Cowboy Basketball Returns to Laramie for the First Time in December to Host Western State

Dec. 16, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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After spending their last three games away from the Arena-Auditorium, the Cowboy basketball team will play its first home game of December on Tuesday night against Western State. The Cowboys and Mountaineers will tip-off at 7 p.m. in Laramie.

The Cowboys, who improved to 7-1 last Saturday with a 74-65 win over Northern Iowa, are in search of their first 8-1 start since the 1990-91 season. That year, the Cowboys finished 20-12 and advanced to the NIT.

This season's 7-1 start is the third of this decade by the Cowboys. They also opened the 2000-01 and 2006-07 seasons with 7-1 records.

Through their first eight games, the Cowboy roster not only features the top scorer in the Mountain West Conference, it also features the league's top rebounder and top assist man. Redshirt freshman Afam Muojeke currently leads the MWC in scoring with 18.5 points per game. Senior Tyson Johnson is currently leading the league in rebounding with 9.5 per game and senior Brandon Ewing currently leads the MWC in assists with 5.88 per game.

Western State enters Tuesday's game with a 5-3 overall record and a 2-0 mark in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. They are led by five senior starters, including their leading scorer Cameron Burney. Burney is currently averaging 17.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. The Cowboys lead the all-time series with Western State 22-2.

Following Tuesday's game, the Cowboys will host Sacramento State on Saturday, Dec. 20. The game will the first of a scheduled double-header with the Cowgirl basketball team. The Cowboys and Hornets will begin at 2 p.m. while the Cowgirls will host St. Louis at 6 p.m.