Men's basketball recap: CSU rolls past Wyoming in Border War, 80-64
Feb. 6, 2010
By Alan Rakowski
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Junior forward Travis Franklin notched his fourth 20-point performance of the season, and Andy Ogide posted his second double-double, as CSU dominated Wyoming, 80-64, Saturday night at Moby Arena.
The win marked the first time the Rams have swept the regular season series against the Cowboys since the 1999-2000 season.
Rams Legends night drew 5,277 fans to Moby Arena to witness CSU unveil its pumpkin and alfalfa “Aggies” tribute uniforms. The crowd was a sea of orange, and the Moby faithful was once again a difference-maker for the Rams, who now stand above .500 and tied with San Diego State for fourth place in the MWC standings.
“I thought the students were awesome again,” CSU Head Coach Tim Miles said. “They have come out and embraced this team.”
The Rams (14-9, 5-4 MWC) shot a remarkable 8-of-9 from long range in the first half to stroll into the locker room with a 43-26 halftime lead. Twenty-one of CSU’s first half points came from its bench, which finished the game with 27, led by Andre McFarland’s 11 points.
In the second half, the pace slowed, as a combined 35 fouls were called. A steal and a dunk by Wyoming freshman Desmar Jackson cut the Rams’ lead to 10, 57-47, with 8:27 left to play in the game. But that would be the closest the Cowboys would get for the remainder of the contest. The Rams shot 17-of-24 from the line after intermission, which was enough to keep the Cowboys at bay.
McFarland shot an impressive 3-of-4 from downtown to move past David Turcotte (1984-88) and into 10th place on the Rams’ all-time three-point list. He now has 122 career treys at CSU.
“Finally you have the balance that we have been missing,” Miles said about CSU’s three-point shooting (CSU finished 10-of-15 from behind the arc). “Andre was key to that.”
Franklin registered 20 points and six boards for the Rams. Ogide tallied 13 points and 11 rebounds. Green posted 11 points and dished out five assists.
“It was a big win for the fans,” Franklin said about the win over another rival. “A big game, big win. The fans did a great job tonight. Andy was dominating tonight. Great win.”
Sophomore center Adam Waddell recorded a double-double (16 points and 10 rebounds) and Jackson finished with 16 points for Wyoming (9-14, 2-7 MWC). But the Cowboys were outrebounded, 42-26, by the Rams in the loss.
Thirty-Five Rams legends were honored at halftime during Saturday’s game. The ages of the athletes varied. Some participated in Colorado State athletics earlier this decade, while others had playing careers that dated back to the 1940s.
CSU looks to sweep another season series on Tuesday, when it takes on Air Force. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. MT at Clune Arena, and the game will be televised live on the Mtn.
“We are going there with every intention to come back 6-4,” Ogide said about the upcoming game.