Feb. 22, 2014
By Craig Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - With a 51-point second half effort, the Colorado State Rams (15-13, 6-9 MW) pulled away with an 82-67 win over Wyoming (17-10, 8-6 MW) at Moby Arena on Saturday afternoon, giving the Rams four consecutive wins over their Border War rival.
"These guys deserved it, and it was neat to see them in the locker room," Head Coach Larry Eustachy said of the big win. "I know how hard they've worked, and it was neat to finally see them get the reward of winning."
Though junior guard Daniel Bejarano struggled with his shot at times during the game, connecting on just six of his 17 attempts, Bejarano made his impact at all ends of the court. With 20 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, the junior guard was just one assist shy of recording the first triple-double in program history.
Five other CSU players also scored in double figures. Junior guard Jon Octeus scored a game-high 23 points on 60 percent shooting, while sophomore guard Joe De Ciman (12), junior forward J.J. Avila (11) and freshman guard Carlton Hurst (10) also paved the way for the high-scoring Rams.
The 82 points that CSU scored are the most points that Wyoming has allowed to any opponent all season. Coming into the game today, the Cowboys ranked No. 12 in the nation allowing just 59.8 points per game and holding their opponents to 39.8 percent shooting.
Colorado State racked up the 82 points on 50.8 percent shooting and connected on seven of their 15 attempts from behind the three-point line.
The game featured three ties and eight lead changes, with all of them coming in the first half. As both teams battled for supremacy, neither squad took control of the game in the first half. The Cowboys held the biggest lead of the first period at 16-9 with 14:35 left in the half, but the Rams chipped away at that seven-point lead.
CSU tied the game at 20-20, and both teams played within one possession of each other as the two teams went into the halftime locker room all squared away at 31-31.
Due to Colorado State's relentless attitude going for rebounds, the Rams attempted 11 more shots in the first half than their rival to the north. CSU out-rebounded Wyoming 37-21 in the game, and in the second half that discrepancy in rebounds and shot attempts began to take its toll on the Cowboys.
"I told (the team), `this is your chance to turn the corner,'" Eustachy said. "I just kept reinforcing that we are the tougher team, but this is the time to grow. We've made a lot of progress and I think we'll just keep getting better."
In front of the 6,590 fans in attendance, the Rams left no doubt in the second half as to who was the better team on this day. Colorado State jumped on the Cowboys right away coming out of intermission, and out-scored Wyoming 28-10 in the first 10 minutes of the half to open up a commanding 59-41 lead.
During the big run, De Ciman hit back-to-back three-pointers to push the Rams ahead by double digits. De Ciman finished the day with four made three-pointers, setting a career high.
Colorado State maintained its double-digit advantage for the remainder of the game as it closed out one of its cleanest and most impressive performances of the year. The Rams committed just five turnovers and doubled up the Cowboys in the paint, 36-18.
CSU travels next to Las Vegas for a Wednesday-night matchup against the UNLV Runnin' Rebels, which entered today's games in a tie for third place in the conference standings. Tipoff is slated for 9 p.m. MT and will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
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