Dec. 5, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
On Saturday night, the Cowboy basketball team will close out its first road trip of the season as they play at Loyola Marymount. The game tips off at 8 p.m. (Mountain Time) at the Albert Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif.
The 5-1 Cowboys will be looking to get back on the winning track after dropping their first game of the season, 85-86 at the buzzer at Boise State, last Wednesday night.
The Cowboys opened the 2008-09 season with five straight home wins, marking the first 5-0 start to a season since the 1997-98 season.
This season, the Cowboys are led by four starters who are scoring in double-figures while also ranking in the top-10 of the Mountain West Conference. Redshirt freshman Afam Muojeke leads the Pokes, and ranks second in the MWC, with a 19.0 points per game average. Senior Brandon Ewing is tied for fifth in the league (17.5 ppg), senior Tyson Johnson ranks eighth (16.0) and redshirt senior Sean Ogirri ranks 10th (14.8 ppg).
Ewing, who will be playing his 100th game in a Cowboy uniform this Saturday, leads the conference in assists with 5.50 per game. Johnson ranks second in the league in rebounding (9.7 rpg) and leads the league in defensive rebounds (8.00 drpg). Ogirri leads the league in three pointers, averaging 3.33 three-pointers a game.
An injury laden Loyola Marymount team is off to a tough 0-7 start. That tough start has been aided by the fact that only one of those games has been a home contest for the Lions.
The Lions have four significant contributors on the bench due to injury. They are also without head coach Bill Bayno, who has taken a leave from the program due to health issues. In his place is Max Good, who has coached the Lions in each of their past two games.
This meeting will mark the sixth between LMU and Wyoming on the basketball floor. The Cowboys hold a 4-1 advantage in the series. Of those five previous meetings, two have come in postseason play.
The first of which came in the second round of the 1986 NIT, when the Cowboys beat the Lions 99-90 in the Arena-Auditorium. That game came during the Pokes' run to the championship game of the NIT in New York City's Madison Square Garden.
The other postseason meeting came in the first round of the 1988 NCAA Tournament. In an offensive shootout, the Cowboys fell to LMU 119-115.
Following Saturday's game, the Cowboys will take next week off for finals. They will return to action next Sat., Dec. 13 for the BlueCross BlueShield of Wyoming Shootout in Casper, Wyo. The Cowboys will play Northern Iowa at 3:30 p.m. at the Casper Events Center.