(UW Athletics release)
LARAMIE, Wyo. – The Pokes head to New Mexico for a mid-week showdown with the Lobos in “The Pit” on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. The Cowboys will look to tie the all-time series that stands at 68-67 in favor of UNM.
Wednesday’s game will be televised live on Facebook. The telecast will be produced by Mountain West Conference television partner Stadium. Fans can listen to the game and follow live stats on GoWyo.com. The game will be broadcast live on radio over the 25 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network. Dave Walsh will have the play-by-play alongside Kevin McKinney on the color.
The Pokes moved to 11-5 on the season and 2-1 in MW play after their 79-78 win over Boise State on Saturday. The Cowboys have made a habit of getting to the free throw line this season. Wyoming is third in the MW and No. 33 nationally in free throw attempts with 388 this season. UW has capitalized on those attempts ranking third in the MW and No. 20 in the nation with 288 makes for 74.2 percent (No. 2 in MW and No. 65 in the Nation).
Wyoming has been solid defending the rim leading the conference in blocked shots per game at 4.4 for No. 74 in the nation. Wyoming has also been cleaning up the defensive glass grabbing 29.9 defensive boards per game for second in the league and ninth in the country. Wyoming is shooting 43 percent from the field and holding the opposition to 42 percent.
The Lobos are 7-10 on the season and 2-2 in MW play after downing San Jose State 80-47 on Saturday. New Mexico leads the MW and ranks fourth in the nation in three point attempts this season at 536. The Lobos have connected on 35 percent of those attempts going 187-of-536. UNM is shooting 42 percent from the field as a team. New Mexico leads the MW and ranks fourth in the nation at 11 three pointers per game.
New Mexico leads the MW in free throw percentage at 76 percent for No. 30 in the nation. The Lobos grab 34.2 rebounds per game and record 7.8 steals per night.
The Pokes are led in scoring by senior forward Hayden Dalton. He is averaging 17.4 points per game, which ranks seventh in the MW. He also leads UW in rebounding at 8.1 per game for fifth in the league. He ranks No. 37 in the nation in defensive rebounds per game at 6.8. Junior guard Justin James adds 16.9 points per game for second on the team and adds 6.3 rebounds per night. He surpassed 1,000 career points on Saturday against Boise State.
Senior forward Alan Herndon adds 12.5 points per game for UW and leads the MW in total blocks at 38, which also ranks No. 26 in the nation. He is the MW’s active leader in blocks with 150 in his career. Senior forward Louis Adams adds 10.1 points off the bench for UW and is tied for second on the team with 73 free throw attempts. He is 56-of-73 from the line for 77 percent.
New Mexico is led in scoring by Sam Logwood at 12.9 points per game. He missed the last contest with an injury. He is second on the team in rebounding at 4.9 per game. Chris McNeal adds 10.9 points per game for second on the team. Anthony Mathis has hit 42 three pointers this season to lead the team for 2.5 three per game, which ranks sixth in the MW.
Wednesday’s game is the 135th meeting between the two schools that dates back to 1950. Wyoming is 24-42 all-time on the road against the Lobos and have won two of the last three meetings.
The Pokes return to the Arena-Auditorium on Saturday to host Colorado State for the first Border War match up of the season. The game is slated for a 2 p.m. start and will be televised on CBSSN.