2000-2001 Cowboy Basketball Informational Press Release and Game Notes

Dec. 4, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowboys (2000-01 Record:4-0, 0-0 in the MWC)

Game No. 5: Thu., Dec. 7, 2000,Northridge, Calif., 8:00 p.m., M.T. vs.The Cal State Northridge Matadors(4-2, 0-0 in the Big Sky)(Prior to a Game Tue.,Dec. 5, 2000, at USC)

Game No. 6: Sat., Dec. 9, 2000,Fullerton, Calif., 8:00 p.m., M.T. vs.The Cal State Fullerton Titans(1-3, 0-0 in the Big West)(Prior to a Game Tue., Dec. 5,2000, at Loyola Marymount)

Cowboys Face Second Consecutive Big Sky Conference Squad in Cal StateNorthridge -- Preseason Favorite to Win the Big Sky: Thursday's meetingwith Cal State Northridge will mark Wyoming's second consecutive gameagainst a Big Sky Conference team.

Wyoming defeated Montana State 77-62 last Sunday in Billings, Mont.

Northridge is the preseason favorite to win the Big Sky Conferencetitle by both the Big Sky Conference Coaches and Big Sky media.

Cal State Northridge Garners National Attention, Defeating UCLA in PauleyPavillion: Cal State Northridge caught the attention of basketball expertsacross the nation when they defeated then No. 15 ranked UCLA 78-74 on Nov.21, 2000, in UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.

Northridge followed that performance with another strong road gameat UNLV. Northridge lost to the Runnin' Rebels but only by one point 69-70in Las Vegas.

Northridge's only other loss was at Marquette by three points,66-69, on Dec. 2 in Milwaukee, Wis.

The Matadors play at No. 12 ranked USC on Tuesday, Dec. 5 beforehosting the Cowboys on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Road Trip Continues This Week for the Cowboys in California: This week'sgames at Cal State Northridge and Cal State Fullerton will be the first trueroad games for the Wyoming Cowboys in the 2000-01 season.

Wyoming has played away from Laramie once, this past Sunday atBillings, Mont., where they defeated Montana State 77-62. But that game wastechnically a neutral-site game, since Montana State is located in Bozeman,Mont.

Wyoming was 5-9 overall in road games a year ago. That was the mostroad wins for the Pokes since the 1991-92 season, when the Cowboys posted a5-7 road mark.

Wyoming Cowboys' Season CapsuleWyoming's 2000-01 Record:       4-0 (1.000)Wyoming's 2000-01 MWC Record:   0-0 (-----) in the MWCLast Time Out for Wyoming:        Wyoming defeated Montana State 77-62 on Dec. 3, 2000        in Billings, Mont.Current Win/Loss Streak:        Won 4UW Head Coach (Alma Mater):     Steve McClain(Chadron St.'84)McClain's Overall Record:       41-22 (.651), 3rd seasonMcClain's Record at Wyoming:    SameLetterwinners Returning/Lost:   5/9Starters Returning/Lost:        4/2 (Including one from 98-99)1999-00 Record:                 19-12, 8-6 T4th in MWC1999-00 Postseason:        Defeated Colorado State 74-68 in the MWC Tournament        Lost at UNLV 92-97 in the MWC Tournament

UW Series Record vs. CS Northridge: Wyoming leads 2-0UW Record vs. CSN in Laramie: Wyoming leads 2-0UW Record vs. CSN in Northridge: 0-0UW Record vs. CSN at Neutral Sites: 0-0Previous Meetings vs. CSN: Dec. 5, 1974 W 71-63 H Nov. 22, 1985 W 86-49 H

UW Series Record vs. CS Fullerton: Wyoming leads 2-0UW Record vs. CSF in Laramie: Wyoming leads 2-0UW Record vs. CSF in Fullerton: 0-0UW Record vs. CSF at Neutral Sites: 0-0Previous Meetings vs. CSF: Dec. 30, 1989 W 69-51 H Dec. 4, 1993 W 80-62 H

