* University of Wyoming press release

LARAMIE -- The Cowboys continue their opening home stretch Thursday. They play host to Nicholls at 8 p.m. inside the Arena-Auditorium for the first meeting since the 1997 season. It is the second of a three-game homestand to open the season for the Brown and Gold.

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Fans can listen to the watch the contest, as well as follow stats on GoWyo.com. The contest will be broadcast live on radio over the 26 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network, as Reece Monaco will have the call with Kevin McKinney on color.

The contest can be seen on the Mountain West Network with David Settle on the call alongside Brian Burton and Bridget Howard on the sidelines. To secure your seat in the Arena-Auditorium, purchase your tickets TODAY by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at (307) 766-7220 or visit Gowyo.com/tickets.

About The Teams

The Pokes shot 51 percent from the field and held the Cougars to 39 percent, as UW shot 59 percent from the field in the second half in the season opener on Monday. Wyoming knocked down 14 threes in the game with seven in each half.

The Cowboys held a 41-39 advantage on the glass and recorded 11 fast break points. UW added 21 assists and scored 50 points off the bench for the most in a game since scoring 57 against New Mexico in 2018.

The Colonels opened the season Monday night, as well. They fell at Arizona, 117-75. Nicholls was picked to finish second in the Southland Conference Preseason Poll, a year after winning the regular-season title.

About The Players

The Pokes were led by forward Jeremiah Oden, as he tied a career best with 17 points in only 18 minutes of action in the season opener. Guard Max Agbonkpolo added 16 points off the bench along with six rebounds. Forward Hunter Thompson added 15 points for the Pokes with a team-high four three pointers. Guard Hunter Maldonado added 13 points and seven assists, as he moved into the top-five in career assists in the Mountain West with 520. Guard Noah Reynolds added 12 points just two points shy of his career high.

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Guard Jake Kyman added 10 points for the Pokes. Guard Ethan Anderson added seven points with eight assists and tied for the team high in rebounds with six alongside Agbonkpolo.

Nicholls is led by Micah Thomas who came off the bench to pace the team with 20 points and three assists at Arizona. Latrell Jones added 16 points, while Caleb Huffman and Pierce Spencer chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively. Manny Littles led the attack on the glass with seven rebounds.

The Colonels shot 40.3 percent from the floor, and that included a 38.9 percent clip from beyond the 3-point arc, against the Wildcats. Nicholls struggled from the charity strip, connecting on just 45.5 percent of its freebies. The Colonels allowed Arizona to hit 71.7 percent of its field goal attempts and 61.1 percent of its shots from 3-point land.

About The Series

Wyoming is 1-0 all-time against Nicholls, earning an 84-69 win over the Colonels in Casper on Dec. 27, 1997.

Up Next

The Cowboys continue playing the Southland Conference, as they host Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium.

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