Pokes look to sweep season series from Nevada tonight
* University of Wyoming Athletics media relations release
LARAMIE -- The Cowboys return to the Dome of Doom on Saturday in search a season sweep over the Nevada Wolf Pack. Tip time is set for at 6 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
The Cowboys have four games remaining with three of those contests in the Arena-Auditorium. Wyoming is 12-0 at home this season.
Fans may order tickets online at GoWyo.com/tickets, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (307) 766-7220. Fans can also 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. Reece Monaco will have the call along with Kevin McKinney on color.
About The Teams
The Pokes head into the contest with a 22-5 overall record and a 11-3 mark in the conference sitting in second place.
Wyoming fell on the road at Colorado State by a score of 61-55 Wednesday night. The Pokes knocked down 11 3-pointers against the Rams and have hit 10 or more three in seven games this season and average 8.1 three-pointers per game. Wyoming is shooting 35 percent from behind the arc this season and 47 percent from the field.
Wyoming is holding the opposition to 42 percent from the field and under 30 percent from behind the three point line.
The Wolf Pack have righted the ship of late, winning three of their last four games.
They sit in eighth in the Mountain West Conference standings with a 6-9 league record. Nevada averages 72.9 points per game, shooting 45.1 percent from the floor and 33.6 percent from 3-point land. The Wolf Pack allow foes to score 73.7 points, hitting 43.7 percent of their shots and 35.6 percent from deep.
About The Players
Wyoming is led by scoring this season by Graham Ike at 20.6 per game to rank second in the league and No. 12 in the nation. He also leads the team in rebounds at 9.6 per game for second in the MW. He is one of three players in the nation to average over 20 points per game and nine or more rebounds.
Hunter Maldonado adds 19.0 points per game to rank fourth in the MW. He ranks second in the conference and ranks sixth in the nation with 6.2 assists per game. Drake Jeffries adds 10.7 points per night and ranks No. 13 in the nation shooting 43 percent from behind the arc.
Ike and Maldonado combined to hit just five buckets from the field Wednesday night in Fort Collins. The duo netted just 12 points in the loss to the Rams, by far their lowest output of the season. Jeffries led the Pokes with 22 and sank six 3-pointers.
The Wolf Pack are led by Grant Sherfield who pours in 18.7 points per game, and that ranks fifth-best in the Mountain West Conference. He also leads the team in assists with 6.5 per contest, which ranks first in the league, while also corralling 4.1 rebounds per game.
Desmond Cambridge Jr. adds 16.9 points per contest and stuffs the stat sheet in many other categories. He averages 5.3 rebounds, two assists, 1.7 steals and 1.3 blocks per contest.
Will Baker and Warren Washington also score in double figures, chipping in 11.9 and 10.2 points per game, respectively.
About The Series
Wyoming leads the all-time series with Nevada, 18-9, in a series that dates back to 1938. The two squads have split the last 10 meetings, however, the Pokes currently possess a four-game win streak over the Wolf Pack.
Wyoming needs to take care of its own business inside the A-A Saturday, but will also have a watchful eye on two crucial games in the Mountain West Conference. Boise State, which sits a game ahead of the Pokes in the loss column, travels to the Thomas and Mack Center tonight to take on the red-hot UNLV Rebels, who have won four of their last five games.
That game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.
CSU is one game behind Wyoming in the loss column. The Rams will travel to Logan to take on the Aggies inside The Spectrum. Tipoff is slated for 8:30 p.m.
Wyoming remains at home, playing host to San Diego State on Monday at 7 p.m. inside the Arena-Auditorium.
Mountain West Standings
* Boise State: 22-6, 13-2
* Wyoming: 22-5, 11-3
* CSU: 22-4, 12-4
* San Diego State: 18-7, 10-4
* UNLV: 17-11, 9-6
* Fresno State: 17-10, 7-7
* Utah State: 16-13, 7-9
* Nevada: 12-14, 6-9
* New Mexico: 11-17, 3-11
* Air Force: 10-16, 3-12
* San Jose State: 8-20, 1-15