Jan. 8, 2008
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GAME NO. 15
COLORADO STATE (6-8/0-1) vs.
Oklahoma Panhandle State (6-4/0-0)
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008 | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena| 7 p.m. MT
Colorado State finishes non-conference action for the season as it hosts Oklahoma Panhandle State in a Tuesday night matchup.
Look at the Rams
The Rams finished 2007 on a high note, defeating Western State after a disappointing December. CSU is led in scoring by Marcus Walker who is averaging 15.5 points per game and has made a team-high 21 three-pointers this season. Right behind Walker is Willis Gardner averaging 12.6 points per game, sinking 18 shots from beyond the arc. Freshman Andre McFarland has the best three-point percentage on the team at 63.6 percent including 10-of-13 in the last four games. Stuart Creason averages 12.2 points per game and shoots a team-best 57.6 percent.
About Oklahoma Panhandle State
Four players for the Aggies average in double figures this season led by Will Stephenson who averages 20 points per game. Basil Leslie (15.9), Lachawn Anderson (14.3) and Fred Durr (13.0) join him in double-figures. Oklahoma Panhandle State runs a fast offense that makes for high-scoring games. The Aggies are 2-2 on the road and lost a 115-109 contest to Cameron in their last road contest. On the boards, Stephenson pulls down 8.0 a game to lead the team.
Series with Oklahoma Panhandle State
The Rams and Oklahoma Panhandle State have never met prior to this game.
Moby Arena note
Colorado State will play its 600th men's basketball game in Moby Arena vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State.
Senior center Stuart Creason will be out indefinitely after being stepped on in practice. The injury us an aggravation from a recurring foot issue for Creason. No time line for his return had been established.
Colorado State vs. UNLV
Fans got the price of admission and more as Colorado State and UNLV battled down to the final seconds of the game before a pair of free throws by Wink Adams put the Rebels up three points for a 65-62 win in front of 4,023 fans at Moby Arena Jan. 5. Marcus Walker used every trick in the book and scored a game-high 18 points. Without big man Stuart Creason, the Rams (6-8, 0-1) needed heart and stifling defense and got it. CSU was able to lead four times the game, including for a stretch of more than nine minutes in the second half, against a veteran UNLV squad. The Rams' defense was strong, forcing nine turnovers and swiping four balls. They also held the Rebels to just 33.8 percent shooting from the field. In addition to his 18 points, Walker had seven assists, four rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. Center Ronnie Aguilar had a career-high four blocks to go along with a team-leading 11 boards. Also in double figures for CSU were Andre McFarland with 14 points and Jesse Woodard with 10.
This season the Rams field their youngest squad in the last 30 years and the freshmen have really come through. The five CSU freshmen are averaging a combined 20.8 points per game with Josh Simmons and Andre McFarland assuming starting roles.
Marcus Walker, Stuart Creason and Willis Gardner each average double figures for the season in scoring. The Rams' leading scorer has come from the trio in every game this season. Together they account for 60.4 percent of CSU's total points.
The 700 club
Willis Gardner, Marcus Walker, Stuart Creason and Andre McFarland each are shooting at least .700 from the free-throw line this season. Gardner leads the way shooting .900 (36-40) and hit 17 consecutive shots before his misses at North Dakota State, Dec. 15.
Gardnering some Attention
Willis Gardner leads the team in free-throw percentage, dishes out a team-high 3.6 assists per game, ranks third on the team with 4.1 rebounds a game and leads the team averaging 33.7minutes per game.
Andre McFarland and Jesse Woodard finished their first semester in college with a huge night on the court at Nevada, Dec. 19. McFarland hit four shots from beyond the arc on his way to a career-high 17 points. Woodard, who is primarily a defensive spark for the Rams, showed his stuff with nine points on the same night.
POINTS ON THE BOARD
Marcus Walker had CSU's best scoring outing in more than 30 years as he scored 43 points against Tennessee State Nov. 17 at the BP Top of the World Classic. Walker shot the lights out, hitting on 15-of-18 from the field, 83.3 percent.
IRON MAN GARDNER
Gardner became the first player since Micheal Morris on Nov. 19, 2005, to play the full minutes in a game on Nov. 9 at Montana. He is the first Ram in two decades to play all 40 minutes in his Colorado State debut. He also played 40 minutes against North Dakota State.
ALL-TIME MOBY RECORD
Colorado State holds an all-time record of 428-171 (.715) in Moby Arena.
Colorado State won its first Top of the World Classic championship in Fairbanks, Alaska, Nov. 18. Stuart Creason was named the tournament MVP and Marcus Walker, who set the tournament record for most points in a game with 43 against TSU, joined him on the squad.