Aug. 6, 2012
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
NASSAU, Bahamas – The Colorado State men’s basketball team capped a day of fun in the sun at the Atlantis Paradise Islands Resort, with a 95-80 victory over the Bahamas All-Stars at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium on Monday night.
Senior Colton Iverson, who sat out as a transfer from Minnesota in 2011-12, put together an impressive second-half effort to lead the way for the Rams. Iverson finished with a double-double, tallying 18 points and 14 rebounds. Classmate Dorian Green led the Rams in scoring, pouring in 19 points, including 5-of-8 from three-point range.
Pierce Hornung and Wes Eikmeier each finished in double-figures scoring with 13 and 10 points, respectively, while the fifth starter for the Rams, Greg Smith tallied nine points and added six rebounds.
The Rams held a slim 45-40 halftime lead, as the Bahamas All-Stars stormed back after trailing by as many as 20 points in the opening half. Green was key in holding off the host squad, hitting on 3-of-5 from long range to pace all scorers with 11 points at intermission.
Iverson keyed the Rams as they pulled away in the second half, scoring 12 points and recording nine rebounds in the final 20 minutes of action. Overall, the Rams outrebounded the All-Stars, 43-31.
The Rams also outshot the hosts, hitting 50 percent (30-of-60) from the field, while allowing 40.6 percent (26-of-64) on the defensive end. Iverson recorded three blocks in the game and Hornung added one rejection.
Senior guard Jesse Carr added eight points, and tied Eikmeier for the team lead with five assists.
Newcomers also played a key role for the Rams, as sophomore Jonathan Octues and freshman Jordan Mason tallied eight and seven points, respectively. Freshman Joe De Ciman scored just three points, but added four rebounds and two assists.
Bahama’s Ernest Saunders matched Green for game-high scoring honors with 19 points of his own before fouling out of the contest. Kevin Wright (13 points) and Jeremy Hutchinson (11) also finished in double-figures scoring for the All-Stars.
The game marks the Rams’ only exhibition game of the trip, as the team is scheduled to host an intra-squad scrimmage Tuesday morning.
The Bahamas All-Stars continue their “Summer of Thunder,” hosting scrimmages against college programs from Florida Gulf Coast, Norfolk State, Arizona, Indiana State, Tulane, UNC-Charlotte, Morgan State, Central Michigan and Cal State Bakersfield over next month.