Nov. 25, 2012
SEATTLE, Wash. – The Colorado State men’s basketball team picked up its second big road win of the week on Saturday evening, defeating the Washington Huskies in dominating fashion, 73-55, at UW’s Alaska Airlines Arena.
Four Rams finished in double-figures scoring, led by senior forward Greg Smith’s 15-point effort. Senior guard Dorian Green poured in 14 of his own, connecting on 3-of-7 from deep and dishing out seven assists, while senior center Colton Iverson and sophomore guard Daniel Bejarano each tallied 13 points for the Rams. Bejarano also knocked down three three-pointers for the Rams.
Iverson tallied his second straight double-double, pulling down 12 rebounds and matching senior forward Pierce Hornung for game-high honors. Eight of Hornung’s rebounds came on the offensive end, as Colorado State imposed its will on the Huskies with a 45-21 rebounding edge.
Smith, who was held scoreless in the Rams’ victory at Denver on Wednesday night, was the catalyst for CSU’s key run in the second half that turned a six-point deficit into a double-digit lead that the team would never relinquish.
With Colorado State trailing 38-32 coming out of a timeout, Smith notched a huge block on the defensive end, and sprinted down court to convert the fastbreak layin that sparked a 20-4 Rams’ run. When the dust settled, Smith had scored nine of his 15 in less than seven minutes, and the Rams held a 52-42 lead following junior forward Gerson Santo’s baby hook in the lane with 9:25 left to play.
“We took the timeout when we were down six and really challenged them,” said Head Coach Larry Eustachy. “I was really pleased. We were fortunate to hit some shots that I haven’t seen us make since I’ve been the head coach here. So, it is well deserved by our guys. They worked very hard to do something like this.”
Following a C.J. Wilcox jumper for UW at the 8:57 mark, Gerson Santo converted a pair of free-throws to push the CSU lead back to double-digits, 54-44, and the Rams lead ballooned to as many as 20 points over the game’s final seven minutes.
Wilcox scored a game-high 28 points for the Huskies, and starting center Aziz N’Diaye posted eight points and eight rebounds, but it was not enough to overcome the Rams’ onslaught.
Colorado State dominated in nearly every category, posting a 22-8 advantage in second-chance points, a 17-5 edge in bench scoring and a 34-26 difference in the paint. The Rams also scored 15 points off 10 Huskies turnovers, and outscored UW 9-6 on the break.
The win marks CSU’s second on the road this season, and shows a marked improvement for a team that was just 3-9 away in road contests a year ago. The Rams’ 4-0 start is the team’s best since jumping out to a 6-0 mark to open the 2005-06 season.
Colorado State will now return to Moby Arena for a matchup against in-state rival Northern Colorado on Monday night. Tipoff between the Rams and the Bears is set for 7 p.m. MT and tickets are available in person at the McGraw Athletic Center Ticket Office, over the phone at 800/491-RAMS and online at www.CSURams.com.
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