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Game notes: Rams to face Lobos at The Pit

Jan. 10, 2011

Colorado State at New Mexico | Game 16
Jan. 12, 2011 | 7 p.m. MT | Albuquerque, N.M. | The Pit (17,128)

11-4, 1-0 MWC
Last Game
vs. Wyoming (W, 73-60)
Rank (AP | ESPN/USA Today)
Head Coach
Overall Record
255-199 (16th Season)
Record at CSU
43-67 (Fourth Season)
12-4, 0-1 MWC
Last Game
at Wyoming (W, 68-55)
Rank (AP | ESPN/USA Today)
Head Coach
Steve Alford
Overall Record
396-213 (20th Season)
Record at UNM
88-30 (Fourth Season)
Minutes Played/Game
Andy Ogide (27.8)
Andy Ogide (15.5)
Andy Ogide (7.4)
Adam Nigon (30)
Will Bell (10)
Travis Franklin (24)
Field-Goal %
Andy Ogide (.602)
Free-Throw %
Wes Eikmeier (.821)
Three-Point %
Adam Nigon (.517)
Minutes Played/Game
Dairese Gary (32.4)
Dairese Gary (13.9)
Drew Gordon (7.0)
Kendall Williams (21)
Dairese Gary (85)
Alex Kirk (13)
Kendall Williams (29)
Field-Goal %
Alex Kirk (.586)
Free-Throw %
Jamal Fenton (.759)
Three-Point %
Kendall Williams (.512)
Category CSU UNM
Points/Game 76.1 76.1
Points Allowed/Game 68.2 64.1
Field-Goal % .495 .487
Opponent Field-Goal % .432 .398
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .387 .367
Opponent Three-Point % .365 .303
Free-Throw % .695 .677
Rebounds/Game 33.5 37.0
Rebounding Margin +1.7 +5.3
Assists/Game 13.5 16.3
Turnovers/Game 14.3 13.9
Opponent Turnovers/Game 15.2 15.3
Steals/Game 7.9 7.1
Blocks/Game 2.3 3.3
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Opening tip
The Colorado State men’s basketball team returns to the court Wednesday night, traveling to Albuquerque, N.M., to face the New Mexico Lobos at The Pit.  The Rams look to begin conference play 2-0 for the second consecutive season. It would be just the third time since the inception of the MWC that the Rams have done so (also in 2002-03 season).  The Lobos are searching for their first MWC win after falling at Wyoming on Saturday. Tip between the Rams and Lobos is set for 8 p.m. MT.  The game will be broadcast live on The Mtn.

About New Mexico
New Mexico enters Saturday’s game with an overall record of 12-4 (0-1 MWC), most recently falling in its conference opener on a last-second shot at Wyoming on Saturday, 67-66. The loss snapped the team’s 14-game conference winning streak, which dated back to the 2009-10 campaign. After rattling off eight consecutive wins between Nov. 24 and Dec. 22, the Lobos have now lost three of their last five games. However, head coach Steve Alford’s team is 8-0 at The Pit, one of college basketball’s most hostile home venues. In the Pit’s 45-year history, the Lobos have won at an 81.5 percent clip on their home court, and the fans of New Mexico have been among the nation’s leaders in attendance numerous times.

The Lobos’ starting lineup features five players who all average at least eight points and three rebounds a game. Among those are scoring leaders senior Dairese Gary (13.9 points per game), freshman Kendall Williams (11.3 ppg) and junior Phillip McDonald (10.7 ppg). Four of the five shoot better than .500 from the floor, including freshman Alex Kirk (58.6 percent).

As a team, the Lobos connect on .487 percent of their shots. Williams leads the team with 21 made three-pointers on the season, in addition to 29 steals. Junior Drew Gordon is the team leader with 7.0 rebounds per game. The forward also chips in 9.3 points a game.

The series vs. the Lobos
The Lobos lead the overall series, 66-41, and hold a 43-11 mark against the Rams in Albuquerque.  New Mexico has won seven consecutive games in the series since falling to the Rams at The Pit on Jan. 24, 2007, 88-79. Most recently, New Mexico, then ranked No. 10 in the country, survived a scare at Moby Arena, escaping a second-half deficit to capture a 72-66 win. In the game, the Rams led with eight minutes to play, and trailed by three, 69-66, with 22 seconds on the clock before New Mexico iced the game with three free throws. Adam Nigon paced the Rams with a career night, scoring a career-high 23 points and hitting five three-pointers. Andy Ogide (12 points) and Dorian Green (11) also scored in double figures.

Due to injury, sophomore Jesse Carr has missed the three most recent games against New Mexico. During his lone game against the Lobos, however, he connected on five field goals for 15 points. In five career games, senior Andre McFarland has scored 44 points (8.4 average).

Looking ahead
Upon returning from New Mexico, the Rams will prepare for their matchup with the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday night at Moby Arena. A win would give CSU three consecutive home wins over TCU. The game, which begins at 7 p.m. MT, is televised live on The Mtn.




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