Feb. 2, 2013
Final Stats |
By Craig Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - In a matchup pitting Border War Rivals, the Colorado State Rams (18-4, 5-2 MW) came out on top, defeating the Wyoming Cowboys (15-6, 2-6 MW), 65-46.
With the win, the Rams now own the third longest home win streak in the nation at 26 games, last losing at Moby Arena in November of 2011. At 5-2 in Mountain West play, Colorado State is currently tied for second place, just one game back of first place New Mexico, and has not trailed in its last two games.
"I think there isn't a better coached team in the league. Larry Shyatt does a great job," Head Coach Larry Eustachy said. They weren't going to go away and they didn't. We haven't had a more physical game this year. It was a very physical team we played; we finally got to their level in the second half."
Colorado State featured a very balanced attack on offense with four of its five starters scoring in double figures. With senior forward Greg Smith unable to get going in the game due to foul trouble, sophomore guard Daniel Bejarano rose to the occasion coming off of the bench. Bejarano finished the game with 13 points and eight rebounds on 4-5 shooting, and hit two crucial three pointers in the final minute of the first half to allow the Rams to go into halftime with a nine point lead.
"There are not a lot of guys with his overall ability in this league," Eustachy said of Bejarano. "He can dribble, he can shoot and he's athletic. He was terrific."
Senior guard Dorian Green paced the Colorado State offense with a team-high 15 points on 4-6 shooting and a career-high nine assists, while senior forward Pierce Hornung contributed with his 10th double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Cowboys were led by their senior guard Derrious Gilmore who finished the game with a career-high 26 points and made six three pointers. Gilmore was particularly effective in the second half for Wyoming, scoring 18 of its 25 second half points, including 16 straight at one point.
Gilmore's play was not enough for Wyoming as Colorado State made sure to lock down the other players. Senior forward Leonard Washington finished with nine points, while no other Cowboy scored more than three points.
Wyoming was held to just 29.8 percent shooting, it's second lowest of the mark, and did not make a field goal in the last 5:42 in which the Rams finished the game on a 12-1 run. This also marks the 12th time in the last 13 games that Colorado State held its opponent to under 40 percent shooting from the field.
"It takes five guys on defense playing together, everybody doing their assignment, not breaking down, contesting shots, and trying to make shots as difficult as possible," Green said. "I think when we are edgy on defense and ready to go, we are difficult to score on.""
The Rams will travel to Nevada in a conference matchup on Wednesday night when they take on the Wolf Pack. Tip off is slated for 8 p.m. MT.