Feb. 24)

1999-2000 Avgs.

Probable Starters Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG APG

F #15 Mekeli Wesley 6-9 230 Jr. Provo, Utah 17.9 6.1 1.7F #25 Eric Nielsen 6-8 210 So. Fremont, Calif. 5.3 3.9 0.9G #13 Michael Vranes 6-3 190 So. Taylorsville, Utah 8.0 4.3 2.8G #24 Terrell Lyday 6-3 190 Jr. Fresno, Calif. 17.4 3.9 1.7G #31 Matt Montague 6-1 190 So. Louisville, Ky. 3.0 2.8 4.0ReservesF #2 Silester Rivers 6-7 235 Sr. Mesa, Ariz. 7.0 4.4 0.7G #4 Todd Christensen 6-1 185 Jr. Salt Lake City, Utah 6.2 0.9 1.0G #5 Marc Roberts 6-2 190 Fr. Provo, Utah 0.8 0.4 0.3F #10 John Allen 6-6 210 Fr. Houston, Texas 1.1 1.1 0.1F #20 Nick Taggart 6-8 215 So. Raleigh, N.C. 0.0 0.0 0.0G/F #33 Morgan Smith 6-5 185 Fr. Salt Lake City, Utah 1.2 0.6 0.2C #34 Joe Ellsworth 6-11 215 Jr. Yuma, Ariz. 0.5 0.8 0.0C #40 Dan Howard 7-0 220 Fr. Kaysville, Utah 1.5 2.0 0.0G/F #42 Nathan Cooper 6-5 210 Jr. Provo, Utah 6.1 3.3 1.8G/F #50 David Nielsen 6-4 200 Fr. Salt Lake City, Utah 1.4 0.4 0.1

Comparative Stats: Here is how the Wyoming Cowboys and BYU Cougars comparestatistically.

Reb. Avg. Pts. Scoring FG-FGA % 3P-3PA % FT-FTA % Avg. Given Up Avg.Wyoming 760-1746 .435 186-530 .351 444-632 .703 41.1 77.9 82.7BYU 561-1203 .466 134-350 .383 424-600 .707 34.7 65.3 73.0UW Margins -.031 -.032 -.004 +6.4 -12.6 +9.7

Cowboys No. 8 in the Nation in Scoring: In themost recent NCAA rankings (through games of Monday, Feb. 21, 2000)the Wyoming Cowboys were averaging 82.7 points per game torank No. 8 in the nation in scoring offense. A year ago, Wyoming averaged 81.6 points per game to rankNo. 10 in the nation.

McFall Ranked Nationally in Three-Point Shooting: In the mostrecent NCAA rankings (through games of Monday, Feb. 21, 2000), Wyomingjunior guard Brett McFall was shooting 48.0 percent from the three-point arc(49 of 102) to rank No. 9 in the NCAA.

Steve McClain Radio Coach's Show: The Steve McClain Radio Coach's Show airsevery Tuesday at 7 p.m., Mountain time. The show will be originated by KFBCRadio of Cheyenne, Wyo., and will be carried on Cowboy Sports Networkaffiliate stations throughout the season. The show will be hosted by the"Voice of the Cowboys" Dave Walsh.

Steve McClain Television Coach's Show: The Steve McClain Television Coach'sShow will be televised by KTWO-TV of Casper, Wyo., every Sunday at 10:30p.m. Head basketball coach Steve McClain and "Voice of the Cowboys" DaveWalsh will review the past week in Cowboy Basketball, and will take a lookahead to the upcoming week's games.

Wyoming and BYU Game to be Televised by KTWO-TV via SportsWest TV: ThisSaturday's game between Brigham Young and Wyoming will be carried by KTWO-TVin the state of Wyoming via SportsWest TV. Tom Kirkland will serve as play-by-play announcer, and Tony Inglewill add color analysis.

