Senior F Travis Busch
March 6, 2010
By Alan Rakowski
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Junior forward Travis Franklin led all CSU players in scoring with 16 points as the Rams took down Utah, 76-67, on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Moby Arena.
With the win, CSU clinched the fifth seed in the 2010 Conoco Mountain West Conference Championships, its highest seed in the conference tournament since 2000 when the Rams finished 8-6 in the conference and entered the tournament as the fourth seed. CSU (16-14, 7-9 MWC) also posted its first winning season since 2006-07 and registered its first sweep against Utah since 2005-06.
“I think we have shown progress,” Head Coach Tim Miles said. “I know our guys feel good about where we are at. The most wins in a decade; I am here to raise the bar.”
The Rams took a 5-4 lead in the contest at the 15:49 mark, and never trailed the rest of the game. Nine first-half points from Franklin helped send CSU into the locker room with a 35-27 advantage.
The Utes (14-16, 7-9 MWC), who will enter the tournament as the sixth seed as a result of the loss to the Rams, opened the second half on a 6-0 run and found themselves down just two early in the period. But the Rams countered with a 6-0 run of their own beginning at the 15:16 mark, and pushed their lead back up to nine midway through the half.
“It was a big day for all of us, not just seniors,” Bocar Ba said. “We have been waiting for this day for a long time.”
Five straight points by Utah freshman Marshall Henderson sparked a late run by the Utes that put them down only three, 64-61, with 5:22 left on the clock. But junior Andy Ogide converted 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch to fend off the scrappy Utes, who were without injured players David Foster and Kim Tillie.
Ogide finished with 10 points in the game, and also added seven boards. Freshman forward Greg Smith posted 10 points off the bench for CSU. Franklin shot 5-of-6 from the field en route to his team-high 16 points.
Chris Hines (12), Jay Watkins (15) and Henderson (18) scored in double figures for Utah.
The Rams will open the MWC tournament Thursday against San Diego State, who swept them in the regular season. But CSU is confident going into the game and looking to ride the momentum from Saturday’s win.
“We still have a lot to play for,” Miles said. “We want to go out and make a run. Our game plan will not change much.”
The Rams and Aztecs will face off Thursday at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m. MT. The game will be simulcast on the Mtn. and CBS College Sports.
Download Schedules: Add to calendar
Game notes: Rams, Aztecs clash in Moby Arena...
Colorado State (17-2, 4-2 MW), returns home to host San Diego State (15-4, 5-1 MW) on Saturday at...
White Out set for Saturday vs. San Diego State
Colorado State men's basketball, off to the best record in program history at 17-2 (4-2 MW), will...
Men's basketball recap: Rams capture...
The Colorado State men's basketball team used an impressive defensive effort, and a balanced...
Game notes: Rams face Spartans in MW road contest
CSU (16-2, 3-2 MW), travels to Northern California to face San José State (2-15, 0-5 MW)...
Men's basketball recap: Rams blow out Wolf Pack...
The Colorado State Rams improved to 16-2 (3-2 MW) with a dominating, 98-42 victory over the...
Game notes: CSU hosts Nevada Wednesday night at...
CSU (15-2, 2-2 MW), returns home to host Nevada (6-9, 2-1 MW) on Wednesday.
Men's basketball recap: Avila lifts Rams in...
The Colorado State men's basketball team held on for a 92-87 victory on Saturday in a wild game...
Game notes: Rams visit in-state rival Falcons...
CSU, travels to Colorado Springs for a Mountain West matchup against in-state rival Air Force on ...