Dec. 1, 2009
By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations
GREELEY, Colo.—Tuesday evening’s matchup between the Colorado State Rams and instate rival Northern Colorado Bears didn’t start how Head Coach Tim Miles envisioned.
The Rams were held without a field goal for the opening 7 minutes, 27 seconds, missing their first 10 shots. At that point, the Rams were 0-for-4 from beyond the arc, just 2-of-6 from the free-throw line and trailed by a score of 11-1 just 4 minutes in.
Colorado State would battle back, but eventually fall short, 70-63, in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 3,192 at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.
Trailing 36-31 at halftime, the Rams opened the second half on a three-point play by Travis Franklin to cut the deficit to two. But the Rams were called for five offensive fouls in the first 8 minutes of the half, resulting in a 9-3 Northern Colorado run.
Colorado State was able to fight back, though, going on a 10-2 run, capped by a fast-break layup by Arin Dunn to tie the score at 49-49 with 7:53 remaining. But the Bears scored five points in the ensuing 43 seconds to bring the Rams’ deficit back to five.
The contest was close throughout the majority of the second half with the Rams staying within two possessions from the 10:26 mark through under a minute to play. Colorado State held Northern Colorado without a field goal for the final 4:27 of the game, but 11 free throws, on 13 attempts, during that stretch sealed the deal.
The Rams never led and trailed by as many as 10 in the opening minutes.
In the first half, Colorado State shot a mere 26 percent (6-of-23) from the floor, and shot 35.2 percent on the night. Despite outrebounding the Bears 42-30, the Rams committed 26 fouls and had more turnovers (20) than field goals (19).
Freshman Dorian Green
led the Rams with 13 points. Franklin and Andre McFarland
also cashed in with 10 points each. Franklin’s 11 rebounds gave him a double-double for the first time by a Rams player this season.
Mame Bocar Ba tied career highs in points (6) and rebounds (6), seeing 17 minutes of playing time.
With the win, Northern Colorado is now a perfect 7-0 for the first time since 1964. After winning each game in the series between 1986 and 2007, the Rams have now fallen twice in the past three years, both in Greeley.
Colorado State falls to 0-3 in road contests, but will look to get back on track Saturday at home against Denver at 7 p.m.