Cowboys Win Five of Last Seven in Mountain West: The Cowboys have now wonfive of their last seven games in the Mountain West Conference. Wyoming has posted a perfect 3-0 record at home during those sevengames, and has posted a 2-2 record on the road through this seven-gamestretch.

Returning Home -- Finally, After 21 Days: When Wyoming hosted Air Force onMonday night, Feb. 21, the Pokes had been on the road for four consecutiveroad games. It was 21 days since the Cowboys played at home.

Davis String of Consecutive Double-Doubles Ends at Three Games: Josh Davisrecorded three consecutive double-doubles entering this past Monday's gamevs. Air Force. Davis ended the Air Force game with 9 points and 5 reboundsto break that streak. Davis had 16 points and 10 rebounds at UNLV on Feb. 12. He scored acareer high 25 points and pulled down 14 rebounds on Feb. 14 at New Mexico,and tallied 20 points and 11 rebounds at San Diego State on Feb. 19.

Cowboys Nearing School Three-Point Shooting Record: Wyoming enters thisweek having made 186 three-point field goals this season on 530 attemtps(.351 percent). Wyoming needs to make only three threes to break the school recordof 188 threes set last season. The record for three-point attempts is 598 also set during the1998-99 season.

Cowboys Coming Off First Season Sweep of New Mexico Since 1981-82 Season:On Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, the Wyoming Cowboys defeated New Mexico 99-93 in"The Pit" in Albuquerque, N.M., to complete a season sweep of the Lobos.Earlier this season on Jan. 13, the Pokes defeated New Mexico 88-83 inLaramie. UW's two victories over UNM this season marked the first time sincethe 1981-82 season that Wyoming had swept the season series with the Lobos.Wyoming defeated New Mexico 75-65 on Jan. 30, 1982, in Albuquerque, andfollowed that up with a 56-45 victory in Laramie on Feb. 11, 1982, in thefinal Wyoming victory in War Memorial Fieldhouse. This season's win in Albuquerque also marked the first time sinceJan. 14, 1995, that Wyoming had won in "The Pit". UW defeated the Lobos75-61 in the 1994-95 season.

Down the Stretch in the Mountain West: The Mountain West Conference isheading into the stretch run with a wild race developing for the first-everMountain West Conference title. The Wyoming Cowboys have put themselves back into the race with tworoad wins last week and one home win this week. Wyoming enters this weekendwith a 6-5 MWC record, good for fourth place.

Pokes Bring Three-Game Win Streak Into Saturday's Game vs. BYU: The WyomingCowboys will bring a three-game winning streak into Saturday's game versusBrigham Young. The Pokes' three-game win streak is the longest currentstreak in the Mountain West Conference.

There's No Place Like Home: Once again this season, the Wyoming Cowboyshave posted an outstanding home record. Wyoming enters this week with a 10-1 (.909) home record, 4-1 (.800)in Mountain West home games for the 1999-2000 season. That ranks as thesecond best home record in the Mountain West Conference. Only Utah, at16-0, 6-0 in the MWC, has a better home winning percentage this season amongMWC teams. UNLV has a 4-1 MWC home record to match Wyoming's conferencemark.

How Good Are the Cowboys at Home the Past Few Years? How good are theWyoming Cowboys at home? Over the past three seasons, Wyoming has posted a35-5 (.875) home record overall and a 16-3 (.842) home record in conferencegames. In the history of the Arena-Auditorium, Wyoming holds a 194-63(.755) home record since the Double A opened in the last game of the 1981-82season. In conference home games, UW is 99-45 (.688).

Cowboys Looking for 100th Conference Win in Double A: Entering this week,the Wyoming Cowboys have posted a 99-45 (.688) record in conference games inthe Arena-Auditorium.

Steve McClain Teams Tough to Beat in Laramie: Since taking over as headcoach of the Cowboys a year ago, Steve McClain has posted a 22-3 (.880) homerecord through his first 25 home games. In conference games, McClain is10-2 (.833) in home contests.

