Jan. 13, 2011
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - On a strange night that saw a 38-minute delay because of a pulled fire alarm at the newly renovated Pit, and the normally efficient Rams shoot just 24 percent in the first half, one thing remained constant for the CSU men's basketball team: The Rams found a way to battle back from an early deficit against a strong opponent.
Colorado State (11-5, 1-1 MWC) trailed by as many as 12 points against New Mexico (13-4, 1-1 MWC) but maintained composure. And following the delay, which happened with 1 second on the clock in the first half, the Rams put together a strong second-half effort and trailed by just one point with 57 seconds left when sophomore guard Dorian Green hit a runner in the lane. Green finished with a season-high 20 points.
UNM's Phillip McDonald - who scored a game-high 27 off the bench for the Lobos - answered the Green bucket with a three-pointer on the ensuing New Mexico possession pushing the CSU deficit to 63-59, and the Lobos converted 5-of-6 free throws in the final 29 seconds to hold off CSU for the 68-61 win. The win moves UNM to 9-0 at home this season.
The Rams bounced back from their poor-shooting first half to connect on 48 percent (15-of-31) from the field in the second, while holding the Lobos to just 31 percent in the closing stanza. But the Rams continued to struggle from the free-throw line, finishing the game with 14-of-25 (56 percent) from the charity stripe, while The Lobos connected on 20-of-25 free throws to seal the victory.
The Lobos outrebounded the Rams, 46-29, led by UCLA transfer Drew Gordon who pulled down 16 boards to go along with 15 points. Kendall Williams added 10 points and six assists for the Lobos.
Senior forward Andy Ogide was the only other Ram to join Green in double-figures scoring, adding 10 points. He also pulled down five rebounds, tying Green and sophomore forward Pierce Hornung for team-high honors. Green led the Rams with three assists in the contest.
Colorado State looks to get back into the win column this weekend, returning to Fort Collins to play host to TCU (10-8, 1-2 MWC) on Saturday night at Moby Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. MT.