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Cowboys set to play basketball contest at WIHS
Oct 30, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
History will be made Wednesday when the University of Wyoming men's basketball team plays for the first time in Ethete.
Game time is 7 p.m. at Wyoming Indian High School. The game against Fort Lewis is an exhibition contest on Wyoming's schedule.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 or by going online to GoWYO.com.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
"We won't be hearing the Chiefs chant, but we will be hearing the Wyoming chant," Wyoming Indian Elementary principal Owen St. Clair said.
The game is a collaboration between the Cowboys and the Nike N7 Program.
"We are hoping that we get a great response," UW head men's basketball coach Larry Shyatt said. "We will have a chance to play some of our newer players and get them some experience playing away from home. I look at it as a win-win situation for everybody."
The Cowboys are planning to arrive Tuesday night for a get-together at Wyoming Indian Elementary School.
"We think that this is a great opportunity to give of ourselves and reach to a community that we feel is very important," Shyatt said.
The Cowboys are 42-6 in exhibition games.
"This is an important step because it's against an unnamed opponent," Shyatt said. "Hopefully, we will get a chance to play a Fort Lewis team that will present us some problems."
"We are very excited," St. Clair said. "We have had to jump through a lot of hoops to get the game here. The response has been pretty positive. The more that I talk to people, there will be a lot of people that will buy tickets at the gate."
St. Clair said Ethete is a perfect place for UW to start the basketball season.
"People love basketball out here," St. Clair said. "This is going to be different. We have never had college players on our court before. It's a whole different game than what we are used to seeing from high school. This is going to be bigger and wider players on the court. There will be a lot more sets."
UW will bring cheerleaders and Pistol Pete to the game.
"Pistol Pete is always a fan favorite," St. Clair said.
Shyatt guided the Pokes to a 21-12 overall record in the 2011-12 season and earned them a spot in the CBI tournament.
UW went 6-8 in Mountain West play. The highlight was a 68-66 upset over then No. 11 UNLV in the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie. Wyoming returns three seniors to the lineup in Leonard Washington, Luke Martinez and Derrious Gilmore.
"I like our team," Shyatt said. "We have the most newcomers of anybody in our league with seven newcomers."
Sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr. was UW's sixth man last year.
"We are going to treat this exhibition game like we did in our exhibition games in Canada," Shyatt said. "We will play as many players as we can. We will get them a lot of equal time to get them experience away from home."
Fort Lewis returns three starters in senior guard Marcus Ayala, junior guard Mike Matthews and senior center Torrey Udall.
Bob Hofman enters his 17th season as the head coach for Fort Lewis. Fort Lewis finished the season last year with a 16-12 overall record in 2011-12. The Skyhawks went 13-9 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.