Cowboys Hoops Opens MW Schedule Hosting Air Force Wednesday
From the desk of Nick Seeman/Wyoming Athletic Department
LARAMIE – The Wyoming Cowboys return to the friendly confines of the Arena-Auditorium on Wednesday hosting Air Force in the MW opener at 7 p.m. It is the first game of a four-game homestand for the Cowboys. It is the second time in four years that Wyoming has opened conference play with the Falcons.
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Fans can watch, listen to the contest and follow stats on GoWyo.com. The contest will be broadcast live on radio over the 26 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network, as Dave Walsh will have the call with Kevin McKinney on color.
A Look at the Matchup
Wyoming heads into the contest with a 3-5 overall record after dropping a pair of games at the MGM Main Event in Las Vegas last week. The Cowboy defense has been strong all season long ranking No. 32 in the nation and second in the MW allowing 59.9 points per game. The Pokes have held opponents to 38.5 percent from the field for the season, which ranks third in the MW and No. 64 in the nation. Wyoming has also held the opposition to 29 percent from behind the arc, which ranks fourth in the conference.
The Falcons are also 3-5 overall for the season. Air Force defeated Jackson State 76-52 on Sunday at home. The two teams played one common opponent in TCU, as Air Force fell on the road to the Horned Frogs 65-54. The Falcons are averaging 69.6 points per game and are allowing 70.6 per night. Air Force is shooting 45.7 percent from the field and allowing the opponent 47.4 percent from the floor.
Each Team’s Leaders
The Pokes are led in scoring by redshirt sophomore Hunter Maldonado at 15.8 points per game to rank ninth in the conference. He has scored in double-figures in every game this season. He is No. 28 in the nation in free throws made this season with 37. He also leads the team grabbing 5.6 rebounds per game. Senior guard Jake Hendricks adds 7.9 points per game for the season with 16 made three pointers to rank ninth in the conference. He adds 5.4 rebounds per game to rank third on the Cowboys.
Air Force is led in scoring and rebounding by LaVelle Scottie. He averages 13.1 points per game to go along with 6.1 rebounds. He also has 15 assists on the season. AJ Walker adds 11 points per game and is tied for the team lead with 19 assists. Ryan Swan also adds double-figures at 10.4 per game. He also adds 3.4 rebounds per game and is shooting 55 percent from the field.
About The Series
Wyoming and Air Force will meet for the 118th time on Wednesday. The Pokes own a 78-39 record against the Falcons all-time and are 41-15 in the Arena-Auditorium. AFA has taken three of the last four meetings against the Brown and Gold.
Wyoming hosts New Mexico on Saturday at 2 p.m. Wyoming will honor former Cowboy Fennis Dembo prior to the contest and the first 3,000 fans will receive a Fennis Dembo Bobble Head.