Balanced Attack: A good indication of the balanced attack that Wyoming hasfeatured all season is that four of five starters scored in double figuresthis past Monday in a 61-51 win over Air Force. The only starter not toscore in double figures was last week's MWC Player of the Week Josh Daviswho had nine points against the Falcons.

Shooting Over 40 Percent Key to Wyoming Success: When Wyoming shoots betterthan 40 percent in a game this season, it is 15-5. When it shoots under 40percent, it is 1-5. The only game Wyoming shot under 40 percent and won was its 61-51home victory over Air Force on Feb. 21.

80 Points A Good Number for Pokes: When Wyoming scores over 80 points in agame this season the Pokes are 13-2. When Wyoming scores under 80 pointsthis season, it is 3-8.

Wyoming Cowboys' Season CapsuleWyoming's 1999-2000 Record: 16-10 (.615)Wyoming's 99-00 MWC Record: 6-5 (.545) in the MWCLast Time Out for Wyoming: Wyoming defeated Air Force 61-51 on Feb. 21, 2000 in Laramie, Wyo.Current Win/Loss Streak: Won 3UW Head Coach (Alma Mater): Steve McClain(Chadron St.'84)McClain's Overall Record: 34-20 (.630), 2nd yearMcClain's Record at Wyoming: SameLetterwinners Returning/Lost: 10/3Starters Returning/Lost: 5/01998-99 Record: 18-10, 7-7 T4th in WAC Mtn.1998-99 Postseason: Defeated USC 81-77 on March 10, 1999, in NIT 1st Round Lost at Oregon 72-93 on March 15, 1999, in NIT 2nd Round

UW Series Record vs. BYU: Wyoming trails 64-84UW Series Record vs. Utah: Wyoming trails 65-80

Brigham Young Cougars' Season Capsule1999-2000 Record: 16-7 (.696)1999-2000 Conference Record: 5-5 (.500) in the MWCLast Time Out: Brigham Young defeated UNLV 83-82 on Feb. 19, 2000, in Provo, UtahUniversity Location: Provo, UtahCurrent Win/Loss Streak: Won 1Head Coach (Alma Mater): Steve Cleveland (UC Irvine '76)Coach's Overall Record: 37-44 (.457), 3rd seasonCoach's Record at School: SameLettermen Returning/Lost: 5/8Starters Returning/Lost: 3/21998-99 Record: 12-16, 6-8 5th in WAC Pacific1998-99 Postseason: NoneGames Prior to Playing Wyoming: at Colorado State on Thu., Feb. 24

Wyoming Faces BYU in Second Oldest Rivalry for Cowboys: The Wyoming Cowboysand Brigham Young Cougars will be playing for the 149th time tonight, withUW trailing in the overal series 64-84. The Cowboys do hold a convincing advantage in games played inLaramie at 48-25. Over the last 10 meetings in Laramie, the two teams have split, witheach team winning five in the Double A. Earlier this season in Provo, BYU won by a score of 87-78 on Jan.20, 2000. Here is how the Cowboys series with BYU breaks down at home, on theroad and at neutral sites.Wyoming-BYU Series BreakdownOverall Series Record UW trails 64-84vs. BYU in Laramie UW leads 48-25vs. BYU on the Road UW trails 13-57vs. BYU at Neutral Sites UW leads 3-2

