Men's basketball recap: Iverson, Rams tie school record with 23rd victory
March 6, 2013
By Stuart Buchanan
LARAMIE, Wyo. – The Colorado State men’s basketball program (23-7, 10-5) ended a two-game road skid on Wednesday night with a 78-56 victory over rival Wyoming (18-12, 4-12). The win was Colorado State’s 23rd of the year, tying a school record set back in the 1988-89 season.
CSU was led by the strong play of senior center Colton Iverson, who finished the game with a career-high 29 points and eight boards. The big man shot 12-for-12 from the field, tying a Mountain West single game record for field goal percentage. The record was previously held by San Diego State’s Billy White (2009), who connected on all 12 of his attempts against Wyoming.
“My teammates did a great job giving me the ball in a wide-open alley,” Iverson said. “That’s all credit to my teammates because I wouldn’t have scored without them. I didn’t even have to dribble for most of my shots. It was just a layup or a dunk. They did a great job getting me the ball.”
The Cowboys jumped out to an early 10-7 lead causing Rams head coach Larry Eustachy to take a timeout. After that Iverson’s strength proved to be too much for the Cowboys as he rattled off 11 straight points midway through the first half giving the Rams a 26-18 lead. In the end, CSU used a 25-8 run to put away the game just before halftime.
CSU’s front court took control of the game as the Rams outrebounded Wyoming 35-11, while also pulling down 13 offensive rebounds. Pierce Hornung pulled down 10 boards, including five on the offensive glass.
The Cowboys had a six minute stretch in the first half where they didn’t notch a rebound and went 38 minutes before pulling down their first offensive board.
Dorian Green, who was playing in a school-record 126th game, poured in 18 points and provided CSU with a response to each of Wyoming’s runs.
Green also credited the Ram fans that made the hour trip north for Wednesday’s victory.
“We knew that ‘Ram Ruckus’ was coming so that was special, that was huge,” Green said of the busload of student supporters that made the trek to the Arena-Auditorium. “They gave us a lot of energy and we could definitely hear them.”
Wyoming’s Larry Nance Jr. scored 16 points connecting on 6-of-9 shots in a losing effort.
The Rams are back at home on Saturday for senior night. CSU’s five senior starters will be honored after the regular season-finale vs. Nevada. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. MT and the game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.