Pokes Play at Fresno State on Tuesday
Jan. 25, 2016
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
| Gameday Central
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team faces a short turnaround and a tough challenge at Fresno State on Tuesday. The Cowboys (10-11, 3-5 MW) dropped their second-straight game last Saturday and now visit the Bulldogs (13-7, 4-3 MW), a team they are just 1-9 all-time on the road against. That one win happened to be in their last trip, though, as the Pokes earned a triple-overtime 70-65 victory last year in the Save Mart Center. Tuesday's tip is set for 8 p.m. MT in the building.
Fans can follow live stats, audio and ESPN3 video of the contest through the gameday central page on GoWYO.com. The contest will also be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network.
A Look at the Matchup
Head coach Larry Shyatt and the Pokes dropped to a tie for eighth in the MW standings at 10-11 overall and 3-5 in the conference after an 81-71 home loss to Boise State last Saturday. The Pokes would cut BSU's lead to four on a layup with 3:31 left, but that would be as close as Wyoming could get. The Cowboys had one last chance down by six with 52 seconds to go, but Boise State made two free throws and converted an and-one play with 35 seconds left to ice the game with an 11-point lead. Wyoming made 52 percent (25-of-48) from the field for its fifth game this season over 50 percent and first time in MW play and added 48 percent (10-of-21) beyond the arc, their second-best showing this season. Boise State made 47 percent (24-of-51) and 39 percent (13-of-33), as its 13 made triples and 33 attempts were both season highs for a UW foe. The Cowboys won the rebounding battle for the sixth time this season with a 32-26 lead on the boards, but committed 14 turnovers to just five for the Broncos, a season low for UW opponent. On the season, Wyoming averages 69.4 points on 43 percent from the field and 36 percent from deep. The Cowboys rank third in the conference from three, while their 9.1 triples per game are second in the MW and 33rd in the NCAA. Their 73 percent at the free-throw line is second in the league and 53rd in the nation. Defensively, Wyoming allows 70.1 points on 42 and 33 percent, respectively. Wyoming's 17.9 fouls per game are third in the conference and 67th nationally.
Head coach Rodney Terry and Fresno State are tied for fourth in the MW standings at 13-7 overall and 4-3 in league play. The Bulldogs have followed each of their conference wins with a loss this season, but most recently earned a 56-55 road win at Air Force last Saturday. FS scored five points in the final 32 seconds to secure the victory, but it was the Bulldog defense that registered 12 steals and fueled FS' transition offense to a 28-6 advantage in points off turnovers. Fresno State shot 35 percent (20-of-58) from the field, 36 percent (9-of-25) from deep and 64 percent (7-of-11) at the free-throw line. The game featured three ties and 14 leads changes. Overall, the Bulldogs average 74.3 points per game on 44 percent from the field and 33 percent beyond the arc. Their 13.8 offensive rebounds lead the MW and are 24th in the NCAA. Defensively, Fresno State allows 69.2 points on 42 and 32 percent. The Bulldogs nab 8.1 steals per game for second in the league, while their plus 3.1 turnover margin is second as well.
Each Team's Leaders
Junior guard Jason McManamen posted a career-high 25 points, including three triples, against Boise State last Saturday, as he has 16 threes in the last five games. His 12.8 points per game are 15th in the MW, while his team-best 43 percent beyond the arc and 2.5 threes per game are both third. McManamen was looking to fill in for senior guard Josh Adams, who was suspended for the game against the Broncos. Adams averages 24.6 points per game to lead the MW and rank fifth in the NCAA in the category. His 2.9 threes per game also lead the league and are 45th nationally. He also paces the Pokes at 5.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. Sophomore forward Alan Herndon tied a career high with 16 points versus Boise State and added seven rebounds. He contributes 7.4 points and 4.7 boards per game. Fellow sophomore forward Hayden Dalton chipped in a career-high five assists, while sophomore guard Alexander Aka Gorski did the same with four. Aka Gorski and freshman guard Justin James finished with nine points apiece.
The Bulldogs are paced by MW Preseason Player of the Year Marvell Harris. The senior guard's 18.9 points per game are third in the league, while his 4.3 assists are first in the MW and 143rd in the nation. He also ranks second in the conference at 1.9 steals per game and a 2.0 assist-turnover ratio. He finished with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks against Air Force. Junior forward Torren Jones is the other Bulldog to average in double-figure points at 11.1 per game. His team-high 8.1 rebounds are third in the MW, while his 3.5 offensive rebounds per game pace the conference and rank 26th in the NCAA. Jones had 14 points and eight rebounds versus the Falcons. Fellow junior forward Karachi Edo's 7.2 rebounds per game are fifth in the league, as he adds 9.2 points and a team-high 1.4 blocks per contest. Harris and Edo, along with redshirt senior guard Cezar Guerrero and junior guard Paul Watson, have started all 20 of Fresno State's games this season.
About the Series
The Cowboys trail the Bulldogs in the all-time series, 9-12, and are just 1-9 all-time on the road. Wyoming's last trip to Fresno was that victory, though, as the Cowboys earned a 70-65 win in triple overtime. The two squads would battle through 15 lead changes and 11 ties, before Charles Hankerson Jr. nailed a three with 14 seconds left in the third extra period to give the 25th-ranked Cowboys their fourth-straight road win and first victory ever at Fresno.
Wyoming hosts the 223rd Border War when the Cowboys welcome Colorado State to the Arena-Auditorium on Saturday at 4 p.m. MT. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or online at GoWYO.com.