GAME NOTES: After a disappointing week, the Colorado State Rams try to get
back on track Wednesday night as they clash with the Fresno State Bulldogs in
Mountain West Conference action at Moby Arena.
Given an opportunity to challenge for the top spot in the MWC standings, the
Rams dropped the proverbial ball as they not only bowed to UNLV on the road a
week ago, but they also suffered a 91-82 setback against nationally-ranked New
Mexico on Saturday. Bowing out of the national rankings was expected, but
perhaps the biggest sting from the weekend's loss to UNM was that the team's
27-game home win streak came to an end as well.
Now 8-4 in conference play, the Rams are two games behind UNM for first place
in the standings.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs went from playing in back-to-back overtime games
against Wyoming and Nevada on the road to losing in regulation to Boise State
on Saturday night in a 72-63 final at home. The setback was the fourth in the
last five tries for FSU, still all alone in last place in the MWC at 3-10.
The Rams defeated Fresno State on the road in the first meeting of the season
last month, 74-63, at the Save Mart Center which means the all-time series now
stands at 11-8 in favor of Colorado State.
The Bulldogs were up one on Boise State at the break on Saturday night, but
then the hosts came out and shot just 38.5 percent from the floor in the
second half, sending them to another loss. Allen Huddleston tried to give FSU
a fighting chance with 21 points, followed by Tyler Johnson with 15 and three
of the unit's mere seven assists. Kevin Olekaibe and Marvelle Harris chipped
in with 10 points apiece for the Bulldogs as well.
Not much of an offensive team these days, the Bulldogs are scoring just 59.7
ppg over the course of 26 games, but at least the squad is keeping things
interesting with just 61.3 ppg allowed. Shooting 41.0 percent from 3-point
range, Tyler Johnson leads the group with 12.3 ppg, adding a team-best 52
assists and placing third with 4.1 rpg as he does all he can to keep the
Colton Iverson put together a huge double-double for the Rams over the weekend
with his 26 points and 15 rebounds, but even that effort could not compete
with UNM's Kendall Williams who poured in a staggering 46 points on 10-of-13
shooting behind the 3-point line. Obviously the CSU defense didn't come
anywhere close to shutting down Williams and that's why the Rams saw their
home win streak come to an end. Wes Eikmeier and Dorian Green contributed 22
and 20 points, respectively, for the Rams in the losing cause.
Scoring 73.6 ppg this season, the Rams have a quartet of players hitting for
double figures with Iverson leading the way at 14.0 ppg, shooting almost as
well from the floor (.570) as he is at the free-throw line (.594). Green (13.2
ppg) is the floor general for the group as he hands out 114 assists, with
Eikmeier (12.2 ppg) and Greg Smith (11.3 ppg) the recipients of several of
those dishes for sure. Still one of the most dominating rebounding teams in
the nation, CSU is beating teams on the glass by 12.9 rpg.
After hitting the wall a couple times last week, the Rams now need to get
themselves back into gear and show that their success in the MWC this season
has been no fluke, and that turn-around begins on Wednesday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Colorado State 74, Fresno State 61