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Preview: CSU to open Mountain West Tournament in quarterfinals Thursday

March 7, 2017

2016-17 Colorado State Men's Basketball
Game #32 - Colorado State (21-10, 13-5) at MW Quarterfinals
March 9, 2017 • 7 p.m. MT • Thomas & Mack Center (18,000) - Las Vegas, Nev.
TV: CBS Sports Network (DirectTV: 221 / Dish Network: 158 / Comcast Digital: 412 (HD))
Radio: CSU Sports Network (Flagship: KARS 102.9 FM (Fort Collins); Affiliates: KDCO 104.7 FM (Denver), KMTS 99.1 FM (Glenwood Springs), KJME 890 AM (Colorado Springs), KKVT 100.7 FM  (Grand Junction), KRFD 100.1 FM (Sterling))

Opening Tip
• • Winners 10 of its last 12 games, Colorado State will open the 2017 Mountain West Men's Basketball Championship in the quarterfinals on Thursday, March 9 against the winner of No. 7 Wyoming and No. 10 Air Force.
• Tip off for the Rams at the Thomas & Mack Center is set for 7 p.m. MT as the game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
• It will also air across the Colorado State Sports Network, including flagship KARS 102.9 FM, with Brian Roth on the play-by-play and Adam Nigon handling the analysis.

2016-17 Rams Quick Hits
• The 2016-17 season marks the 115th in the history of the Colorado State men's basketball program. The Rams are 1,237-1,229 (.502) in 2,466 games all-time.
• Colorado State is under the direction of coaching veteran Larry Eustachy, who is in his fifth season at the helm of the Rams' program and his 26th as a Division I head coach in 2016-17. Eustachy reached the 500-win plateau in his coaching career with the 85-58 victory over Air Force, Jan. 7, 2017.
• Colorado State men's basketball concluded the 2015-16 season in the Mountain West Tournament Semifinals and finished the year with an 18-16 overall record, including 8-10 in MW play.
• Colorado State basketball declined postseason invitations last year after much consideration of the events as well as the status of the team after the season. The program earned its sixth invitation for postseason play in the last seven years.
• CSU lost four of its five starters, including leading scorers Antwan Scott, a Second Team All-Mountain West selection, and Joe De Ciman, who was the only player from Larry Eustachy's first CSU team to play all four years.

• For broadcasting quick hits, current averages and career highs on individual players, go to the back page of the notes for a Radio/TV chart that includes that information.

The Coach
• Colorado State Head Coach Larry Eustachy (Long Beach State, `79) is in his fifth season at the helm of the Rams and holds a 108-58 (.651) record at CSU and 510-316 (.617) overall coaching record in his 26th season. This season, CSU posted an 18-16 mark, including 8-10 in Mountain West play, and advanced to the MW Championship semifinals.

All-Time Against Possible QF Oppt.
WYOMING - 92-134
(Conference: 65-115)
Home: 51-55 / Away: 38-75 / Neutral: 3-4
(Complete Game-by-Game Results on Page 28)

AIR FORCE - 77-31
(Conference: 53-20)
Home: 42-10 / Away 32-17 / Neutral 3-4
(Complete Game-by-Game Results on Page 29)

Eustachy vs. Wyoming
Overall: 6-7 (5-5 at CSU)
(Home 3-2 / Away 2-4 / Neutral 1-1)
Date Loc Coached W/L Score
12/29/93 N Utah State L-ot 69-73
12/21/96 N Utah State W 73-72
12/3/97 A Utah State L 61-67
2/2/13 H Colorado State W 65-46
3/6/13 A Colorado State W 78-56
2/22/14 H Colorado State W 82-67
3/8/14 A Colorado State L 75-83
1/7/15 H Colorado State L 54-60
2/4/15 A Colorado State L 48-59
1/30/16 A Colorado State L 76-83
2/20/16 H Colorado State L 66-84
2/14/17 A Colorado State W 78-73
2/28/17 H Colorado State W 78-76

Eustachy vs. Air Force
Overall: 9-0 (9-0 at CSU)
(Home 5-0 / Away 4-0 / Neutral 0-0)
Date Loc Coached W/L Score
1/16/13 H Colorado State W 79-40
2/16/13 A Colorado State W 89-86
1/18/14 H Colorado State W 74-68
2/8/14 A Colorado State W 68-56
1/10/15 A Colorado State W 92-87
2/21/15 H Colorado State W 66-53
1/20/16 A Colorado State W 83-79
3/5/16 H Colorado State W 87-73
1/7/17 H Colorado State W 85-58

