Cowboys look for second straight win over Gamecocks
LARAMIE -- The Wyoming Cowboys open the road portion of their schedule on Sunday with a 10 a.m. start against SEC foe South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. It is the third straight-season the teams have met with each teams taking contests at home.
The contest will also see head coach Allen Edwards coach against his longtime friend and mentor Frank Martin.
The game will be televised on the SEC Network and streamed on the WatchESPN App. Fans can 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. Keith Kelley will call the action.
A Look at the Matchup
Wyoming heads into the contest with a 1-0 record after defeating Idaho State 54-40 in the Arena-Auditorium on Tuesday. It was the fewest points allowed under Edwards. It also marked the fewest points to a Division I opponent in the season opener since 39 against Montana State in 1949. The Cowboys held the Bengals to 32 percent from the field for the lowest since Cincinnati shot 31 percent in the Cayman Islands in 2016.
The Gamecocks open the season with a 77-55 win over North Alabama on Wednesday evening in Columbia. South Carolina held UNA to 25 percent from the field for the night. South Carolina shot 49 percent from the field offensively.
The Gamecocks also owned a 46-37 advantage on the boards. South Carolina did commit 20 turnovers in the opener, but defensively, the Gamecocks forced North Alabama into 18 mistakes of their own.
Each Team’s Leaders
The Pokes were led in the season opener by redshirt sophomore guard Hunter Maldonado. He scored a career-high 32 points for the most by a Cowboy on opening night since Brandon Ewing in 2006. He scored 28 of his points in the second half, which outscored Idaho State. Redshirt sophomore Austin Mueller added seven rebounds to lead the team and senior guard A.J. Banks came off the bench with six points and four rebounds.
The Gamecocks were led in scoring in their opener by Justin Minaya, as he recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double. He was 7-of-10 from the field on the night. Jair Bolden added 14 points in 23 minutes of action. He also added eight rebounds and finished his night 5-of-9 from the field.
About The Series
Sunday’s game will mark the fifth meeting between the two schools dating back to the 2000 season. The series is tied at 2-2 with each team winning all contest on their home floor. Wyoming downed the Gamecocks last season in Laramie by a score of 73-64. South Carolina took the contest in 2017 in Columbia by a mark of 80-64.
Wyoming opens a four game home stand on Wednesday evening hosting Cal State Fullerton in the Arena-Auditorium for a 7 p.m. start.