Jan. 6, 2010
By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations
LARAMIE, Wyo.-- Andy Ogide posted 22 points and the Rams picked up their first conference victory Wednesday evening at Arena Auditorium with an 83-73 victory over Wyoming.
The win gives the Rams (10-5) a 1-0 conference start for the first time since the 2002-03 season, when they defeated New Mexico and Air Force to begin 2-0. The victory is also the first road win in nearly a year, since Feb. 21, 2009, at Air Force, and just the second road conference victory under Miles.
"They (road wins) don't come easy for any team," Head Coach Tim Miles said. "I'm really proud of the guys. A lot of the things that happened on the floor tonight happened from the guys, not from me."
What's more, by defeating Wyoming (7-8, 0-1) in the conference opener for both programs, the Rams eclipsed the win total they had in each of the past two seasons. They finished 9-22 last year, and 7-25 in 2007-08.
Ogide's 22 points marked the second best performance of his career. The junior was also helped by Adam Nigon (16 points), who scored the game's opening five points, Dorian Green (15 points) and Travis Franklin (10 points).
The Rams also got six points, all in the first half, from senior Mike Annese, who took control of the point for the majority of the opening frame.
"Andy did a good job getting the ball in a spot he could score," Miles said. "He stayed patient, he didn't rush himself. You can find something really positive about each player on the team tonight."
The Rams never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 12 points, including a seven-point halftime lead. Last season, the Rams never led a conference opponent by more than four points at the intermission.
"The greatest compliment a coach can have is that the team didn't need a coach," Miles said. "I felt that way tonight. They really handled things themselves."
The game also marks Miles' first regular-season win over Wyoming and the Rams' first win in Laramie since an 80-78 victory in 2006.
Wyoming hung close, bringing the score to within one, 42-41, with 14:29 to play, but the Rams would use a 4-0 run over the ensuing 43 seconds to bring the game back to two possessions.
Each time Wyoming would cut Colorado State's lead, the Rams would fire back. None was bigger than Nigon's three-pointer with 5 minutes to play, 10 seconds after a Wyoming three-pointer cut it to three, 68-65.
The Rams would hit two more shots from beyond the arc, and a layup by Ogide on the next three possessions to bring the score to 76-65 with 3:02 to play.
"I was really proud of the guys," Miles said. "They made the changes they needed to make between the halves and throughout the second half in order to keep the lead."
As a team, the Rams shot 50 percent (29-of-58) from the field, including 60 percent in the second half.
Colorado State outrebounded Wyoming 40-33 and committed just four turnovers in the second half after giving up the ball 10 times in the opening frame.
"This feels great," Ogide said. "We haven't had much success on the road this year. Wyoming is a tough team, so this lets us know that we can win on the road in this conference."
The Rams will look to open up conference play 2-0 on Saturday when they host Air Force. Tip is set for 7 p.m. MT.