Pokes look to extend lead in standings, Border War series
* University of Wyoming Athletics media relations release
LARAMIE -- The Wyoming Cowboys will host No. 22 Colorado State in the Arena-Auditorium in the First Border War contest of the season. The contest set for 6 p.m. MT. on Monday will be a White Out, as Cowboy fans are encouraged to wear white.
The contest will be televised on the FS1.
Fans may order tickets online at GoWyo.com/tickets, by emailing email@example.com or by calling (307) 766-7220.
Fans can watch and listen to the contest, as well as follow stats on GoWyo.com. The contest will be broadcast live on radio over the 26 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network, as Reece Monaco will have the call with Kevin McKinney on color.
About The Teams
Wyoming heads into the game with a 16-3 overall record and a 5-1 mark in the Mountain West after defeating Air Force on a Hunter Maldonado buzzer beater on Friday.
The Pokes are 8-0 at home this season. Wyoming is third in the conference in points per game at 76.7, as Colorado State leads the league. Wyoming is second in the conference and No. 16 in the nation holding teams to 28 percent from behind the arc. Wyoming averages 10.6 turnovers per game to rank in the top-25 in the nation.
The Rams will look to bounce back Monday after suffering their first loss at home this season and just their second overall. They ended up on the wrong end of an 88-74 decision against UNLV. Colorado State hasn’t played many road games this season, going 2-1 with the lone loss occurring at San Diego State.
The Rams boast the top scoring offense in the Mountain West Conference, pouring in 78.3 points per game, while they allow 66.8 points per contest. Colorado State is connecting on a league-best 49.8 percent of its field goal attempts and 38.3 percent of its attempts from beyond the 3-point line.
About The Players
Wyoming is led in scoring by Graham Ike at 19.9 points per game, a number that ranks second the MW conference and No. 25 in the nation. He also leads the team grabbing 8.9 rebounds per game to rank third in the MW.
Hunter Maldonado adds 18.5 points per game to rank fifth in the conference. He leads the team with 6.4 assists per game to lead the conference and rank sixth in the nation. Drake Jeffries adds 11.2 points per game. He leads the conference and ranks fourth in the nation shooting 48 percent from behind the arc.
The Rams are led by a pair of players -- David Roddy and Isaiah Stevens. Roddy pours in 18.3 points per game, good enough for seventh in the conference. He adds 7.9 rebounds and three assists per contest. Stevens collects 16.2 points per game, ranking him 10th in the league, and a team-best 5.1 assists per game, which ranks fifth in the MW.
John Tonje comes off the bench to chip in 9.9 points per game, while Dichon Thomas adds 7.3 points per contest.
About The Series
Wyoming leads the all-time series against the Rams 136-100, in a series that dates back to 1911. Colorado State has gotten the better of the Pokes, claiming wins in seven of the last 10 meetings, three of which were in Laramie.
Wyoming remains at home, hosting Boise State on Thursday at 7 p.m. inside the Arena-Auditorium.