Game notes: Rams, Cowboys renew rivalry in Laramie
Feb. 4, 2011
The Rams and Cowboys are coming off of near upsets conference co-leaders No. 7/6 San Diego State and No. 8/9 BYU, respectively, on Wednesday night. Colorado State, tied for third in the league standings with UNLV, battled to a 54-54 tie with 10 seconds remaining, before SDSU’s hit a game-winner with less than 2 seconds on the clock to lift the Aztecs to 22-1.
Wyoming trailed BYU by just one point with less than a minute to play before Jimmer Fredette and the Cougars escaped the Arena-Auditorium with a 69-62 victory.
The Cowboys have dropped six consecutive games, with their lone win in conference play coming against New Mexico on Jan. 8. Despite the poor record, however, the Cowboys are coming off one of their best performances of the conference season on Wednesday, falling to No. 8/9 BYU, 69-62. Wyoming led for part of the game, and was within a point with a minute left.
Sophomore Desmar Jackson is the Cowboy’s leading scorer averaging 15.8 points per contest, fourth in the MWC. The Pokes’ lineup features three other regular starters each average 8.9 points or more (senior Djibril Thiam, 10.6; sophomore Amath M’Baye, 10.2 and junior Francisco Cruz, 8.9). M’baye is Wyoming’s top rebounder (5.6 per game; eighth in MWC), followed by Thiam (4.8) and Jackson (4.7). Jackson leads the team in minutes played (30.8) and steals (48), while Thiam is the team’s best shooter (56.8 percent) and leading blocker (31). Jackson’s 48 steals ranks second in the conference, and Thiam’s block total ranks fourth.
As a team, the Cowboys are rank in the top half of the MWC in just two statistical categories: steals per game (7.4; fourth) and turnover margin (+1.27; fourth). They rank last in scoring offense, averaging 65.8 points per game, and are also last in the league in three-point shooting (28.1 percent) and three-point defense (38.9 percent).
Head coach Heath Schroyer is in his fourth year at helm of the Wyoming program, where he has compiled a record of 49-67 heading into Saturday’s contest. Overall he is 84-114 in his seventh season.
Wyoming has the upper hand in the overall series, leading the 128-84, but Colorado State has won taken three straight from the Cowboys, sweeping the series in 2009-10 and gaining a 73-60 victory at Moby Arena on Jan. 4 in the MWC season opener.
In 26 matchups since the formation of the Mountain West Conference in 1999-2000, the Rams trail 15-11, but the Rams have won nine of the last 16 meetings.
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