Pokes Look for Two Straight Road Wins

After suffering an 11-point loss at Denver 10 days ago, the Cowboys are looking to finish up their first road trip of the season with two consecutive wins.

Wyoming will make its third of three consecutive road trips when it travels to Wichita, Kan. for a Saturday night matchup with the Wichita State Shockers on Nov. 24. The game is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m., Mountain Time (7 p.m., Central Time).

First-year head coach Heath Schroyer has emphasized that winning on the road is something the Cowboys must learn to be successful at this season. Wyoming lost its first road game of the year at Denver on Nov. 13 by a 65-76 score, but the team bounced back with a 75-71 road win at Lamar six days later.

The victory over the Cardinals last Monday marked the first road win for the Cowboys since Jan. 3, 2007 when UW defeated San Diego State 66-65 to open Mountain West Conference play. The Pokes had lost seven consecutive road games prior to last Monday's win.

Senior forward Joseph Taylor played one of the best games of his two-year career against Lamar, scoring 13 points, pulling down nine rebounds, handing out two assists and making two steals in 27 minutes. All of those statistics were season highs for Taylor. The Los Angeles native also had three dunks on the night, while shooting 75.0 percent from the field (6 of 8) on the night. His 13 points marked the third double-figure scoring game of his career and the first this season.

Taylor currently leads the Mountain West Conference in field-goal percentage, shooting an impressive 78.6 percent. He has missed only three field-goal attempts this year, converting on 11 of the 14 shots he has attempted.

Playing in only his third college game, true freshman Adam Waddell of Cody, Wyo., also made a significant contribution, adding 12 points, two rebounds and a block in just 14 minutes of play. He was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and hit 4-of-5 free throws on the night.

Three of this year's Cowboys are leading the Mountain West Conference in statistical categories entering this week. Brandon Ewing leads the league in scoring, averaging 19.3 points per game. Brad Jones leads in assists, handing out 5.67 per contest, and Joseph Taylor leads the league in field-goal percentage. Ewing also leads in minutes played (37.00 mpg) with Jones a close second (36.67 mpg).

Saturday's game at Wichita State will mark the first time freshman point guard Marios Matalon will be available for Wyoming. Matalon, from Thessaloniki, Greece, had to miss the first three regular-season outings based on an interpretation from the NCAA, which often requires international players to be held out based on how many games they may have played with their club teams overseas. Freshman Mikhail Linskens will not be available to play for the Cowboys until their matchup with Akron on Saturday, Dec. 1. Linskens, from Bredene, Belgium was required by the NCAA to miss Wyoming's first five regular-season games this season.

Saturday's Wyoming at Wichita State game will be broadcast on radio over the 25 affiliates of the Cowboy Sports Network, beginning with the pregame show one-half hour before game time. There is no television coverage of this Saturday's game.

Following Saturday's game at Wichita State, Wyoming will return home on Monday, Nov. 26 to host Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a 7 p.m. contest in the Arena-Auditorium.

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