Cowboys Meet Saint Louis in Opening Round of Myrtle Beach Invitational
* University of Wyoming press release
LARAMIE -- The Wyoming Cowboys head to the East Coast for the opening round contest of the Myrtle Beach Invitational where they will face Saint Louis of the Atlantic-10 Conference on Thursday at Noon in the HTC Center on the campus of Coastal Carolina.
It is the first meeting between the two schools since 1954, as Wyoming will face either Vermont or College of Charleston on Friday.
Fans can listen to the contest, as well as follow stats on GoWyo.com. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and will be broadcast live on radio over the 26 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network, as Keith Kelley on the call and Kevin McKinney commentating.
About The Teams
Wyoming heads into the game with a 2-0 record after defeating Cal Poly by a score of 80-66 on Saturday. Wyoming is averaging 92 points per game are allowing 61 per contest. The Pokes are shooting 57.5 percent from the field to rank in the top-five in the nation and are shooting 48.8 percent from behind the arc that ranks seventh in the nation. Wyoming is sharing the basketball with 18.5 assists per game and are defending the rim with 6.5 blocks per contest, which ranks first in the conference.
Saint Louis is 3-0 on the season after defeating Illinois State by a score of 80-71 on Saturday. SLU also has wins over Southern Indiana and Lincoln on the season. Saint Louis is scoring 85.7 points per game and allowing 66.7 points. The Billikens are shooting 46.2 percent from the field and are holding opponents to 37.7 percent. Saint Louis records only 9.3 turnovers per game.
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About The Players
Wyoming is led in scoring by guard Sam Griffin and Akuel Kot at 18.5 points per game. Griffin adds 3.5 assists per game along with three rebounds. He is shooting 667.7 percent from the field and 60 percent from behind the arc. Kot adds five assists per game and is 15-of-16 from the free throw line on the season. Forward Cam Manyawu was named the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Week averaging a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds a game. He is shooting 80 percent from the field. Forward Oleg Kojenets adds 10 points per game and four blocks per game, as that number ranks in the top-five in the nationa this season.
Saint Louis is led in scoring by Terrence Hargrove Jr at 16 points per game. He also leads the team grabbing 6.7 rebounds per game. Sincere Parker is adding 15.7 points per game for the season and adds 4.7 rebounds. Gibson Jimerson records 15 points per game and is shooting 43.5 percent from behind the arc.
About The Series
The Cowboys are 1-1 all-time against Saint Louis. Each team has won contests in their home arenas, as the two teams have not met since Dec. 18, 1954.
The Pokes will face either College of Charleston or Vermont in the second round of the Myrtle Beach Invitational on Friday with a time to be determined.
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