Wyoming loses for the 2nd straight night in the World Vision Challenge Tournment being held at the AA in Laramie. The Cowboys' lost to the Hampton Pirates 67 to 78.
The Cowboys' opponent on Sunday will be the Pepperdine Waves, who are currently 1-3 overall. The Cowboys and Waves have met two previous times, both of which were played in Laramie. The Cowboys won the first meeting back in 1959 by a score of 75-68. More recently, Pepperdine beat the Cowboys 72-69 in the first round of the 2001 NIT. Pepperdine is coached by Tom Asbury, who was a letterwinner at UW from 1965-67 and was also a Cowboy assistant coach from 1977-79.
The naming rights to the tournament were donated to World Vision by Basketball Travelers, Inc. As a Christian humanitarian organization, World Vision aims to contribute to a 75 percent reduction in malaria cases, with the end goal of nearly zero preventable malaria deaths by 2015. World Vision works in 62 malaria-endemic countries, 23 of which are in sub-Saharan Africa.
"Malaria is one of the leading causes of death for children under five in the developing world, resulting in approximately 750,000 child deaths per year--or one every 40 seconds," said Craig Jaggers, World Vision's policy advisor for malaria. "Basketball nets and bed nets are a great way of bringing together college students with vulnerable children around the world." More information is available at www.endmalaria.org.