March 2, 2013
BOISE, Idaho – The Colorado State men’s basketball team suffered its first double-digit loss of the season on Saturday night, dropping a 78-65 decision at Boise State behind a career-high 38 points from the Broncos’ Derrick Marks.
Marks scored 33 of this 38 in the second half, including a 10-minute stretch in which he tallied 24 consecutive points for the Broncos (20-8, 8-6 MW), erasing the Rams’ 36-34 halftime advantage. He shot 13-of-18 from the field including 4-of-7 from long range, while hitting 8-of-11 attempts from the free-throw line.
“We lost this game at the start of the second half,” said CSU head coach Larry Eustachy. “We just didn’t take control of the game, and we let him (Marks) get going … I’m not sure if anyone would have stopped him tonight.”
The loss is just the second of the season for Colorado State (22-7, 9-5) when leading at intermission (17-2).
The Rams turned in another balanced scoring attack, as four starters finished in double-figures led by senior forward Greg Smith’s 17 points. Dorian Green added 15 and Wes Eikmeier poured in 14, while center Colton Iverson added 12 points but was held scoreless in the second half.
Smith also led the Rams with nine rebounds, as the Broncos became just the second team this season (at UNLV) to outrebound Colorado State - the national leaders in rebounding margin entering the contest – by a 31-30 margin.
“They (Boise State) were really just trying to make sure that Pierce (Hornung) and Colton (Iverson) didn’t get on the boards, and I hadn’t been boarding well the last few games,” said Smith. “That was a big emphasis for me in practice and talking with coaches.”
BSU’s sophomore guard Anthony Drmic, the MW scoring leader in conference play, was the only other Bronco to finish in double-figures, tallying 15 points.
Green, who played and started his 125th consecutive game, matched CSU great Pat Durham’s school record for games played. He also slid past Eddie Hughes into sixth place on the CSU career charts with four assist, giving him 368 in a Rams’ uniform.
Entering the contest, the Rams were one of just five programs nationally - along with Indiana, Kansas, Louisville and Stephen F. Austin - to not lose a game by double-digits.
Colorado State is back on the court Wednesday night resuming the chase for a school-record tying 23rd victory at rival Wyoming. The Rams travel to nearby Laramie, Wyo., for the second leg of the “Border War” at UW’s Arena-Auditorium. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. MT and the game will be broadcast live on ROOT Sports.
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