Jan. 30, 2010
By Alan Rakowski
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Junior forwards Andy Ogide and Travis Franklin scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a strong, athletic, SDSU basketball team on Saturday afternoon at Moby Arena.
The Aztecs finished the first half on a 12-1 run, en route to a 64-52 victory.
With the loss, the Rams fall below .500 in conference play (3-4 MWC) and are now 12-9 overall on the season.
“I thought we were in a good spot in the last part of the first half,” CSU Head Coach Tim Miles said about going into the break down eight. “We missed an opportunity to get four points or six points, and you’ve cost yourself too many opportunities.”
The Aztecs (15-6, 4-3 MWC) came into the contest ranked 12th in the nation in rebounding margin (7.7), and outrebounded the Rams just 40-33 on Saturday. However, CSU shot just 36.7 percent (18-for-49) from the field and 61 percent (14-for-23) from the line, and posted its third-lowest scoring total of the season in the loss.
After freshman point guard Dorian Green was fouled on a three-point attempt and converted all three free throws, the Rams grabbed their first lead of the contest, 23-20, with 3:19 remaining in the first half. But the Aztecs closed the half on a 12-1 run, and would lead the rest of the way. The closest CSU would come in the second half would be nine points, occurring with just over a minute to play in the game.
“You don’t want to go into halftime down eight points,” Ogide said. “We had the game close, we should’ve led probably. We let it go.”
Ogide added three boards, a block and a steal to go along with his 13 points. Franklin pulled down seven rebounds to go with his 10 points, but he turned the ball over eight times and shot just 2-of-8 from the charity stripe.
Three SDSU players (Kawhi Leonard, Chase Tapley and D.J. Gay) scored in double figures. Leonard, a freshman forward from Riverside, Calif., registered his 10th double-double (14 points and 12 rebounds) of the season. He came into Saturday’s game leading the Mountain West in rebounding (9.5 avg.).
“He’s just a long athletic wing,” Ogide said about the play of Leonard. “He has a good nose for the ball and he made plays.”
The Rams, who dropped just their second game at home (9-2) this season, will look to get back on the winning track when they play Utah on the road on Wednesday.
“We match up pretty good, we want to get out and run and keep up with them,” Franklin said about the Utes.
Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. MT and the game will be shown live on the Mtn.
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