CSU vs. Mountain West Conference
School Overall Home Away Neut.
Air Force 77-31 42-10 32-17 3-4
Boise State 10-9 8-2 1-7 1-0
Fresno State 17-15 13-2 2-11 2-2
Nevada 9-9 5-2 4-7 -
New Mexico 46-75 33-25 12-48 1-2
San Diego State 40-40 26-11 13-25 1-4
San José State 15-0 7-0 6-0 2-0
UNLV 16-37 11-14 5-22 0-1
Utah State 38-53 28-18 10-34 0-1
Wyoming 92-134 51-55 38-75 3-4
Totals 360-403 224-139 141-246 13-18

Eustachy vs. Mountain West Conference
School Overall Home Away Neut.
Air Force 9-0 5-0 4-0 0-0
Boise State 13-11 9-3 2-8 2-0
Colorado State 1-4 0-1 1-2 0-1
Fresno State 9-4 4-0 2-3 3-1
Nevada 14-10 9-1 4-9 1-0
New Mexico 3-7 2-3 1-4 0-0
San Diego State 5-8 3-2 1-4 1-2
San José State 14-3 7-1 6-1 1-1
UNLV 9-7 7-1 2-5 0-1
Utah State 3-5 1-2 2-2 0-1
Wyoming 6-7 3-2 2-4 1-1
Totals 86-66 50-16 27-42 9-8

Eustachy Among the Elite
• CSU head coach Larry Eustachy has ranked among the best coaches in his sport for nearly two and a half decades. Now in his 26th season as a mentor at the NCAA Division I level, he just got his 500th career win against Air Force earlier this month, becoming the 62nd Division I head coach (solely counting wins at the Division I level) to reach that milestone ever.
• His 510 wins ranks 18th among active NCAA Division I coaches (same standard) and is No. 58 all-time (list below)
Current Rankings of Division I Wins for Head Coaches
55. Rick Majerus (four schools) 517
56. John Chaney (Temple) 516
57. Don DeVoe (five schools) 512
58. Larry Eustachy (current CSU) 510
59. Nolan Richardson (Tulsa, Arkansas) 509
60. Hec Edmundson (Idaho, Washington) 508
61. Harold Anderson (Toledo, Bowling Green) 504
Jay Wright (current Villanova) 504
62. Billy Donovan (Marshall, Florida) 502
Leonard Hamilton (current Florida State) 502
John Beilein (current Michigan) 502

• The four others that started the year in realistic reach of the 500-win level this year were Wright, Hamilton, Beilein and Mark Few (Gonzaga - 497).
• In his first season at the helm of the Rams' program, Eustachy became the only head coach in NCAA Division I history to lead five different programs - CSU, Southern Miss, Iowa State, Utah State and Idaho - to 24 or more wins in a season.
• With a career record of 510-316 (.617), Eustachy ranks as one of just 75 head coaches (out of 351 Division I programs) to have a .600 or better win percentage with a minimum of five years experience. He entered the season tied for 57th on the list, and is one of just 33 coaches in the ranking with at least 20 years of Division I experience.

Moving Up the CSU Coaching Ranks
• CSU head coach Larry Eustachy continues to move up the record chart for the Rams in victories.
• Already starting the season with the highest winning percentage among coaches with at least four years at the school, Eustachy moved from seventh to fourth in career wins over the course of the season, passing Boyd Grant (1988-91) with his 82nd win on Feb. 6, 2016 vs. Nevada.
• Eustachy reached the 100-win plateau at CSU faster than any other coach in school history and recently passed Dale Layer (103, 2001-07) for third.
Rk Name Yrs Gms Won Lost Pct.
1. Jim Williams (1955-80) 26 645 352 293 .546
2. Stew Morrill (1992-98) 7 207 121 86 .585
3. Larry Eustachy (2012-16) 5 166 108 58 .651
4. Dale Layer (2001-07) 7 209 103 106 .493
5. Boyd Grant (1988-91) 4 127 81 46 .638
6. Tony McAndrews (1981-87) 7 200 80 120 .400
7. Tim Miles (2007-2012) 5 159 71 88 .447
8. Harry Hughes (1912-25) 14 139 60 79 .432
9. Bill Strannigan (1951-54) 4 116 60 56 .517

Mountain West Record
• Colorado State - a charter member of the Mountain West - is now 119-159 (.428) in regular-season action against MW foes since the formation of the league in 1999-2000.
• Head coach Larry Eustachy is 52-36 (.591) in MW regular-season action in his time at Colorado State and 56-40 including tournament games.

