Pokes Host Mountain Lions for Exhibition on Thursday
Oct. 29, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team continues preparations for the 2013-14 season by hosting UC-Colorado Springs for an exhibition game on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium. The Cowboys return three starters from a 20-win team last season and have won their last 23 consecutive exhibition games, while the Mountain Lions look to build off five returning starters from 2012-13.
Fans are invited to trick or treat with Cowboy basketball before the game. All kids 13 and under wearing a costume will receive a $5 ticket to the game and can trick or treat on the Arena-Auditorium concourse when the doors open at 6 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or online at GoWYO.com. Fans can follow live stats, audio and video of the game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on the website. The contest will also be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network.
A Look at the Matchup
Head coach Jeff Culver went 5-21 overall in 2012-13 in his first season with UC-Colorado Springs, including a 5-17 mark in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference for 13th place. UCCS was picked to finish ninth in the 2013-14 RMAC preseason poll, just outside of the field for the conference tournament. The Mountain Lions return all five starters, though, and seven total letterwinners after leading the RMAC in offensive rebounds and total rebounds per RMAC game in 2012-13. UCCS has four seniors, seven juniors, six sophomores and just two freshmen on its 2013-14 roster.
Each Team's Leaders
Sophomore guard Derrick White was the RMAC Freshman of the Year in 2012-13 for the Mountain Lions and subsequently earned a spot on the 2013-14 All-Preseason team. White was a member of the Division II Bulletin All-Freshman Team after he set the UCCS single-season record for made free throws. He led RMAC freshmen in scoring and was fourth overall with 16.9 points per game. White scored 20 or more points in eight games and scored at least 15 points in the final eight games of the season. He also paced the team at 2.1 assists per game. UCCS' rebounding strength was led by 5.9 per game from sophomore forward Alex Welsh, in addition to 12 points per game. White, Welsh, junior guard Darius Pardner and senior forward Jordan Carter return after each of them shot better than 40 percent from the field in 2012-13. Pardner rounded out UCCS' double-figure scorers at 10.3 per game.
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