2000-2001 Cowboy Basketball Informational Press Release and Game Notes

Dec. 13, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The 2000 Mini Mart Wyoming ShootoutSaturday, Dec. 16, 2000, in Casper,Wyo., 8:00 p.m., M.T.The Wyoming Cowboys (2000-01 Record:5-1, 0-0 in the MWC)

vs.

The Oregon State Beavers (4-3, 0-0 inthe Pacific-10 Conference)(Prior to a Game at the Universityof Denver, Wed., Dec. 13, 2000)

Wyoming and Oregon State Share Two Common Opponents Thus Far in 2000-01Season -- UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton: The Wyoming Cowboys andOregon State Beavers have played two common opponents entering this season-- UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton.

Below is a comparison of how Wyoming and OSU fared against those twocommon opponents.

Common          UW              OSUOpponent        Versus          Versus

UC Riverside W 77-59, H L 63-67, HCS Fullerton W 78-61, A W 68-35, H

The 2000 Mini Mart Wyoming Shootout Will Feature Both the Cowboys andCowgirls: For the second consecutive year, the Mini Mart Wyoming Shootoutwill feature both the Wyoming Cowboy and Cowgirl basketball programs. Thisyear's doubleheader will be played on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000. Here is theschedule for this year's Shootout.

Game/Gametime
Wyoming Cowgirls vs. Idaho State Bengals 5:30 p.m.
Wyoming Cowboys vs. Oregon State Beavers 8:00 p.m.

Ticket Information for the Mini Mart Wyoming Shootout: Fans wishing topurchase tickets to Saturday's Mini Mart Wyoming Shootout may call theCasper Events Center Ticket Office at 1-800-442-2256 or 1-307-577-3030.Ticket prices are $12.00 per ticket.

First Interstate Bank Shootout Luncheon to Tipoff 2000 Wyoming Shootout: OnSaturday, Dec. 16 beginning at noon, the First Interstate Bank ShootoutLuncheon will take place at the Parkway Plaza Hotel in Casper, Wyo. FirstInterstate Bank will sponsor the Shootout luncheon.

The guest speakers for the luncheon will be Cowgirl head coach CindyFisher, Cowboy head coach Steve McClain, Idaho State head coach ArdieMcInelly and Oregon State head coach Ritchie McKay.

Tickets for the luncheon are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 ifpurchased at the door. To purchase advance tickets, call the Casper EventsCenter Ticket Office at1-800-442-2256 or 1-307-577-3030.

Wyoming Fans Invited to Pregame Function at the Shootout: Wyoming fans areinvited to attend a pregame function to be held from 4-8 p.m. in the ThreeTrails Rooms in the Casper Events Center on Saturday, Dec. 16. Cost for thefunction is $10.00 for Cowboy Joe Club members and $12.00 for non-members.

Cowboys Have Enjoyed Success Playing in Casper: Through the years, theWyoming Cowboys have enjoyed a great deal of success playing in Casper.Since the 1983-84 season, the Cowboys have played annually in Casper.Wyoming brings a 26-7 (.788) record in Casper into this season.

From the 1983 Shootout through the 1998 version, the Shootout was atwo-day event featuring four men's teams. Beginning in December of 1999,the Shootout format was changed to a one-day event featuring a doubleheaderwith the Wyoming Cowgirls and Wyoming Cowboys each playing.

