LARAMIE, Wyo. (March 12, 2017) – The Cowboys host Eastern Washington in the first round of the College Basketball Invitation Presented by Five-Four on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium. It is the first meeting between the schools since they met in the 2003 NIT with UW winning 78-71 in Laramie.
Tickets start at $10/adult and $8/youth. Priority tickets will also be available for $16 (Gold) and $12 (Blue). Tickets can be purchased on GoWyo.com/tickets, over the phone at 307-766-7220 or in person from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wyoming Athletic Ticket Office. Student tickets will also be available for $5/ticket. Students would need to show their WYO-Wildbunch App or a student ID to purchase. Students can purchase these tickets in person at the Wyoming Athletic Ticket Office or at the Student Union Box Office.
The game will be broadcast live on radio over the 25 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network. Fans can follow live stats, watch and listen to the contest on GoWyo.com.
A Look at the Matchup
The Cowboys are 18-14 on the season after falling to Air Force 83-68 in the first round of the MW Championship. Wyoming is making its 28th postseason appearance. The Cowboys tied a school record with 307 three-pointers this season and added 9.6 threes per game for No. 20 in the nation. The Cowboys offense finished second in the MW in scoring averaging 77.5 per game. The Pokes grabbed 38.5 rebounds per game for second in the MW and held opponents to 40.4 percent from the field for No. 28 in the nation.
The Eagles are 22-11 overall this season and finished second in the Big Sky Conference. EWU lost to Weber state 80-72 in the Big Sky Conference tournament in Reno, Nev. The Eagles are scoring 79.2 points per game and are shooting 48 percent from the field. The Eagles shot 77 percent from the free throw line to lead the conference. Opponents are shooting 44 percent from the field and 37 percent from behind the arc against EWU this season. The Eagles grab 35.5 rebounds per game and add 4.8 blocks per night.
Each Team’s Leaders
The Cowboys are led by sophomore guard Justin James. He was named the MW Sixth Man of the Year by the conference media members and coaches. He adds 15.7 points per game for seventh in the MW. He is sixth in the league shooting 46.4 percent from the field. He has scored 20 or more points 10 times this season. Junior forward Hayden Dalton adds 12.5 points per game and grabs a team-best 8.4 rebounds per night for fifth in the MW. He has recorded 11 double-doubles this season. Senior guard Jason McManamen became UW’s all-time leader in three pointers at Colorado State and has 198 in his career. He adds 11.5 points per game for the Pokes. Junior forward Alan Herndon adds 11.2 points per night with 6.1 rebounds per game. He has 66 blocks this season to rank third in the MW. He has 104 in his career ranking sixth all-time at UW.
The Eagles are led by Bogdan Bliznyuk, as he was named Second Team All-Big Sky scoring 20.4 points per game and adding 6.6 rebounds. His counterpart Jacob Wiley was named Big Sky Player of the Year. He added 20.2 points per game and 9.2 rebounds. He shot 64 percent from the field and 83 percent from the free throw line. The duo both scored 45 points in one game, the only pair in the nation to do so in a 130-124 win over Portland State on Feb. 4.
About the Series
The Cowboys are 5-0 all-time against Eastern Washington in a series that dates back to 1947. Wyoming has won all three contests that have been played in Laramie.
Should the Cowboys advance, UW would face the winner of the Green Bay against Missouri-Kansas City contest.