Cowboys Look to Regain A Top 5 Spot In MWC

The Cowboys are in position to finish in the top five in the MWC, which would give them a bye in the first round of the MWC tournament. But they are going to have to get their job done themselves.

With back-to-back losses at UNLV and San Diego State in the past week, the Cowboys return to the AA for a 2 p.m., game on Saturday against San Jose State having falling into sixth place in the MWC.

The teams that finish in the top five spots in the standings earn a first-round bye in the MWC tournament.

The road to a bye starts with hosting the Spartans, who are 0-13 in the MWC, but did take the Cowboys to overtime before Wyoming pulled out a 90-85 victory at San Jose on Jan. 27. The Cowboys are 12-2 all-time against San Jose State, and have won all seven games between the two teams in Laramie.

After San Jose State the Cowboys have back-to-back games against two teams ahead of them in the MWC standings. New Mexico, which comes to the AA on Tuesday night, is in fifth place, a half-game ahead of the Cowboys. Next weekend the Cowboys are at Fresno, which is tied with UNLV for third place in the MWC, a game ahead of the Cowboys.

After those two games the Cowboys finish out their regular season schedule hosting Air Force on Feb. 28, and playing at Boise State on March. 3.

San Jose State has been challenged protecting the ball in a season in which they are 3-21 overall. They lead the nation with an average 17.2 turnovers per game.

Justin James leads the Cowboys averaging 18.6 points per game, third in the MWC. Hayden Dalton (18.0) and Alan Hernson (11.9) also have scored in double figures. Herdon leads the MWC with 58 blocks, 24th in the nation.

Ryan Welage (18.5 points per game) is the only San Jose player averaging in double figures.

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