A Look Back Wyoming vs. BYU and Utah -- 19 Years Ago This Weekend: TheWyoming Cowboys play BYU this coming Saturday, Feb. 26 and Utah on Monday,Feb. 28. Oddly enough, 19 years ago the Wyoming Cowboys played the exacttwo teams on the exact same dates in Laramie -- Wyoming vs. BYU on Feb. 26,1981, and Wyoming vs. Utah on Feb. 28, 1981. It was two great games that featured eight future NBA players. ForWyoming the future NBA players were Charles Bradley, Bill Garnett and ChrisEngler. BYU feaured Danny Ainge, Greg Kite and Fred Roberts. Utah was ledby Tom Chambers and Danny Vranes. What made it most memorable for Cowboy fans was the Pokes came awaywith two victories in the second to final season of War MemorialFieldhouse. Versus BYU, UW's Charles Bradley led the way with 31 points tooutshine Danny Ainge's 21 as Wyoming won in double overtime 86-84 on Feb.26, 1981. Against Utah, Wyoming completed the sweep with a 53-50 victory onFeb. 28, 1981. Wyoming's Kenneth Ollie led the way with 19 points to matchUtah's Tom Chambers who also scored 19. All three teams advanced to the1981 NCAA Tournament.

Utah Utes' Season Capsule1999-2000 Record: 20-5 (.800)1999-2000 Conference Record: 9-2 (.818) in the MWCLast Time Out: Utah defeated UNLV 96-52 on Feb. 21, 2000, in Salt Lake City, Utah

University Location: Salt Lake City, UtahCurrent Win/Loss Streak: Win 1Head Coach (Alma Mater): Rick MajerusCoach's Overall Record: 357-121 (.747), 16th seasonCoach's Record at School: 258-69 (.789), 11th seasonLettermen Returning/Lost: 8/3Starters Returning/Lost: 4/11998-99 Record: 28-5, 14-0 1st in WAC Pacific1998-99 Postseason: Defeated Arkansas State 80-58 in First Round of NCAA Lost to Miami (Ohio) 58-66 in Second Round of NCAAGames Prior to Playing Wyoming: at Colorado State on Sat., Feb. 26

Game No. 28: Mon., Feb. 28, 2000, Laramie, Wyo., 10:04 p.m., M.T.vs. The Utah Utes (20-5, 9-2 in the MWC, No. 24 ESPN/No. 25 AP)Game to be Televised on ESPN Big Monday(Utah Plays at Colorado State on Saturday, Feb. 26)

1999-2000 Avgs.

Probable Starters Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG APG

F #13 Hanno Mottola 6-9 250 Sr. Helsinki, Finland 17.7 4.9 1.7F #50 Alex Jensen 6-7 225 Sr. Centerville, Utah 14.4 7.6 3.2C #52 Nate Althoff 6-11 260 Jr. Delano, Minn. 10.1 4.7 0.1G #5 Tony Harvey 6-5 200 Sr. Carson, Calif. 9.7 2.6 2.7G #32 Jeremy Killion 5-11 190 Sr. San Diego, Calif. 9.4 1.8 1.7ReservesG #3 Gary Colbert 6-1 175 So. Alta Loma, Calif. 3.9 2.4 3.2G #4 Adam Sharp 6-2 180 So. Salt Lake City, Utah 1.4 0.7 0.7G #10 Matt Ray 6-1 185 Fr. LaCrescenta, Calif. 0.0 1.0 0.0G/F #25 Brandon Sluga 6-4 210 Sr. Taylorsville, Utah 0.8 0.0 0.3F #30 Matt Vivas 6-4 210 Fr. Honolulu, Hawai'i 0.0 1.0 0.0G/F #31 Dennis Smith 6-3 215 Jr. Detroit, Mich. 4.0 1.0 0.0G/F #35 Jeff Johnsen 6-4 200 So. Murray, Utah 5.9 3.8 2.2C/F #40 Phil Cullen 6-9 215 So. Chelan, Wash. 5.7 2.1 0.9F #42 Mike Puzey 6-8 215 Fr. Roy, Utah 2.7 2.8 0.4

Wyoming Faces Utah in Third Oldest Rivalry for Cowboys: The Wyoming Cowboysand Utah Utes will be playing for the 146th time this coming Monday, with UWtrailing in the overal series 65-80. The Cowboys do hold a convincing advantage in games played inLaramie at 41-27. Over the last 10 meetings in Laramie, the two teams have split 5-5.Wyoming-Utah Series BreakdownOverall Series Record UW trails 65-80vs. Utah in Laramie UW leads 41-27vs. Utah on the Road UW trails 22-51vs. Utah at Neutral Sites Series is tied 2-2

