Men's basketball recap: Hornung leads Rams in second-half comeback win over Falcons
Jan. 26, 2011
By Nic Hallisey
The score for the remainder of the game was never separated by more than two possessions, with the Rams commanding the lead all but once, a 55-54 Air Force, at 8:45 that lasted just more than 1 minute.
Air Force outshot CSU (.500 to .453 from the floor and .524 to .192 from three-point range), but the Rams were able to force 17 Falcon turnovers, compared to their nine. CSU, led by Travis Franklin, Andy Ogide and Pierce Hornung’s combined 49 points, won the battle in the paint, 34-10.
“We can’t shoot any worse than we did tonight,” Franklin said. “We were really struggling. But that happens, and we still found a way to win, which just shows how good this team is. When shots aren’t going in we still find a way to win, whether that is defense or rebounding.”
Franklin’s game-high 21 points included several key free-throws in the closing seconds. It was the second time this season he has scored 20-points in three consecutive games. He also led the Rams with six assists and seven rebounds. Ogide scored 15 points and Hornung scored 13 points, 11 in the second half, on 6-of-6 shooting. At one point midway through the second half, Hornung scored nine of CSU’s 16 points.
“Pierce was incredible,” Miles said. “Again, he finds a way to change the game. Tonight he did it by keeping balls alive, rebounding well and scoring 6-for-6.
“I thought Greg Smith was really good tonight, too,” added Miles. “He had a huge shot that got us into a two possession lead late. Hopefully that is a rite of passage for him. I still think that is a really good sophomore group.”
Sophomore guard Wes Eikmeier, who had started each of CSU’s 19 games this season, did not play because of an ankle sprain. Senior Andre McFarland got the start in place of Eikmeier.
The Rams will be back in action Saturday as they travel to Salt Lake City to play at Utah for the final time as conference opponents. Tip is set for 4 p.m. on The Mtn.
“We won there last year,” Miles said. “They are a team that has won three in a row and they are playing good. They are a different matchup. They are doing different things than they have ever done before. A lot of things are going to have to go right, but I think it is a really exciting day for CSU basketball because it is really a critical and important game.”