Cowboys Hoops Host New Mexico in Must Win Tuesday

It’s not do-or-die for the Cowboys basketball team on Tuesday night.

But it’s close.

The Cowboys host New Mexico in what is a battle for the fifth seed in the MWC tournament, which would mean a first-round buy for the team that finishes fifth. The Cowboys and Lobos are currently tied with Fresno State for fourth place in the MWC with four regular-season games to play.

The Cowboys host New Mexico on Tuesday and Air Force on Feb. 28 with road games remaining against Fresno on Saturday, and second-place Boise State on Feb. 3.

New Mexico beat the Cowboys 75-66 at Albuquerque on Jan. 10, but if the Cowboys win on Tuesday night and wind up tied with New Mexico for the fifth spot Wyoming would have the tiebreaker edge by virtue of having wins against the top two teams in the MWC – Boise State and first-place Nevada.

The Cowboys are led in scoring by junior guard Justin James at 18.5 points per game, ranking third in the Mountain West. He also is averaging a team-best 3.1 assists per game. Hayden Dalton, who has scored 20 or more points in eight of the last nine games, is averaging 18.1 points, and leads the Cowboys with 8.1 rebounds per game.

The Cowboys are hopeful for the return of reserve guard Louis Adams, who ranks fourth on the team at 9.1 points per game. He missed the last two games with a sprained ankle. 

Anthony Mathis leads a balanced New Mexico scoring attack with 12.9 points per game, one of seven players on the team averaging at least eight points a game.

The Cowboys are 40-24 all-time against the Lobos in Laramie, but trail in the all-time series that dates back to 1970 by a 69-67 margin.

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