Feb. 27, 2010
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
FORT WORTH, Texas – Despite a double-double performance of 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds by junior F Andy Ogide, the CSU men’s basketball team was unable to hold on to a nine-point second-half lead, falling 73-67, at TCU on Saturday evening.
“There were a lot of little things throughout the game that ended up costing us down the stretch tonight,” said Head Coach Tim Miles. “We turned the ball over way too much in the first half, and once we got that under control, we just weren’t able to get the stops we needed defensively in the second half.”
Colorado State controlled the contest early, leading by as many as five points on three occasions, and never trailing in the first 14-plus minutes. But a 7-0 run between 5:25 and 4:00 gave TCU its first lead.
The Horned Frogs pushed their advantage to as many as six points, but CSU closed the half on a 4-0 run, including an offensive rebound and putback to end the half by junior F Travis Franklin. Franklin’s bucket cut the TCU lead to 33-31 heading into the locker room.
Coming out of the intermission, CSU quickly regained the lead by establishing an inside presence led by Ogide. The junior forward threw down a pair of dunks in the first 2 minutes of the half, the first a one-handed putback on an Adam Nigon miss, to recapture the lead for CSU, 35-33, with 18:11 left play. Ogide tallied eight of the Rams’ first 15 points to open the half, and the CSU lead reached as many as nine points, 59-50, with 8:42 left in the contest.
After three free throws by TCU’s Edvinas Ruzgas, Pierce Hornung’s layin put CSU up 61-53, with just more than 8 minutes left to play. But the Rams shot just 1-for-7 from the field, and 3-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final 8 minutes. CSU’s lone bucket during that stretch, a Dorian Green three-pointer with 1:21 on the clock, put the Rams ahead for the final time, 67-66, and the Frogs ended the game on a 7-0 run, including 3-for-4 shooting from the charity stripe in the final 18 seconds of the game.
“We just had too many empty possessions and missed free throws down the stretch,” added Miles. “In end-game situations, you need to be able to make those plays.”
In addition to Ogide’s double-double, Green tallied 14 points and dished out four assists, tied for the game high. Franklin finished with 12 points and five rebounds, and was one of five Rams – along with Travis Busch, Greg Smith, Nigon and Ogide – to tally two assists. Nigon scored nine points, while Busch chipped in with seven points and five rebounds.
Three players also finished in double-figures scoring for the Horned Frogs, led by Zvonko Buljan who tallied a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Greg Hill tallied 16 points off the bench, and Edvinas Ruzgas finished with 13.
The loss drops CSU to 15-13 overall and 6-8 in the MWC, one game behind Utah, into sixth place in the conference standings. The Horned Frogs improve to 13-16 (5-9 MWC).
Colorado State will now turn its attention to fourth-place San Diego State. The Aztecs, who were idle this weekend, are 20-8 overall and 9-5 in league play.
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