Men's basketball recap: CSU opens regular season with blowout win over Golden Lions
Nov. 13, 2010
By Zach Balside
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Rams took control of the game late in the second half and didn't look back against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions, winning 82-51 at Moby Arena on Saturday night.
The Rams have now won three consecutive season openers under Miles, and extended a streak of home-opening victories to 30, dating back to the 1981 season.
CSU (1-0, 0-0 MWC) started its season on a positive note, blowing the game open with a 25-4 run starting with 4:08 left in the first half and running nearly four minutes into the second half. CSU was trailing 24-22 with 4:30 left in the first half, but by halftime held a 35-26 advantage.
"I told our guys we needed to settle down and relax early on," Head Coach Tim Miles said. "Once we settled down and got over that nervousness, the game was pretty fun to watch."
The Rams opened the second half 5-for-5 from three-point land, with five players collecting the threes, helping to dispatch a team that went 1-1 in the 2010 NCAA tournament.
Andy Ogide scored 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting in the contest, adding eight rebounds, and even contributed to the Rams' outside shooting, knocking down his second-career trey during the Rams' run.
"I thought Andy was dominant when we could get it to him," Miles said. "He did a really nice job."
CSU outscored UAPB 47-25 in the second half, including 14 points in the half from junior Will Bell, who made his debut for the Rams after spending two seasons at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo.
"Will had a good night, a great second half. I thought he did a nice job for us," Miles said.
Twelve players suited up in the contest for the Rams, including five that were making their CSU debuts. Bell, Moe Wiltz, Dwight Smith, Trevor Williams and Wes Eikmeier, who started at guard, all saw significant action, showing that the Rams have many weapons this season.
"I think we've got good depth and balance," Miles said. "We really don't have any one good guy you can zero on and that can be good or bad."
As a team, CSU out-rebounded UAPB 41-29 and held the Golden Lions to just 36.2 percent shooting. The 82 points were the most the Rams had scored in 18 games, dating back to CSU's 83-73 road win against Wyoming on Jan. 6, and the 31-point differential was the team's largest win since defeating Mayville State, 79-42, on Nov. 24, 2009.
The Golden Lions participated in the NCAA tournament last season after winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament. They won in the opening round against Winthrop, and then lost in the first round to eventual champion Duke.
CSU will head an hour down I-25 for its next game, playing in-state rival Denver on Thursday at 7 p.m. MT. The Rams beat the Pioneers, 64-59, last year in Fort Collins.