Men's basketball recap: Rams hold on late to beat SDSU
Feb. 13, 2013
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - In a much anticipated conference matchup between the No. 24 Colorado State Rams (20-4, 7-2 MW) and the No. 22 San Diego State Aztecs (18-6, 6-4 MW), the Rams came out on top, 66-60, in front of a sellout crowd at Moby Arena.
With the win, Colorado State kept pace with conference-leading New Mexico and only trail by half a game in the standings. The Rams boast the third longest home win streak in the nation at 27 games, and remain undefeated in games in which they wear their orange jerseys to celebrate their Colorado A&M Aggies heritage.
“I thought that was as good of a game that I have been involved with in a long, long time,” Head Coach Larry Eustachy said. “We beat a heck of a team. They can easily be a sweet sixteen team.”
Three separate Colorado State players finished the game in double figures, with senior guard Dorian Green leading the way with 16 points and 6 assists. Senior forwards Greg Smith and Pierce Hornung combined for 27 points and 15 rebounds, while Colton Iverson chipped in with seven points and 11 rebounds.
As has often been a formula for success for the Rams, CSU out-rebounded the Aztecs 43-31 and pulled down 14 offensive rebounds. The Rams made the most of their extra possessions, and outscored San Diego State 20-9 on second chance points and 34-22 in the paint.
Senior guard Chase Tapley led the Aztecs in scoring with 16 points while junior guard Jamaal Franklin finished with 11 points. The Rams were especially effective defending Franklin in the second half, holding him to just two points on 0-6 shooting.
“He’s a heck of a player. He does everything well and he’s quick and athletic,” Hornung said of Franklin. “We just made it a point to try and limit what he does. He is a tough guy to guard.”
The Rams and Aztecs found themselves in a back-and-forth matchup from the opening tip, with neither team holding a lead of over six points. Trailing by two in the final minute of the game, Green made sure to put his mark on the game, scoring six straight points.
“Dorian (Green) was the most consistent throughout the night,” Eustachy said of his senior guard. “He was terrific. When points are hard to come by he comes in and getts us five quick ones. He was steady and made some huge shots.”
The Rams will go on the road to take on the Air Force Falcons in a tough conference matchup. Tip off is slated for 2 p.m. MT and will be broadcast on Altitude.