Cowboys Host Skyhawks in Ethete for Exhibition
Oct. 29, 2012
Laramie, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team continues preparations for the 2012-13 season by hosting Fort Lewis College for an exhibition game at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Ethete. A collaboration between the Cowboys and the Nike N7 program, the contest will be played at Wyoming Indian High School on the Wind River Reservation. The Cowboys are 42-6 (.875) in exhibition contests and currently enjoy a 21-game winning streak.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or going online at GoWYO.com. Fans can also follow live stats and live audio of Wyoming's games through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on the website. The contest will be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network.
A Look at the Matchup
Accomplished head coach Bob Hofman enters his 17th season at the helm for Fort Lewis, after guiding the program to a 16-12 overall record in 2011-12. The Skyhawks went 13-9 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, including wins in four of their last five regular-season games, to tie for fourth and advance to the semifinals of the RMAC tournament. Hofman has guided the Skyhawks to seven total RMAC championships and seven NCAA Division II playoff berths, including an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in 2010-11. Fort Lewis returns six letterwinners and three starters from last season's squad that scored 69.5 points per game and allowed 67.2. The Skyhawks shot the same from the floor (44.3) as UW last season and better beyond the arc (35.7). FL's top two scorers graduated, though. Fort Lewis had a plus 2.8 rebounding margin and plus 0.5 turnover margin, thanks in part to averaging 7.5 steals per game. The program welcomes six newcomers to the team this season.
Each Team's Leaders
Fort Lewis returns three starters in senior guard Marcus Ayala, junior guard Mike Matthews and senior center Torrey Udall. Ayala led the Skyhawks with 53 steals last season and averaged 6.8 points, while Matthews was second on the team at 37 percent beyond the arc and contributed 8.2 points. Udall is the top returning rebounder at 4.1 per game and earned 16 blocks. Fort Lewis has three other players that started a game last season that could fill out its final two starting spots. Senior guard Matthew Mazarei started 10 games and was third on the team with 50 assists, while fellow senior guard Matthias Weissl made (40) and attempted (103) the most threes on the team. Sophomore center Alex Herrera had a team-high 26 blocks and pulled down 2.9 rebounds per game.
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