Men's basketball recap: Rams defense too much for Boise State

Hornung scored 23 points and notched 13 rebounds as well as making a career-high three three-pointers.

Hornung scored 23 points and notched 13 rebounds as well as making a career-high three three-pointers.

Jan. 30, 2013

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By Craig Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State Rams extended their program-best home winning streak to 25 games, after knocking off Boise State (14-6, 2-4 MW), 77-57. With the win, the Rams improved to 17-4 and 4-2 in conference play, marking the quickest season to 17 wins in school history.

Senior forward Pierce Hornung led the way for Colorado State with 23 points, one shy of tying his career high, and 13 rebounds. Hornung also connected on all three of his three-point atttempts, marking the first time in his career he made more than one three-pointer in a game.

Fellow seniors Dorian Green and Wes Eikmeier also scored in double figures with 12 points and 10 points respectively, while Colton Iverson added nine points and nine rebounds to compliment Hornung inside.

“I think that’s the best we’ve played all year,” Head Coach Larry Eustachy said. “I thought we played our best for long periods of time in the areas like defending and rebounding better than we did all year. These guys are really buying into hos you should play the right way and I love it.”

As has often been the case this season, the Rams relied on tough defense and aggressive rebounding to propel the team to the victory. CSU out-rebounded the Broncos 39-33, but got 14 offensive rebounds thanks in large part to Hornung’s hustle.

The Rams also made sure to key in on Boise State’s shooters, Derrick Marks and Anthony Drmic, who came into the contest first and third, respectively, in scoring in conference play combining for 39.6 points per game. Colorado State stifled the duo though, holding them to just 15 points combined on 4-of-15 shooting.

“(Drmic) is a tough guard because he does everything really well,” Hornung said. He can shoot the three and he drives really well, so we just made it a point as a team to contest his shot on a three and keep them in front of us when they drive. As a team I thought we did a good job of that tonight.”

As a team, the Broncos struggled to connect from behind the arc, making just 3-of-16 on the game.

On offense, the Rams made sure to play disciplined basketball and only turned the ball over five times, a season low.

“I think it felt like we controlled the tempo,” Green said. “Defensively, I thought we played well and we only turned the ball over five times. We didn’t turn the ball over; that was big.”

Colorado State took control of the game from the opening tip and never trailed throughout. The Rams started strong on defense and held the Broncos scoreless for the first 5:10 of the game.

Just as they started the first half, the Rams closed the half on a 14-2 run, holding Boise State scoreless for eight minutes, and took a 33-20 lead into the intermission.

Colorado State continued its strong play from the first half right into the second half. By the 13 minute mark in the second half, the lead had been extended to 19 points, which is where frustration set in for Boise State leading to a technical.

The Rams led by as much as 26 points in this contest, but all the buzz leaving the game was on Dorian Green’s monster dunk with 4:30 left in the game. Green drove down the right side of the lane and elevated over a couple of Boise State defenders to finish off the dunk, bringing all of the fans to their feet.

“I don’t know where that came from,” Green said. “I think I surprised a lot of people with that one. I was fresh so I just tried to be aggressive and attack the basket.”

The Rams will take on the Wyoming Cowboys in a Border War matchup at Moby Arena on Saturday. Tip off is slated for 5 p.m. MT.


 

 

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