Dec. 31, 2009
By Alan Rakowski
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - True freshman Pierce Hornung recorded a career-high 15 points, and three other Rams starters scored in double-figures, as CSU took down Yale, 93-71, at Moby Arena Thursday afternoon.
The Rams (9-5) opened the game on a 13-0 run en route to a season-high 93 points, and led the entire game. The win helped CSU remain a perfect 7-0 at home this season, as the Rams closed their non-conference schedule.
CSU's nine wins matches its entire win total from the 2008-09 season, but Head Coach Tim Miles and the Rams aren't letting up.
"Let's not stop there," Miles said. "It was a good win and our job is to show progress, and I think we are."
The Rams dominated the game, jumping ahead 10-0 in the first 3 minutes. The Bulldogs (4-9) were never able to trim CSU's lead below that margin for the remainder of the contest.
CSU led by as many as 19 in the first 20 minutes of play and took a 42-24 advantage into the locker room at the half. Hornung was a key contributor for the Rams in the first half, tallying seven points (3-for-3 from the floor, 1-for-1 from the line) and also pulling down six rebounds.
"Pierce was aggressive and he can score," Miles said.
Junior guard Adam Nigon, like Hornung, didn't miss a shot in the first half and added nine points (3-for-3 from the field, 2-for-2 on three-point attempts, 1-for-1 from the line). Junior forward Andy Ogide also got off to a good start, posting six points and five rebounds in the first 20 minutes.
The Rams controlled the entire game, but the Bulldogs' senior guard Alex Zampier did everything he could to keep it close.
Zampier, who finished the game with 31 points (11-for-22 from the field, 5-for-9 from three-point range, 4-for-5 from the stripe) and five rebounds, scored the Bulldogs' first five field goals of the contest.
In the second half, it was Zampier again opening with his team's first eight points. But the Rams still led, 49-32, early in the second period. CSU's consistent shooting on high-percentage looks prevented Yale from ever making a game of it. The Rams shot a season-high 59.3 percent (32-for-54) from the field. They also scored 44 points in the paint, and held Yale to just 14.
Junior forward Travis Franklin had a solid second half for CSU, scoring 10 points and pulling down two boards after intermission. He finished with a team-high 17 points (5-for-7 on field goals, 7-for-9 from the line), three assists and three rebounds.
Hornung totaled 15 points, going a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and 3-for-3 from the line. Nigon and Ogide managed 12 and 10, respectively.
Thursday's contest was just the second meeting ever between the two teams. The Rams now have a 2-0 advantage in the series over the Bulldogs from the Ivy League.
Harvey Perry saw his first action for the Rams since Nov. 20, after serving an academic suspension. Perry finished with two points in limited time.
All told, 13 out of the 14 Rams that played scored Thursday.
CSU will next head to Laramie to take on the Wyoming Cowboys in the Border War game on Wednesday, opening Mountain West Conference play. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. MT.