2017 Mountain West Championships
• The Colorado State men's basketball team closed the 2016-17 regular season and is set to open play at the 2016 Mountain West Championships.
• The tournament will be played in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Thomas & Mack Center (18,500) on the campus of UNLV.
• The event, which will decide the league's automatic bid to the 2015 NCAA tournament, begins Wednesday, March 8 with the opening round games, and run until Saturday, March 11 when the league's tournament champion will be crowned.
• 2017 marks the 18th Mountain West Championship tournament since the formation of the league in 1999-2000.

The Rams' Path to a Championship
• The following is a brief look at how the bracket has set for 2017 Mountain West Championships. For a complete bracket, see Page 26 of this notes packet.
• As the No. 2 seed entering this week's tournament, Colorado State will have a first round bye. No. 1 seed Nevada, No. 3 Boise State, No. 4 Fresno State and No. 5 New Mexico also have first-round byes.
Opening Round (Wednesday)
Game 1 - No. 8 Utah State vs. No. 9 San Jose State at 12 p.m. MT/ 11 a.m. PT
Game 2 - No. 7 Wyoming and No. 10 Air Force at 2:30 pm MT
Game 3 - No. 6 San Diego State vs. No. 11 UNLV at 5 p.m. MT
Quarterfinals (Thursday)
The winner of Wyoming/Air Force takes on No. 2 Colorado State at 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT in Game 6
• Other quarterfinal matchups:
Game 4 - No. 1 Nevada vs. the winner of No. 8 Utah State and No. 9 San Jose State at 1 p.m. MT/12 p.m. PT
Game 5 - No. 4 Fresno State vs. No. 5 New Mexico at 3:30 p.m. MT/2:30 p.m. PT
Game 7 - No. 3 Boise State vs. the winner of opening-round Game 3 between No. 6 San Diego State and No. 11 UNLV at 9:30 p.m. MT/8:30 p.m. PT
Semifinals (Friday)
• A Colorado State victory in Game 6 would advance the Rams to Semifinal No. 2 against the winner of the third quarterfinal between No. 3 Boise State and the winner of the opening-round matchup between No. 6 San Diego State and No. 11 UNLV at 10:30 p.m. MT/9:30 p.m. PT.
• Other semifinal matchup: The winners of Quarterfinal 1 - between No. 1 Nevada and the winner of the opening-round game between No. 8 Utah State and No. 9 San Jose State - and Quarterfinal 2 - between No. 4 Fresno State and No. 5 New Mexico at 8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT.
Championship (Saturday)
• A berth in the league's title game would be just the second (2003) for Colorado State in 18 seasons as a member of the Mountain West.
• The championship tips at 4 p.m. MT/3 p.m. PT.

Colorado State at MW Championships
• Colorado State is 12-16 all-time in 17 previous Mountain West Championships appearances since the formation of the league in 1999-2000.
• Colorado State's best finish at the Mountain West Championships came during the 2003 season when the sixth-seeded Rams defeated No. 3 Wyoming (74-71), No. 2 BYU (86-80 OT) and No. 4 UNLV (62-61), in the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship, respectively, to earn the MW's automatic bid to the 2003 NCAA tournament.
• The Rams have played in 15 quarterfinal games in MW tournament history, posting a 7-8 record.
• In the Rams' seven semifinals appearances, the team has posted a 1-6 mark.
• The Rams earned the 2003 tournament title in their only appearance in the championship game, downing No. 4 seeded UNLV (62-61) on a game-winning shot, with 5.7 seconds remaining, by senior forward Brian Greene and a tournament MVP run by sophomore center Matt Nelson.

Current Rams in the MW Championships
• The Rams will have four players (two seniors, two sophomores) playing for the 2016-17 Rams that have experience in the MW tournament and three that won a pair of games last year as the No. 6 seed (defeated No. 11 San Jose State and No. 3 Boise State).
• Senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo, redshirt-sophomore guard J.D. Paige and sophomore guard Prentiss Nixon were a part of last year's two victories before the semifinal defeat at the hands of Fresno State.
• Senior guard Gian Clavell played in the 2015 tournament when the Rams entered as the No. 3 seed. CSU defeated Fresno State in the quarterfinals before falling to No. 2 San Diego State in the semis.

