Men's basketball recap: Rams down Rebels, advance to championship game
Dec. 23, 2010
By Danny Mattie
CANCUN, Mexico – Sophomore guard Jesse Carr knocked down the first of his season-high three three-pointers with 5:05 left in the first half to give CSU a 23-21 lead en route to a 68-61 victory over SEC foe Ole Miss Thursday night at the Poliforum Benito Juarez in the semifinals of the Cancun Governor’s Cup.
Carr’s trey snapped a 12-0 Rebels’ run, and gave the Rams a lead they would never relinquish.
The Rams started slow in the contest and Ole Miss staked to an early 7-2 advantage just more than 2 minutes into the game. But CSU answered with an impressive 18-2 run to claim a 20-9 lead midway through the first half.
Travis Franklin sparked the Rams during that all-important scoring run, pouring in 11 of his game-high 21 points during that stretch.
Fellow senior Andy Ogide, an Ole Miss transfer, closed the half strong, scoring four of CSU's final seven points to send the Rams into halftime with 30-26 advantage against his former school.
Ogide began the second half where he left off the first, pouring in five of the Rams’ first seven points to keep the Rebels at bay. After a jumper by UM’s Terrance Henry cut the CSU lead to 37-36, with 13:58 left to play, it was Carr who came up big once again, knocking down back-to-back three-pointers to give CSU a 43-36 lead.
The Rams would not allow the Rebels to get any closer than four points for the remainder of the game, and sealed the victory by knocking down 11-of-14 free-throw attempts in the final 4:19 of the contest.
Ogide finished the game with 17 points and 10 rebounds, notching his second consecutive double-double performance, and the 11th of his career at CSU. Carr finished the game with 12 points for the Rams, including 3-of-4 from the free-throw line in the final 2:17.
Franklin’s 21-point scoring outburst marked his second-consecutive 20-point game, his fourth of the season, and the eighth of his career. He finished 13-of-14 from the free-throw line, giving him three consecutive games with 10 or more free-throw attempts for the first time in his career.
Ole Miss was led by Zach Graham who tallied 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Nick Williams added 13 points, followed by Chris Warren who tallied 11 despite a 3-for-17 performance, including 1-for-11 from three-point range.
Colorado State closes play at the Cancun Governor’s Cup with a Christmas Eve matchup against Southern Mississippi. The Golden Eagles (9-1) earned a spot in the championship game with a 74-67 victory over St. Louis in the other semifinal matchup. The contest between the CSU and Southern Miss is slated to tip at 8 p.m. CT/7 p.m. MT on ESPN2.