Feb. 20, 2010
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Colorado State men’s basketball team fell to 15-11 (6-6 MWC) on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 70-39 decision at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center. The Rebels improved to 20-7 (8-5 MWC) with the victory, halting their three-game losing streak.
“I told our guys that what they saw tonight was a team playing for its postseason life,” said Head Coach Tim Miles of UNLV’s performance. “They had fierceness and tenacity. They got every loose ball and every 50-50 opportunity.”
The Rebels built an early lead, as CSU struggled from the field to the tune of 4-for-25 shooting in the opening half. UNLV led by as many as 27 in the first half, and took a 40-16 lead into the locker room, after connecting on 15-of-26 shots to begin the game.
UNLV closed the game shooting 48 percent from the field, while holding the Rams to a season-low 22 percent shooting. The Rebels also forced the CSU into 15 turnovers. The Rams’ 39 points marked a season-worst.
“This is an experience for our guys to go through and learn from,” added Miles. “I think our young guys can learn how to have that fierceness, and what it feels like to be on the receiving end of a game like this.”
Andy Ogide led Colorado State, coming up just short of a double-double with eight points and a game-high 12 rebounds, a season high for the junior forward. Three other players added six points for the Rams, including Las Vegas native Andre McFarland. Adam Nigon and Dorian Green also added six points for the Rams.
Four players finished in double-figures scoring for the Rebels, led by 12 points each from Chace Stanback and Anthony Marshall, who posted a double-double with 10 rebounds. Tre’Von Willis and Kendall Wallace each added 11 points, while Oscar Bellfield tallied nine points and a game-high four assists.
“I was very impressed with UNLV,” said Miles. “That is not the same team that lost to Utah its last time out. Now we have to do the same thing and respond the same way in our next game.”
The Rams return to the court on Tuesday night, playing host to the No. 12/15 New Mexico Lobos. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. MT at Moby Arena.