Men's Basketball

niUniversity of Wyoming Opens 106th Season of Cowboy Basketball this Saturday Night

Junior Francisco Cruz had 17 points and seven rebounds in the first game of his career last Saturday against Peru State in an exhibition.

Junior Francisco Cruz had 17 points and seven rebounds in the first game of his career last Saturday against Peru State in an exhibition.

Nov. 10, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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    The University of Wyoming will open the 106th season of Cowboy basketball this Saturday night in Laramie, Wyo. The Pokes will host Kean University in a game that will tip off at 8 p.m. inside the Arena-Auditorium.

    Wyoming in Season Openers:
    In the previous 105 season-opening games, the Cowboys have had a great deal of success. In fact, they have posted a 69-36 (.657) record in season openers. In home openers, the Cowboys are even more impressive, posting an all-time record of 83-22 (.790).

    The Cowboys have won eight of their last 11 season-opening games, dating back to the 1998-99 season. They have won 16 of their last 20 home openers dating back to the 1990-91 season.

    A Look Back at last Saturday's Exhibition Win over Peru State:
    The Cowboys opened their 2010-11 season with a 100-55 exhibition win over the Peru State Bobcats on Sat., Nov. 6 in Laramie.

    The Pokes used hot shooting and a big rebounding edge to coast to the victory over their NAIA opponent. Wyoming outshot Peru State 59 percent to 31 percent and won the battle of the boards 47-31. UW also hit 13 three-pointers for the game.

    Sophomore Desmar Jackson led the Cowboys in scoring with 20 points, while junior Francisco Cruz dumped in 17 points on 7-9 shooting, including a perfect 3-3 from beyond the arch.

    UW sophomore Amath M'Baye impressed with a double-double in scoring and rebounding, 19 points and a team-high 11 boards. Senior Djibril Thiam also contributed 12 points to the cause.

    About Kean:
    Saturday's game marks the first-ever meeting between the Wyoming Cowboys and the Kean University Cougars.

    Kean is an NCAA Division III school located in Union, N.J. The school has an enrollment of 15,501. They play in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC).

    In a recent poll of the head coaches in the NJAC, Kean was picked to finish in second place in the conference's south division.

    The Cougars return three players with starting experience, including 2009-10 NJAC first-team all-star Jonathan Jones. Jones led the team in scoring (14.4 ppg), rebounding (12.5 rpg), steals (44) and blocks (27) last season. He was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Atlantic Region First Team.

    Tuning In:
    The game will be available on the radio in Laramie (KCGY-FM, 95.1), but will not be available on most Cowboy Sports Network affiliates due to the conflict with the Cowboy football game at UNLV. However, the basketball game will be available on the internet through Wyoming All-Access at www.wyomingathletics.com. A live video stream of the postgame press conference will also be available through All-Access.

    Up Next:
    The Cowboys will have a busy few days beginning next week, as they will play five games over the course of just nine days.

    First up for the Pokes will be a road trip to Northern Colorado on Tues., Nov. 16. They will then host North Florida on Thurs., Nov. 18 and Western Illinois on Sat., Nov. 20. Finally, they will travel to Cancun, Mexico for games against Missouri and either Providence or La Salle on Tues. and Wed., Nov. 23-24.

     

     

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