Nov. 13, 2009
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
EUGENE, Ore. -- The Colorado State men’s basketball team opened the 2009-10 season on the right foot with a 91-73 victory Friday night against the UC Davis Aggies at the Basketball Travelers Tip-off tournament at McArthur Court.
CSU’s 91 points marked the team’s highest scoring output in a regulation game under Head Coach Tim Miles, and the first time the team has eclipsed 90 points since a 90-78 home victory over BYU on Jan. 20, 2007.
“It’s a good season-opening win for the team,” said Miles. “We’re going to be shorthanded a lot this year, so we need to go out and find ways to win and we did that tonight. We’re not always going to be able to outscore our opponents.”
Andy Ogide played a key role in the Rams’ offensive explosion, leading Colorado State (1-0) with a 24-point, seven-rebound effort, as the Rams won their season opener for the second consecutive year. The junior forward tallied 12 points in each half, as the Rams used an athletic mismatch over the Aggies’ post players to their advantage.
However, it was the Rams’ outside shooting that led CSU to an early lead, and helped the team hold on for the victory.
The Rams shot lights-out from beyond the arc in the opening stanza, connecting on 9-of-14 from long range, including a 6-for-7 performance by junior forward Andre McFarland, to take a 68-62 advantage into halftime. McFarland, who came off the bench for the first time in 54 consecutive games for the Rams, hit his first six from long range and added a jumper at the 15:20 mark to pour in those 20 first-half points.
Dorian Green was impressive in his collegiate debut. He tallied 16 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals, while playing a team-leading 34 minutes as the starting point guard.
“Dorian was really heady,” added Miles. “He’s just a good player.”
The freshman also keyed in an important Rams run. After the Aggies stormed back to take a 26-23 lead at 6:04 in the first half, Green poured in 11 straight for CSU, pushing the team to a 34-28 advantage which the Rams would never give up. Green also knocked down a trio of three-point shots.
Senior guard Harvey Perry (2-for-4) and junior guard Adam Nigon (3-for-6) also knocked down multiple three-pointers for the Rams, who shot 56 percent (14-for-25) from long range as a team. Nigon’s three treys were a career best, and his 11 points tied a personal record set Jan. 14 against UNLV. Perry finished as the fifth Ram in double figures, adding 10 points.
Colorado State turned up the defensive intensity in the second half, holding the Aggies to just 35 percent (12-for-34) from the field in the closing stanza, extending their lead to double figures for most of the half. UC Davis climbed back to within seven points, 74-67, with less than 6 minutes to play, but CSU closed the door, scoring 12 of the game’s next 14 points over the next 3 minutes, to take an 86-69 lead.
The Rams will now turn their attention to Winston-Salem State, the second of three games in as many days at the season-opening tournament. Winston-Salem, also known as the Rams, opened the tournament against host Oregon in Friday’s nightcap.
Tipoff between CSU and WSSU is slated for 5:15 p.m. MT.
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