Jan. 9, 2010
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By Alan Rakowski
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Junior forward Andy Ogide led all scorers with 13 points, as CSU defeated Air Force, 70-48, at Moby Arena Saturday night.
The victory helped CSU begin a perfect 2-0 in conference play, and 8-0 at home this season. The last time CSU won its first two conference games was 2002-03, when the Rams went on to win the Mountain West Conference tournament before losing to Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
CSU (11-5) has established itself as one of the best home teams in the MWC.
"We want Moby to be a difficult place to play in, and to get a home court advantage," Head Coach Tim Miles said.
The win over Air Force marks the third consecutive game in which CSU hasn't trailed. It was also the Rams' largest margin of victory (22) in a conference game in the Miles era.
The Rams grabbed the early lead after junior guard Adam Nigon splashed a three-pointer on CSU's first possession. A layup by Air Force forward Derek Brooks tied the game at 5 with 17:15 left to play in the first half. But a Travis Franklin dunk on the ensuing possession would spark a 15-3 run by the Rams that put them up by 12 at the 6:47 mark. They led 26-15 heading into the break.
In the second half, it was all Ogide, who responded after a quiet first half. He tallied 11 of his game-high 13 points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field, and 5-of-7 shooting from the line.
"Coach was on me pretty hard so I tried to step it up as much as I could," Ogide said.
The Rams got some good contributions from true freshmen Dorian Green and Greg Smith after intermission as well. Green scored all nine of his points in the second half and Smith tallied seven of his nine after the break.
Franklin finished with 11 points and five boards and true freshman Pierce Hornung registered six points and six rebounds.
The Falcons (8-7, 0-2 MWC) scratched and clawed their way back into the game, cutting the Rams' lead to seven with just over 12 minutes to play in the game. But CSU responded with a 17-4 run to break the game wide open, and a three-pointer by Smith put the Rams up 23 with 6:39 remaining. Their largest lead of the night would be 24.
Despite CSU's hot start, Miles remains focused.
"It will be a bigger challenge next Saturday at BYU," Miles said. "The rugged part of our schedule is still ahead of us."
The Rams will travel to take on the Cougars on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. MT and the game will air live on the Mtn.