Cowboys Look to Tame Bobcats on Saturday
Nov. 27, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team will celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, but is right back to work on Saturday when the Cowboys host Montana State at 7:30 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium. The Pokes (4-2) are coming off a hard-fought 65-50 loss at No. 7/6 Ohio State last Monday, but will look to improve to 5-0 at home in 2013-14 against a Bobcat (2-4) squad that is playing its fifth game away from home this season.
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 GoWYO.com. The contest will also be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network.
A Look at the Matchup
In his seventh year at the helm for Montana State, head coach Brad Huse has the Bobcats off to a 2-4 start to the 2013-14 season. MSU has played just two home games, though, and three of those four losses have come by six points or less. Montana State started the season with an 84-55 home loss to Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 9, before losing at UC Riverside, 72-67, on Nov. 17. MSU followed with a 1-2 showing at the Central Michigan tournament, including a 59-54 win over Central Michigan. Most recently, the Bobcats won a 77-62 home contest over Cal State Northridge last Tuesday. Four Montana State players scored in double figures to help the team shoot a season-high 52 percent (25-of-48) from the field and 46 percent (12-of-26) beyond the arc. MSU led by seven at halftime, 37-30, and stretched the advantage to 20 points midway through the second half. On the season, the Bobcats average 67.2 points on 42 percent from the floor and 31 percent beyond the arc, while allowing opponents 70.7 points on 46 percent and 33 percent, respectively. Picked to finish sixth in the Big Sky Conference preseason coaches poll, Montana State returned three starters from a team that went 13-17 overall last season.
Each Team's Leaders
Sophomore guard Marcus Colbert is the only Bobcat to average in double figures at 11.2 points per game, thanks to a team-high 52 percent from deep. He scored 17 points and added six assists against Cal State Northridge in his first start of the season, as nine different Bobcats have made at least one start this season. Sophomore forward Terrell Brown added 11 points and two steals against CSUN, as he averages 9.3 points and 2.5 rebounds on the season. Senior center Paul Egwuonwu leads MSU at 9.2 rebounds and is second in points at 9.8. He did not start against CSUN, but did score 11 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Senior forward Calen Coleman is the only Bobcat to have started all six games, contributing 9.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. Junior forward Eric Norman and junior center Blake Brumwell were MSU's other two starters against Northridge, but have combined for just three starts in 2013-14.
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