GAME NOTES: Rams host BYU

Walker led the Rams in points and rebounds at UNLV

Walker led the Rams in points and rebounds at UNLV

Feb. 12, 2008

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GAME NO. 24 COLORADO STATE (6-17/0-9) at BYU (18-5/7-1) Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008 | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena | 7 p.m. MT

BY THE NUMBERS...

9...Number of games with at least 20 points for guard Marcus Walker this season.

16...Current losing streak for the Rams on the road.

22.2...MWC-leading scoring average for  Marcus Walker in conference action this season.

 

Possible Starters:

Colorado State Rams:

No.      Pos.              Name        Pt.        Reb.

13  F    Andre McFarland   7.0    4.2

12  G   Adam Nigon  2.2    2.9

04  G   Marcus Walker       18.5   2.7

23  C    Ronnie Aguilar       4.1    6.5

43  G   Willis Gardner        10.5   3.5       

 

BYU Cougars:

No.      Pos.              Name        Pt.        Reb.

30  F    Lee Cummard        16.8   6.4

45  F    Jonathan Tavernari 13.6   5.4

44  C    Trent Plaisted        15.7   9.0

20  G   Sam Burgess 8.6    3.2

24  G    Ben Murdock    4.2        2.3

THE MATCHUP

Colorado State returns to Moby Arena for the first home game of the second half of the Mountain West Conference season against BYU. In the first MWC road trip of the season, CSU lost to the Cougars 92-73 in Provo.

 

LOOK AT THE RAMS

CSU looks to snap a 10-game losing streak.  The last time the Rams had such a long streak was the 1980-81 season in which they won just three games. The Rams are coming off a tough week on the road with losses at New Mexico (91-51) and at UNLV (68-51) and are back at home for the first time in nearly 11 days.

 

ABOUT BYU

The Cougars feature a trio of players who average double-digit numbers on the season. Forward Lee Cummard leads the team by scoring 15.8 ppg as well as a team-leading 56 percent shooting percentage from the floor. Preseason all-MWC nominee Trent Plaisted leads the conference in rebounding with nine boards a game. Rounding out the top three for BYU is Jonathan Tavernari with a team-leading 60 three-pointers on the season.

 

SERIES WITH BYU

The Rams are currently on a two-game skid in the BYU series, with their last win coming in a 90-78 victory in Moby Arena during the 2006-07 season.

 

MEMORABLE SERIES MOMENT

(2004-05) Matt Nelson and company welcomed the Cougars to Moby Arena for the two teams' first meeting of the season in a mid-season matchup. CSU had to weather the sharp-shooting by BYU guard Austin Ainge, who finished with a game-high 25 points (5-of-9 from beyond the arc). Even though Nelson was the eventual leader of the team, it was the newcomers who rose the occasion. Freshman Jason Smith led the Rams in scoring with 19 points, connecting on eight of his 12 attempts from the field. Also, freshman Sean Morris poured in 12 points to go along with a career-high  (at the time) eight rebounds in a 74-67 triumph.

 

records set vs. byu

George Price set a school record with 18 field goals made in a 1971 contest against BYU

 

Local Connections

Rams assistant coach DeMarlo Slocum coached BYU junior Michael Lloyd on the AAU Las Vegas Prospects team.

 

CREASON INJURY

Senior center Stuart Creason returned to action after a nine-game absence against UNLV on Feb. 9. The injury was an aggravation from a recurring foot issue.

 

SPREADING THE LOVE

Marcus Walker leads the league in scoring but isn't afraid to share the ball as he is in the Top 20 in the league in assists per game (2.7). Also spreading things around is Willis Gardner (2.7).  The pair combine to average 5.4 assists per game.

 

PERFECT 10

Marcus Walker was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line vs. TCU (Jan. 19) for the Rams' seventh perfect game in 2007-08.  CSU is .730 from the line as a team overall and in conference action is shooting .781.

 

McFARLAND IMPACT

Andre McFarland, a true freshman, is averaging 7.0 points per game and despite playing the forward position is the Rams' top three-point shooter. McFarland is second in the league in freshman scoring and third among freshman rebounders.

 

SEEING DOUBLE

Ronnie Aguilar's shoes are a half-size smaller than injured center Stuart Creason's but Aguilar has filled Creason's shoes on the court with style in the last five games. Aguilar notched his first career double-double Jan. 8 in 29 minutes. Against UNLV, Aguilar had 11 rebounds. In MWC competition he averages 7.7 rebounds a game.

 

WALK IN THE PARK

While Marcus Walker may be new to CSU after stepping back into his true position, shooting guard, this season he has exploded offensively for the Rams. He averages 18.5 points per game, first in the Mountain West.  When he isn't making baskets, Walker is setting up teammates. He currently averages 2.7 assists per game and has a career-high seven in two games.

 

ACES AND EIGHTS

Willis Gardner and Marcus Walker are a pair of aces when it comes to the free-throw line as each shoots .800 or better.  Gardner is hitting . 907 (49-54) while Walker is 56-67 for .836 including a current streak of 12 straight.

 

NOTING THE UNLV GAME

- Marcus Walker scored a game-high 24 points to extended his number games with 20 or more points to nine .

-  Stuart Creason saw his first action since the Rams game against Western State on Dec. 29, he contributed with 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting.

-  The Rams were never able to capture the lead throughough the 40 minute contest.

-  CSU shot 20 of its 55 attempts from beyond the arc.

-  Not only was the 6-foot Walker the leading scorer for the Rams, but he also led the team in rebounding with seven.

 

CHANGING THINGS UP

For the first time this season the Rams started the second half with a different lineup than the one with which they started the game on Feb. 2 against Utah. Adam Nigon, Marcus Walker, Ronnie Aguilar, Flynn Clayman and Andre McFarland were the second-half starting five.

 

WOODARD IMPACT

After a slow start the season, Jesse Woodard is seeing an increase in playing time and is more productive. In Mountain West action, Woodard is averaging 19.3 minutes a contest to go along with 7.6 points.  He has eight steals and is averaging 2 rebounds a game in conference play as well.

 

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.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

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.

 

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.

 

WINTER CHILL

CSU was winless in the first month of 2008, going 0-7 during January. The freeze has continued as the Rams have dropped the first three games of February.

 

MOUNTAIN WEST ACTION

Colorado State has just one player averaging double-figures in MWC action this season.  Marcus Walker, who leads the league in scoring (conf. - 22.2, overall - 18.5) is the only Ram to score in double-digits in every MWC game this season.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

The Rams hit the road again, when they travel to TCU on Feb. 20 at 5:30 MT after a week off.

 

CSU BASKETBALL TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to all home games are available by calling 1-800/491-RAMS or online at CSURAMS.com, or at any King Soopers or City Market grocery store location throughout the state of Colorado.

 


 

 

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