Recent Utah-Wyoming Series History in Laramie Has Favored Cowboys, WithWyoming Winning the Last Four vs. Utes at Home: The Wyoming Cowboys andUtah Utes have played some great games through the years. In the last fourmeetings in Laramie, the Cowboys have come away victorius -- the last timewhen the Utes were ranked No. 4 in the nation Also the last time Wyoming hosted an ESPN Big Monday game was avictory over then No. 7 ranked Utah 80-76 on Feb. 12, 1996. Here is a breakdown of Wyoming's last four homes games vs. the Utes.Date Opponent and ResultFeb. 12, 1998 Wyomng defeats No. 4 ranked Utah 62-56Feb. 12, 1996 Wyoming defeats No. 7 ranked Utah 80-76Jan. 19, 1995 Wyomng defeats Utah 63-56Feb. 5, 1994 Wyoming defeats Utah 60-55

Ticket Information: Ticket information for the 1999-2000Wyoming Basketball season can be obtained by calling theUW Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-922-9461 or 307-766-4850.

ESPN's Big Monday Returns to Laramie: Next Monday's game between Utah andWyoming in Laramie will be televised live at 10 p.m. as part of ESPN's BigMonday. Bob Carpenter will serve as play-by-play announcer, while JimmyDykes will add color analysis. This will be Wyoming's second appearance on Big Monday this season,but the first at home. The Cowboys also appeared on Big Monday on Feb. 14at New Mexico. Wyoming won that game 99-93 in "The Pit." The last time Wyoming hosted an ESPN Big Monday game was Feb. 12,1996, when Wyoming defeated then No. 7 ranked Utah 80-76.

Cowboys Look to Continue Home Success on ESPN and the Deuce: When ESPNcomes to town, the Wyoming Cowboys seem to play their best. The last fourtimes Wyoming has hosted an ESPN game, the Pokes have won. Here are Wyoming's recent wins on national television.Date Opponent and ResultFeb. 27, 1999 Wyoming defeated UNLV 79-76 on ESPNJan. 4, 1997 Wyoming defeated BYU 89-61 on ESPN2Feb. 12, 1996 Wyoming defeated No. 7 ranked Utah 80-76 on ESPN Big MondayJan. 13, 1996 Wyoming defeated No. 25 ranked New Mexico 61-58 on ESPN2

Josh Davis Named MWC Player of the Week: Josh Davis was named Mountain WestConference Player of the Week on Monday, Feb. 21 after leading Wyoming totwo road wins this past week at Albuquerque (99-93) and at San Diego State(71-57). Davis averaged 22.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last week.He scored a career high 25 points at New Mexico, while pulling down 14rebounds for his league leading ninth double-double. He followed up thatperformance with 20 points and 11 rebounds against San Diego State for his10th double-double of the season. He shot 63.0 percent from the field, anddespite playing center for the Cowboys, shot 60.0 percent from three-pointrange. He also hit 72.7 percent from the free-throw line.

LeDarion Jones Has Big Week On and Off The Court: Senior forward LeDarionJones has had a great week both on and off the court. On Monday, Feb. 21against Air Force, Jones led the way for the Cowboys with his seconddouble-double of the season -- 14 points and 10 rebounds. It also markedthe 18th time in 26 games this season that Jones scored in double figuresand was the 32nd time in 50 career games at Wyoming that he scored in doublefigures. Off the court, Jones was named First Team GTE Academic All-DistrictVII. He has achieved a 3.50 cumulative grade-point average in industrialeducation. Jones will now advance to the national ballot for considerationas an Academic All-American. The Academic All-America team will beannounced later this spring.

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