Dec. 28, 2010
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
SAN FRANSCISCO, Calif. – Sophomore guard Wes Eikmeier scored a career-best 19 points, and senior forward Andy Ogide added 15, to lead the CSU mens’ basketball team to a 69-61 victory at San Francisco to open the Hilltop Challenge Tuesday night at War Memorial Gymnasium.
The victory improved CSU to 9-3 on the season, and ran the Rams’ win streak to five games – the longest streak under fourth-year Head Coach Tim Miles. San Francisco falls to 4-9 to open the 2010-11 campaign.
After falling behind by as many as six points in the first half, the Rams used a 22-5 run over the final 7 minutes to take a 44-32 lead into the locker room.
Eikmeier sparked the Rams’ run with a three-pointer at the 6:38 mark to cut the USF advantage to 27-25. After a pair of Dons’ free throws, the Rams scored seven straight - including a layup by Ogide, a jumper by Eikmeier, and the first of two consecutive three-pointers by senior forward Andre McFarland - to take their first lead, 32-29.
As they did for much of the night, USF answered McFarland’s trey with one of their own, this time from Michael Williams, and the game was tied, 32-32, with 3:27 left in the half. McFarland’s second three came just moments later and gave the Rams a 35-32 lead they would never relinquish.
USF scored seven straight to open the second half, and they cut the Rams’ advantage to two points three times in the final 20 minutes, but Ogide scored six straight between the 6:37 mark and the 3:41 mark of the closing stanza, and sophomore guard Jesse Carr sealed the victory going 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final minute.
Williams recorded 16 points for the Dons, hitting 5-of-8 from long range, but Angelo Caloairo paced the team with 17 point and 10 rebounds. Caloiaro was also hot from three-point range, finishing 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Rashad Green also posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, including 2-of-3 from three-point range.
Overall, the Rams outshot the Dons 56.5 percent (26-for-46) to 40 percent (20-for-50), but USF held the rebounding edge, 30-24. USF also connected on 11-of-24 shots from long range, while the Rams hit 6-of-19 from beyond the arc.
Ogide and Franklin tied for team-high honors with five rebounds each for the Rams. Franklin was held to just six points before fouling out late in the second half.
Colorado State will now enjoy an off day in San Francisco before returning to the court against Division II Dominican (Calif.) on Thursday. The Rams and Penguins are slated to open the second day of competition at the Hilltop Challenge, tipping off at 4 p.m. MT. CSU concludes tournament play on Saturday against Hampton University (2 p.m. MT).