Dec. 5, 2012
BOULDER, Colo. – The Colorado State men’s basketball team trailed by just three points with 6:43 left to play on the road against rival Colorado, but the climb back from a first-half deficit that reached as many as 25 points proved too much for the Rams to fully overcome.
In front of an arena-record crowd of 11,708 fans, the Rams (6-1) suffered their first loss of the season, 70-61, despite a fifth-straight double-double effort from senior center Colton Iverson.
Iverson tallied team highs of 19 points and 14 rebounds, including 15 points and nine boards in the second half to fuel the Rams’ comeback effort. Senior guard Dorian Green added 18 points, but the Rams’ duo was unable to match CU’s Spencer Dinwiddie (29 points) and Andre Roberson (15 points and 14 rebounds), who led the Buffs to a 42-22 advantage at halftime.
The Rams dug a huge hole in the first half, shooting a season-low 30 percent (9-of-30) from the field, while allowing Colorado (7-1) to connect at a 59-percent clip in the opening 20 minutes.
But the second half was a different story, as CSU steadily climbed back into the contest. Coming out of the break, the Rams continued an 11-0 run that began with five straight from Green to close the first half. The Rams held CU to just nine points in the first 8 minutes of the second stanza, and clawed back to within 10 points, 51-41, after senior forward Greg Smith knocked down a pair of free-throws.
Colorado answered with a free-throw from Xavier Johnson and a layup from Roberson to push the lead back to 13, 54-41, but the Rams closed to within three with a 10-0 run, keyed by a pair of baskets each from Iverson and senior guard Wes Eikmeier and two free-throws from Green. Colorado then scored nine of the game’s next 10 points, pushing the lead back to double-digits, 63-52, with 3:18 to play.
The Rams were unable to get closer than eight points the remainder of the game, despite Colorado shooting just 6-of-12 from the free-throw line in the final 1:15 of the contest.
For the game, CU shot 46 percent (23-of-50) while holding the Rams to 36 percent (21-of-59), overcoming a 42-30 Rams rebounding edge.
The Rams continue their two-game road swing this weekend, traveling to Chicago, Ill., for a matchup against the 7-1 UIC. Tipoff between the Rams and the Flames is set for 3 p.m. CT/2 p.m. MT and the game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet-Chicago as well as Altitude Sports.
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