Cowboy Basketball Opens Five-Game Homestand On Tuesday Night Against Denver

Dec. 13, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -


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    The Wyoming Cowboy basketball team will be home for Christmas this year and will open a five-game homestand this Tuesday night against Denver. The Cowboys and Pioneers will tip-off at 7 p.m. inside the Arena-Auditorium.

    A Look at the Matchup with Denver:
    The Cowboys enter Tuesday's game looking to bounce back from a setback on the road to UC Irvine last Friday night (83-68). The Pokes are 3-6 overall, but have posted a 3-1 mark at home.

    Wyoming is led by three players who are averaging double figures in scoring. Sophomore Desmar Jackson leads the team with 13.4 points per game and is followed by senior Djibril Thiam (11.9 ppg) and sophomore Amath M'Baye (11.7 ppg). Thiam is the team's leading rebounder with 11.9 per game, while junior JayDee Luster leads the team in assists with 3.5 per game.

    Denver has struggled out of the gates this season and is currently 2-8 overall. They are still looking for their first road win of the season, as they are 0-3 away from Magness Arena. The Pioneers have dropped two straight games, at Saint Mary's (77-47) and at home to Portland (71-64).

    The Pioneers are led by a pair of guards who are averaging double figures in scoring--Brian Stafford (13.1 ppg) and Chase Hallam (13.2 ppg). Guard Travis Hallam and forward Chris Udofia lead the team in rebounds with 3.2 per game each. Stafford leads the Pioneers in assists with 1.7 per game.

    Denver is coached by Joe Scott, who is in his fourth year with the Pioneers. Denver posted a record of 19-13 last season and finished third in the Sun Belt Conference with a mark of 10-8. They return four starters and nine letterwinners from that team.

    About the Series with Denver:
    Tuesday will mark the 147th meeting between Wyoming and Denver on the basketball floor and the 19th consecutive season that the two teams have met. It is the fourth longest series for the Cowboys, trailing only their series with Colorado State (213 games), BYU (172 games) and Utah (168 games). The Pokes lead the all-time series 99-47 and are 63-14 in games played in Laramie.

    About the Cowboys' Five-Game Homestand over the Holidays:
    The Cowboys will host their longest stretch of home games of the year this holiday season. In fact, the Pokes will play five straight home games beginning this Tuesday and concluding on Dec. 28.

    During that stretch, the Pokes will host Denver (Dec. 14), Western State (Dec. 17), Centenary (Dec. 20), Wisconsin-Green Bay (Dec. 22) and Kennesaw State (Dec. 28).

    Tickets to the Game and Special Promotions:
    Tickets to all Wyoming Cowboy basketball games can be purchased online at www. WyomingAthletics.com or by calling the UW Athletics Ticket Office at 1-877-WYO-FAN1 (1-877-996-3261) or 307-766-4850.

    Also watch for special single-game ticket promotions at WyomingAthletics.com throughout the 2010-11 season.

    For this Tuesday's game versus Denver, the first 500 fans will receive Frontier Airlines Promo Cards valued between $10-$50. They will need to go to the Frontier website to determine how much is on their card and they have one year from Dec. 14 to use the card. Cards can be used on flight, upgrades, bag fees, TV, etc.