Notes From This Week in Cowboy Basketball:
*Wyoming evened its road record at 1-1 for the 2000-01 season with a78-61 win at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, Dec. 9.
*The Cowboys suffered their first loss of the season at Cal StateNorthridge on Thursday, Dec. 7 by a score of 71-74.
*Sophomore guard Marcus Bailey has scored a career high 25 points inback-to-back games last week -- versus Montana State and Cal StateNorthridge.
*Wyoming extended its home winning streak to eight games with itswin Friday, Dec. 1 over Creighton, 78-74. The home winning streak datesback to Jan. 29, 2000.
*At home, Wyoming has defeated 15 consecutive non-conferenceopponents in Laramie in the Steve McClain era andholds a 15-1 (.938) record vs. non-conference opponents at home under coachMcClain.
*Wyoming is now 27-3 (.900) at home against all opponents in theSteve McClain era.
*Steve McClain has posted a 26-9 (.743) record versus non-conferenceopponents while at Wyoming.
*Junior point guard Chris McMillian moved into a tie for No. 5 on theWyoming career assist list when he handed out three assists in a 78-61victory over Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 9, 2000. McMillian now has 273assists for his career, and is tied with former Cowboy Maurice Alexander(1991-92).
*McMillian also moved into a tie for No. 6 on the Wyoming careersteal list on Dec. 9 when he made two steals against Fullerton. He now has104 steals for his career, and is tied with former Cowboy Jeron Roberts(1995-98).
*Chris McMillian started his 65th consecutive game this pastSaturday in the win at Cal State Fullerton. McMillian has started everygame of his college career.
*Juniors Josh Davis and Chris McMillian have now started 43consecutive games together, dating back to Feb. 16, 1999, of their freshmanseason against Texas Pan-American.
*Josh Davis, Chris McMillian and Marcus Bailey have now started 32consecutive games together, dating back to Dec. 4, 1999, against Nevada.
*The Wyoming Cowboys have enjoyed a very balanced attack throughtheir first six games of the season. Wyoming has had eight differentplayers score in double figures (Marcus Bailey, Paris Corner, Josh Davis,Brett McFall, Chris McMillian, Ronell Mingo, Uche Nsonwu-Amadi and UgoUdezue).

Wyoming Cowboys' Season CapsuleWyoming's 2000-01 Record:               5-1 (.833)Wyoming's 2000-01 MWC Record:           0-0 (-----) in the MWCLast Time Out for Wyoming:        Wyoming won at Cal State Fullerton 78-61 on Dec. 9, 2000,in Fullerton, Calif.Current Win/Loss Streak:                Won 1UW Head Coach (Alma Mater):             Steve McClain                                        (Chadron St.'84)McClain's Overall Record:               42-23 (.646), 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. Oregon State: Wyoming trails 2-8UW Record vs. OSU in Laramie: Wyoming trails 0-2UW Record vs. OSU on the Road: Wyoming trails 2-6UW Record vs. OSU at Neutral Sites: 0-0Last Meeting vs. OSU: Wyoming lost 77-83 on Dec. 20, 1999, in Corvallis, Ore.

Oregon State Beavers' Season Capsule2000-01 Record: 4-32000-01 Conference Record: 0-0 (-----) in the Pacific-10 ConferenceLast Time Out: Oregon State lost 63-67 to UC Riverside in Corvallis, Ore., on Dec. 9, 2000University Location: Corvallis, Ore.Current Win/Loss Streak: Lost 3Head Coach (Alma Mater): Ritchie McKay (Seattle Pacific '87)Coach's Overall Record: 65-55 (.542), 5th seasonCoach's Record at School: 4-3 (.571), 1st seasonLettermen Returning/Lost: 7/5Starters Returning/Lost: 3/21999-00 Record: 13-16, 5-13 in the Pacific-101999-00 Postseason: NoneGames Prior to Playing Wyoming: at Denver, Wednesday, Dec. 13

Oregon State Schedule/Results: The Oregon State Beavers bring a 4-3 recordinto this week. OSU will play one game prior to the Wyoming game onSaturday, Dec. 16. OSU plays at Denver on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Here are Oregon State's results to date.

Date    Opponent                        ResultNov. 17 Cal State Fullerton             W 68-35Nov. 20 Southern Colorado               W 91-23Nov. 24 vs. Appalachian State*          W 60-37Nov. 25 vs. Long Beach State*           W 78-66Nov. 26 vs. Oklahoma*                   L 60-78Dec. 2  at San Diego                    L 71-82Dec. 9  UC Riverside                    L 63-67Dec. 13 at Denver                       7:00 p.m.Dec. 16 vs. Wyoming#                    8:00 p.m.
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