Pokes Tangle with Tigers Tonight
Nov. 18, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team concludes play in the Global Sports Main Event by hosting Jackson State at 7:30 p.m. MT tonight in the Arena-Auditorium. The Cowboys (2-1) are coming off a dominant 85-64 home win over Arkansas State last Saturday, while the Tigers (1-3) will be playing their third road game in five days tonight.
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 and audio of the game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on GoWYO.com. The contest will also be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network.
A Look at the Matchup
Jackson State went 11-18 overall last season and 9-9 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference to earn the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. The Tigers won in the quarterfinals, before falling in the semifinals to end their season. First-year head coach Wayne Brent inherited just two letterwinners and one starter from that squad, though. Jackson State has 12 newcomers on its 2013-14 roster and was picked to finish fifth in the preseason SWAC poll. The Tigers have started their season 1-3, as tonight will be their third road game in five days. JSU earned an 84-82 win at Air Force last Thursday, before falling 90-74 at Colorado last Saturday. The Buffs led 46-35 at halftime and stretched the advantage over 20 most of the second half. CU shot over 60 percent from the field and 50 percent beyond the arc, while holding the Tigers to below 40 percent in each. The Tigers committed 27 fouls to help CU go 29-of-43 at the free throw line.
Each Team's Leaders
Freshman guard Javeres Brent leads the Jackson State attack at 14.8 points per game, as he shoots a team-high 39 percent (14-of-36) from deep. Senior guard Julysses Nobles is JSU's only other scorer in double figures at 13.8 per game. He is second on the team at 6.3 rebounds and paces the Tigers at 3.7 assists per game. Brent and Nobles have combined with five other Tigers to make at least one start this season. Freshman forward Treshawn Bolden, graduate student center Brandon West and senior guard Jeff Stubbs are the only Tigers to start all four games this season. West adds 9.5 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. Bolden and Stubbs contribute 5.3 and 7.8 points per game, respectively. Nine Tigers played at least 13 minutes in Jackson State's loss at Colorado.
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