Nov. 24, 2009
By Garrett Finke
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State men’s basketball team played its home opener Tuesday night, defeating the Mayville State Comets, 79-42.
The Rams (3-2) extended a winning streak in home-opening games that dates back to the 1980-81 season.
The Rams opened the game down 5-2 after the first 2 minutes, 15 seconds, then went on a 20-0 run over the next 9:30 to take a commanding 22-5 lead over Mayville State (4-4). Stingy defense by the Rams turned into points for the offense as they converted 12 Comet turnovers into 16 points in the first half.
“We got some steals inside early that led into transition,” Head Coach Tim Miles said. “With a few exceptions we looked like a basketball team that looked like we knew what we were doing.”
Freshman guard Dorian Green, leading MWC freshmen in scoring, averaging 13.5 points before Tuesday’s game, led the Rams in scoring for the second straight game with 17 points. Green went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc and added four steals on the defensive end.
Junior Andy Ogide and freshman Greg Smith did the work down low for the Rams as they helped outscore the Comets 38-4 in the paint. Ogide added 13 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Smith, playing in his first game for the Rams, scored 10 points while pulling down six rebounds.
“Well, first off Greg Smith is a lightning rod,” Miles said. “He fills up the stat line.”
The Rams completed the game with a total team effort as all 11 players who entered the game scored. Also making his debut with Smith was junior guard Johnny Del Bene. Del Bene was the last to score but helped the Colorado State bench outscore the Mayville State bench 35-6.
The 37-point margin of victory was good enough for 11th all-time in Colorado State school history.
The Rams’ next opponent will be San Francisco on Sunday afternoon. The Rams lost by one point in last year’s contest at USF and Miles doesn’t expect this year’s to be any easier.
“Last year it came down to the last possession,” Miles said. “It’ll be a really fun game for folks to be at.”
Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. MT Sunday in Moby Arena.
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