Jan. 7, 2012
Final Stats |
By Zach Balside
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Dorian Green scored 21 points on 6-of-7 shooting and the Rams connected on 60.8 percent of their shots in an 87-63 win over the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks at Moby Arena on Saturday night.
The win kicks off a four-game home stand for CSU (10-4), and gives the Rams five consecutive wins heading into its last non-conference game against in-state rival Denver on Wednesday. And while the five-game winning streak is a nice achievement, Head Coach Tim Miles is already looking ahead.
"It will feel better when it's six," Miles said.
CSU's shooting carried it throughout the contest, as the Rams converted on just under 61 percent of their shots in each half, all while holding the Mavericks to 38 percent shooting in both frames.
Defensively, Coach Miles anticipated a bit of sloppiness after eight days between games, but he felt comfortable with CSU's performance.
"Defensively, I was okay," Miles said. "I thought we were all right defensively and we needed to be all right defensively. I thought we got the rust off, got competitive again, and you kind of will yourself through that and (there were) no huge lapses. That is what you hope to get out of a night like that when you are the heavy favorite."
Heading into the contest, the Rams were fourth in the nation in three-point shooting (44.3 percent), and CSU made 7-of-15 threes Wednesday night to keep up its hot shooting.
Green's 21 points came at a good time for the Rams, as leading scorer Wes Eikmeier shot just 2-of-10 from the field to score just five points.
"Wes (Eikmeier) was a little out of sync tonight; he wasn't quite letting the game come to him and Dorian sure was," Miles said. "We play him any more and he might have 35 (points) again."
Greg Smith added 14 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting, and Chad Calcaterra also posted 14 points, including 12 in the second half. The 14 points were a career high for the freshman center.
The team was impressed and excited about Calcaterra, a redshirt freshman, and his performance.
"If he can come in and pick things up it could be key as far as getting a five man with legit size," Green said. "He has to keep improving. We are proud of him."
The win also will help maintain momentum for the Rams as they prepare to take on Denver on Wednesday night, in what is thought by Coach Miles as a very important game, as well as a tough challenge.
"This game is certainly what we need to get ready for Denver," Miles said. "Denver is an outstanding team. It is Joe Scott's best team since he has been at Denver, and probably Denver's best team that they have had since they went Division I. They have done things that we haven't done and that is going to be a really important game for us."
The game against Denver is slated for a 7 p.m. tipoff on Wednesday at Moby Arena. The contest will be televised on The Mtn.