Nov. 26, 2012
By Craig Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State men’s basketball team improved to 5-0, defeating in-state rival Northern Colorado in convincing fashion, 85-69, in front of an energetic crowd at Moby Arena for its 16th straight home win.
“Give Northern Colorado a lot of credit,” Head Coach Larry Eustachy said. “We haven’t played a team that plays that hard this year. I can see them winning the Big Sky. I think they are that good.”
The Rams used an efficient and balanced offensive attack, with five separate players scoring in double figures. Senior guar Dorian Green led the way for CSU with a season-best performance of 19 points and seven assists, while senior center Colton Iverson posted his third consecutive double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds on 7-8 shooting.
Senior guard Wes Eikmeier, who has been held in check for the beginning part of this season, had a breakout game scoring 17 points on just eight shots. Eikmeier was deadly beyond the arc, making all three of his three-point attempts. Building on his strong performance at Washington, senior forward Greg Smith had eight rebounds to go along with his 14 points.
As a team, Colorado State shot 53.7 percent and made six three-pointers.
Once again, the Rams controlled the glass, out-rebounding the Bears 38-28. Colorado State has now out-rebounded its opponent by double-digits in all five of its contests this year.
“The way we want to play is very hard,” Eustachy said. “We want to play every part of the court, every inch at full throttle whether it is on offense, on defense, or on the transition in between both. It is not an easy way to play.”
Northern Colorado looked to jump out of the gates in the early going against Colorado State. The Bears opened up with a 7-2 run, and held a seven-point lead on the Rams for much of the first ten minutes. The Rams showed their poise though, and used a 7-0 run to take its first lead of the game with 6:43 left in the first half.
After a three-pointer from Tate Unruh gave UNC the lead at 35-33, Colorado State responded with an 8-0 run to close out the half and take control of the game. The Bears would never lead again.
Unruh finished the first half with 11 points to lead the way for Northern Colorado, but was held to just two points in the second half.
The Rams used swarming defense and good ball movement to extend their lead coming out of the break. With just under 10 minutes left in the game, CSU was able to extend its lead to 19 points. UNC was not able to get it any closer than 14 points for the rest of the game.
Colorado State had 21 assists in the game compared to only eight for Northern Colorado, and also outscored the Bears in the paint, 34-26. The 21 assists are a team high for the Rams this year.
Colorado State will stay at home and take on Evansville on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff between the Rams and the Purple Aces is set for 2:30 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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