March 3, 2010
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Andy Ogide tallied 18 points and nine rebounds, and Travis Busch added 11 points, but it was not enough to overcome a turnover-plagued first half, as Colorado State fell 68-55 on Wednesday evening at San Diego State’s Viejas Arena.
San Diego State (21-8, 10-5 MWC) forced the Rams (15-14, 6-9 MWC) into 11 first-half turnovers and converted those chances into 18 points on the offensive end, staking to a 14-point halftime advantage, 33-19.
Colorado State regained composure in the second half, outscoring the Aztecs 36-35 over the final 20 minutes, but was unable to overcome their early deficit, and never got closer than 12 points for the remainder of the game.
Ogide tallied 12 of his 18 points after halftime leading the Rams in a strong second-half performance. The junior forward finished one rebound shy of his second consecutive, and eighth-career double-double performance.
Busch also closed the game strong. After opening with three straight missed shots from the field, the senior hit 5-of-6 shots to finish with his third double-figure scoring performance of the season.
Colorado State’s leading scorer, freshman guard Dorian Green, entered the game averaging 12.4 points per game, but was held scoreless for the first time in his brief career at Colorado State. However, Green contributed with a pair of rebounds and a team-leading three assists.
Senior forward Mame Bocar Ba chipped in with a career-high seven points and three rebounds for the Rams.
San Diego State was led by freshman Kawhi Leonard who tallied 14 points and 15 rebounds. D.J. Gay chipped in with 16 points, including four three-pointers, and Malcolm Thomas tallied 10 points and eight rebounds.
The loss sets up a Colorado State vs. Utah showdown for the No. 5 seed heading into next week’s Mountain West Conference Championships. Utah (14-15, 7-8 MWC) dropped a 71-51 decision vs. BYU on Wednesday, and sits just one game ahead of CSU in the MWC standings. The Rams own the tie-breaker with the Utes, having won 65-50 in the teams’ earlier matchup in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Tipoff for Saturday’s game against the Utes is set for 1:30 p.m. MT. Online tickets are just $5 for the final home game of the season. CSU seniors will be honored before the game.
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