Feb. 11, 2014
By Craig Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State Rams failed to find their offensive rhythm on Tuesday night as they dropped to 15-11 (5-7 MW) with a 71-62 loss at Moby Arena against Utah State (15-9, 5-7 MW).
The Aggies limited Colorado State to a season-low 29.8 percent from the field in the game and completely eliminated any possibility for the Rams to find an offensive rhythm in the game.
Junior guard Jon Octeus scored a game-high 22 points while junior guard Daniel Bejarano added 21 points and six rebounds on 7-14 shooting. Junior forward J.J. Avila joined them in double figures with 14 points as the trio combined to score 57 of Colorado State’s 62 points on the night.
“I thought the tougher, more determined team won,” Head Coach Larry Eustachy said. “Give Utah State credit, they were just more determined.”
Despite committing just three turnovers and forcing 14 turnovers, the Rams didn’t make enough shots to compete with the Aggies, particularly early on. In the first half, CSU was held to just 15 points and five made field goals on 29 attempts as the Rams went into the intermission trailing 29-15.
Offensively, things started to get better in the second half, but the Rams couldn’t muster enough stops to make a run at Utah State. Most of the Rams’ success on the night came from the free-throw line where the team connected on 25-28 (.893) free-throws. In the second half in particular, CSU showed a relentless attitude to get to the basket and was rewarded with 22 free-throw attempts, making 20 of them.
As Colorado State’s offense picked up in the second half, Utah State’s offense did the same. Scoring just 29 points in the first half, the Aggies shot 54.2 percent in the second half en route to a 42-point second half effort.
Utah State led by as much as 18 points in the game and also led for the entire duration of the game. The Aggies out-rebounded Colorado State 40-27 and connected on seven of their 15 three-point attempts. Senior guard Preston Medlin paced the Aggies with 18 points and five assists, while senior guard Spencer Butterfield and sophomore forward Kyle Davis joined Medlin in double figures with 14 points and 12 points, respectively.
The Rams will look to put this game behind them as they travel to Fresno, Calif. to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday night. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. MT and will be televised on ROOT Sports.
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