Cal State Northridge Matadors' Season Capsule2000-01 Record: 4-2 (.667)2000-01 Conference Record: 0-0 (-----) in the Big Sky ConferenceLast Time Out: Cal State Northridge lost at Marquette, 66-69, on Dec. 2,2000, in the Blue & Gold Coca-Cola ClassicUniversity Location: Northridge, Calif.Current Win/Loss Streak: Lost 1Head Coach (Alma Mater): Bobby Braswell (CS Northridge '64)Coach's Overall Record: 67-55 (.549), 5th seasonCoach's Record at School: SameLettermen Returning/Lost: 11/2Starters Returning/Lost: 4/11999-00 Record: 20-10, 10-6 4th in the Big Sky1999-00 Postseason:Defeated Weber State 73-68 in the Big Sky TournamentDefeated Montana 76-65 in the Big Sky TournamentLost to Northern Arizona 81-85 in ot in Big Sky ChampionshipGames Prior to Playing Wyoming: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000, at USC

Cal State Fullerton Titans' Season Capsule2000-01 Record: 1-3 (.333)2000-01 Conference Record: 0-0 (-----) in the Big West ConferenceLast Time Out: Cal State Fullerton defeated the College of Notre Dame, of Belmont, Calif., 79-64 on Dec. 2, 2000, in Fullerton, Calif.University Location: Fullerton, Calif.Current Win/Loss Streak: Won 1Head Coach (Alma Mater): Donny Daniels (CS Fullerton '77)Coach's Overall Record: 1-3 (.250), 1st seasonCoach's Record at School: SameLettermen Returning/Lost: 4/5Starters Returning/Lost: 3/21999-00 Record: 8-19, 3-13 6th in the Big West1999-00 Postseason:Didn't qualify for the 2000 Big West Conference TournamentGames Prior to Playing Wyoming: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000, at Loyola Marymount

Cal State Northridge 2000-01 Schedule/Results: The Cal State NorthridgeMatadors will have played seven games by the time they host Wyoming onThursday, Dec. 7.

Northridge will take a 4-2 record into their game at No. 12 rankedUSC on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The Matadors have played a very difficult schedule thus far,defeating then No. 15 ranked UCLA 78-74 at Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 21 andlosing by only one, 69-70, at MWC member UNLV on Nov. 25.

Date    Opponent                ResultNov. 19 Howard                  W 90-73Nov. 21 at UCLA                 W 78-74Nov. 25 at UNLV                 L 69-70Nov. 28 Cal Poly Pomona         W 75-50Dec. 1  vs. Kent State#         W 89-85 otDec. 2  at Marquette            L 66-69#at the Marquette Tournament

Cal State Fullerton Share One Common Opponent Thus Far in 2000-01 Season --UC Riverside: The Cal State Fullerton Titans will have played five games bythe time they host Wyoming on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Fullerton and Wyoming share one common opponent thus far this season-- UC Riverside. Wyoming defeated Riverside 77-59 in Laramie, whileFullerton lost at UC Riverside 52-59.

Fullerton will take a 1-3 record into their game at Loyola Marymounton Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Here are the Titans results to date.

Date    Opponent                        ResultNov. 17 at Oregon State                 L 35-68Nov. 25 at UC Riverside                 L 52-59Nov. 28 Pepperdine                      L 61-82Dec. 2  College of Notre Dame (Calif.)  W 79-64Dec. 5  at Loyola Marymount

A Couple of Faces Familiar to Wyoming Will be on the Cal State FullertonSideline: Two people very familiar to the Wyoming Cowboys will be on thesideline for the Cal State Fullerton Titans this Saturday.

Fullerton head coach Donny Daniels was the lead assistant for theUtah Utes from the 1989-90 season through the 1999-2000 season. Daniels isin his first year as head coach at his alma mater, Cal State Fullerton. Itis also Daniels first NCAA head-coaching position.

Fullerton assistant coach Mark Maki, is a former student assistantfor the Wyoming Cowboy Basketball program. Maki earned his bachelor'sdegree from UW in 1997.

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