Nov. 21, 2012
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DENVER, Colo. – Senior center Colton Iverson notched his first double-double as a Ram – recording 16 points and 13 rebounds – and classmate Dorian Green added 16 points of his own, leading the Colorado State men’s basketball team to a hard-fought road win at in-state rival Denver, 60-53, on Wednesday night at Magness Arena.
The victory moves Colorado State to 3-0 to open the season, and opens a stretch of two consecutive road games for the Rams who were just 3-9 away from home last season.
“We’ll take it,” said Green of the road win. “They (the Pioneers) are a good team and a good challenge for us. We really struggled on the road last year, so it is good to improve on that with another tough one coming up on Saturday (at Washington).”
Green tallied 13 of his 16 points in the first half. He and Iverson combined for 11 of the Rams’ final 13 points of the opening half, as part of a 13-2 Rams’ run over the final 3:35. The run turned an 18-15 deficit into a 28-20 halftime advantage, and keyed the CSU victory.
“I think the biggest thing was that we played physical, and pounded them inside and attacked off the dribble with our guards.” said Iverson of the Rams’ style of play.
“We have a way we play,” added Eustachy of his team’s run to end the first half. “I thought we had some nice stops, and our defense triggers our offense. This is a hard team to play against. It was a good win; we gutted it out.”
The Rams’ defense held the Pioneers to just 29.5 percent shooting from the field, and silenced DU’s leading scorer Chris Udofia who entered the contest averaging 17.7 points per game, but finished with only one bucket, a layup with 26 seconds left in the contest.
Green found his shooting touch from beyond the arc, hitting a pair of treys in the game’s opening 9:31. Senior guard Wes Eikmeier also reached double-figures scoring for the Rams, connecting on three three-pointers of his own en route to a 13-point night. Eikmeier also dished out a team-high three assists in the win.
Iverson’s 13 rebounds were a game high, and senior forward Pierce Hornung, the Mountain West’s leading rebounder, added 11 boards to help CSU to a 47-33 advantage over the smaller Pioneers.
Hornung finished the game with eight point and 11 rebounds, playing 38 minutes in the contest for the Rams.
Colorado State returns to the court Saturday, facing another tough road foe in the Washington Huskies. The game tips at 5:30 p.m. MT/4:30 p.m. PT from Alaska Airlines Arena. The game will be televised live nationally on the Pac-12 network.