Dec. 28, 2009
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
FRESNO, Calif. – Dorian Green tallied 12 points, and Jesse Carr and Andy Ogide added eight points each, but the Colorado State men’s basketball team was unable to overcome a poor shooting effort in the first half, falling 73-50 on Monday evening in front of 7,923 fans at Fresno State’s Save Mart Center.
The Rams shot just 18 percent (5-for-28 FGs) from the floor in the first half and turned the ball over 12 times in the opening stanza, digging themselves into a 36-13 deficit at halftime.
And despite a furious comeback, that included a 14-0 run over a 3-minute stretch early in the second half, the Rams were unable to claw back into the ball game. The Rams cut a 34-point Bulldogs’ lead to 20 points with 13 minutes left to play, but FSU regrouped to seal the 23-point victory.
“That was abysmal in the first half,” said Head Coach Tim Miles. “At the end of the day, that’s a problem that we need to solve. We just turned the ball over too much. We need our guys to understand the value of each possession. We have to be able to execute.”
Green, who was 0-for-6 from the field in the first half, tallied all of his team-high 12 points in the final 20 minutes, while all of Carr’s eight points came after halftime as well. Green also posted a team-high four assists in the game.
Ogide got off to a strong start, scoring CSU’s first four points, and tallying five rebounds in the game’s opening 9 minutes. He finished with eight points and six rebounds for the Rams.
Senior forward Mame Bocar Ba
tied a career high with seven rebounds, leading all players. He also finished just one point shy of his career high with five points in the contest.
“Bo did a good job tonight,” added Miles. “I thought that he was very productive. He was also good on the defensive end.”
Overall, Fresno State held the Rams to 34 percent shooting for the game, and turned 21 Rams’ turnovers into 30 points on the offensive end. The Rams outrebounded the Bulldogs 35-30.
Freshman center Greg Smith led all scorers with 18 points for Fresno State, while senior forward Sylvester Seay tallied 17 and sophomore guard Mike Ladd also finished in double-figures with 12 points. The Bulldogs shot 49 percent (24-for-29) from the field, including 43 percent from beyond the arc.
The loss, CSU’s second straight, drops the Rams to 8-5, including a 0-5 mark on the road. Fresno State improved to 7-7.
The Rams close out non-conference play on Thursday afternoon, returning to Moby Arena to take on the Yale Bulldogs at 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
“The big thing right now is how we respond,” added Miles. “Anyone can get squashed in college basketball, now how do we respond against Yale. That’s really the important part because we are going to see at least four teams in the MWC that are better than the team we faced tonight.”