Cowboys Seek 10-0 on Saturday Against OPSU Aggies
Dec. 7, 2012
Laramie, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team looks to extend its perfect start to the 2012-13 season to 10-0 when the Cowboys host Oklahoma Panhandle State on Saturday at 2 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium. The 9-0 Pokes are coming off a dramatic 81-67 road win at Illinois State on Tuesday, as UW closed the game on a 36-7 run for the come-from-behind victory. The NCAA Division II Aggies are 4-4 on the season and most recently captured a high-scoring 113-104 home win over Paul Quinn College on Thursday.
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 follow live stats and live video of Wyoming's 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
A member of the Heartland Conference in NCAA Division II, Oklahoma Panhandle State enters its sixth season under head coach Jerry Olson in 2012-13. Olson and the Aggies went 3-23 overall and 0-14 in conference play last season and returned two starters and four letterwinners from that squad. OPSU has started the 2012-13 campaign with a 4-4 mark, including 3-1 at home and 1-3 away from home. OPSU beat Western State 91-88 at home on Nov. 24, an opponent Wyoming beat 62-42 to open the season. The Aggies are 2-2 in their last four games, and most recently earned a 113-104 home win over Paul Quinn College on Thursday night. OPSU is averaging over 89 points per game thanks to 47 percent from the field and 41 percent beyond the arc, while adding 17.5 assists per contest. On the defensive end, the Aggies allow opponents 83 points per game on 47 percent from the field and 34 percent from deep. Oklahoma Panhandle State has a plus 6.1 turnover margin, but a minus 7.4 rebounding margin.
Each Team's Leaders
Five Aggies average in double figures, led by senior Damar Hill at 13.0 points and 4.5 assists per game. Junior T.J. Farrell shoots a team-high 57 percent beyond the arc to add 12.8 points, while fellow junior Krys Randolph is right behind at 12.4 points in a team-high 28 minutes. Junior Brandon Caruthers contributes 10.6 points and 4.0 assists off the bench and sophomore Michael Patterson rounds out OPSU's scorers at 10.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Hill, Randolph and junior Bill Lee have started all eight games, while Patterson earned his first start of the season on Thursday. Randolph posted 22 points against Paul Quinn College to pace six Aggies in double figures. Caruthers added 19 points, Farrell had18 and Patterson added 17.
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