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Wyoming Cowboys to battle New Mexico in Thursday MWC quarterfinals

Posted at 5:40 PM, Mar 08, 2018

(UW Athletics release)

LAS VEGAS – The Cowboys continue their run for a Mountain West Championship on Thursday in the quarterfinals battling third-seeded New Mexico at 9:30 p.m. MT in the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev. The two teams combined for 133 points in their last meeting on Feb. 20 in Laramie.

The contest can be seen on CBS Sports Network with Andrew Catalon on the play-by-play and Steve Lappas on color. Fans can listen and follow live stats on 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 Cowboys are now 20-12 overall earning the 23rd 20-win season in school history after downing San Jose State 74-61 in the first round of the championship on Wednesday. The Pokes hit 10 threes against the Spartans and have knocked down double-digit threes in five of their last six games.

Wyoming and opponents are shooting 44 percent from the field this season. Wyoming is spreading the ball around averaging 15.6 assists per game and have assists on 59 percent of their baskets this season. Wyoming is two assists shy of 500 this season after recording 20 against the Spartans.

The Lobos head into the MW Tournament winners of five-straight games sporting a 17-4 overall record and finished third in the MW race at 12-6. The Lobos lead the MW and rank seventh in the nation in three pointers made this season with 345. The Lobos are 25 threes short of breaking the Cowboys’ MW record of 369 from a season ago.

New Mexico pressures the basketball better than any other team in the MW forcing 16.9 turnovers per game on the season for eighth in the nation. New Mexico also leads the MW and ranks eighth in the nation in turnover margin at +4.3.

The Pokes are led in scoring by junior guard Justin James at 19.3 points per game for third in the MW, which ranks No. 65 in the nation. James also leads the Pokes in assists at 3.0 per game and ranks second on UW grabbing 6.0 rebounds per night. Senior forward Hayden Dalton adds 17.9 points per game for fourth in the MW. He leads UW and ranks fifth in the MW grabbing 7.8 rebounds per night.

Senior forward Alan Herndon adds 11.6 points per game this season and leads the MW and ranks No. 24 in the nation with 71 total blocks. Herndon also leads the league at 2.2 blocks per game, which ranks No. 28 in the nation. Senior guard Louis Adams adds 9.8 points per game off the Pokes’ bench.

The Lobos are led in scoring by Third team All-MW selection Anthony Mathis at 13.3 points per game, as New Mexico features seven players that score over nine points per game. Sam Logwood adds 13.3 points per night. Antino Jackson was an Honorable Mention and All-Defensive team player in the MW, as he added 10.3 points per game. He is third in the league with 134 total assists this season.

The Cowboys trail in the all-time series with New Mexico 67-70. Wyoming does own a 3-2 record against the Lobos all-time in neutral court games. The Lobos took both contest against the Cowboys this season and have won three of the last four meetings.

The winner of Wednesday night’s contest will face No. 3 New Mexico in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 9:30 p.m. MT on CBS Sports Network.