Rams vs. the MW Tourney Field
• A brief look at the Rams' record vs. Mountain West foes during play at the MW conference championship tournament.
Current Membership
Air Force 1-1
Boise State 1-0
Fresno State 2-1
Nevada 0-0
New Mexico 0-2
San José State 1-0
San Diego State 1-4
UNLV 1-3
Utah State 0-1
Wyoming 2-1
Former Membership
BYU 1-1
TCU 2-0
Utah 0-2

Rams Take Mountain West Awards
• Colorado State again was among the top honorees, this time by the coaches of the Mountain West Conference, as senior guard Gian Clavell was selected as the league's Player of the Year, while Larry Eustachy was recognized as the Coach of the Year.
• Senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo was named First Team All-MW along with Clavell, while the pair also was named to the league's All-Defensive team.
• This is the first time in school history that CSU has had two players named to the first team all-conference in any season, as well as two in a single season named to the all-defensive squad.
• The duo was also named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District team for District VIII earlier today.
• The 2017 Mountain West Player of the Year according to the league media, Clavell led the Mountain West in league scoring at 21.2 points per game, including two games of 30 points or more, as well as ranking seventh in rebounding at 6.9 per MW game. The Puerto Rico native tallied a career-high 37 points, with 30 in the second half and the game-winning layup with 3.8 seconds to play, at San Diego State. Often guarding the opponent's top backcourt player, Clavell also was second in steals (1.8 spg) and 3-pointers made (3.1 3pg) and seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (.409). He has scored in double figures in all 16 Mountain West games and 21 of 22 games played overall, averaging better than 19 points a game this season. He is just the second Ram ever to be recognized as the conference player of the year, joining Mike Mitchell's recognition in 1990 when CSU was part of the Western Athletic Conference.
• Eustachy led the Rams to a 21-10 overall record, 13-5 in the Mountain West and the No. 2 seed in the upcoming MW tournament. The 13 wins tied the program record for conference wins, while CSU also set a new school mark with five consecutive league road wins in a single season. Under his leadership, Colorado State also won seven straight conference games, also a new program record for consecutive Mountain West victories. This is the first time in his five years in the Mountain West and the sixth time overall that Eustachy has been selected as his conference's coach of the year.
• Selected by the league media to First Team All-Mountain West, Omogbo became the new standard for double-doubles in the Mountain West this season, recording a new league record with 13 during conference action. He led the conference in rebounding at 10.9 boards per conference game and ranked 11th in scoring at 15.7 points a contest. He was also third in league field goal percentage, hitting .495 of his shot attempts, and tied for eighth at 1.3 steals per game. The senior scored a career-high 24 points, with 17 coming in the final half, in the win at San Diego State, Jan. 28. Recently, he hit a 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left for the game-winner over San Diego State, Feb. 25. For his CSU career, Omogbo now has 26 double-doubles, which is eighth all-time on the MW career list.
• The pair's recognition on the Mountain West All-Defensive Team marks the fifth and sixth times that a CSU player has been named to the squad and fourth under Eustachy, as current Director of Player Development Pierce Hornung was selected in both 2012 and 2013.

CSU Postseason Awards
Gian Clavell
MW Player of the Year (coaches)
MW Player of the Year (media)
First Team All-Mountain West (coaches)
First Team All-Mountain West (media)
Mountain West All-Defensive Team (coaches)
USBWA All-District Team
NABC All-District Team

Emmanuel Omogbo
First Team All-Mountain West (coaches)
First Team All-Mountain West (media)
Mountain West All-Defensive Team (coaches)
USBWA All-District Team
NABC All-District Team

Larry Eustachy
MW Coach of the Year (media)
MW Coach of the Year (coaches)

National Rankings (Team/Players)
(as of March 6, 2017)
Team (Top 60 of 347 Division I teams)
Field Goal Percentage Def. 40.4 27th
3-Pt. Field Goal Percentage Def. 31.8 39th
Free Throws Made 525 47th
Rebounding Offense 38.45 47th
Defensive Rebounds 26.90 54th
Players (top 100 nationally)
Emmanuel Omogbo
Rebounds Per Game 10.7 9th
Defensive Rebounds Per Game 7.84 9th
Total Rebounds 333 11th
Double-Doubles 18 11th
Offensive Rebounds Per Game 2.90 63rd

Moby Arena Homecourt Advantage
• CSU has a record of 537-216 (.713) record all-time at Moby Arena.
• The Rams are 71-18 (.798) under Larry Eustachy in games played at Moby Arena.
• CSU completed the regular-season home slate at 14-5 (7-2 in Mountain West), giving the program a winning home record for the eighth straight season, including all five under head coach Larry Eustachy.
• Colorado State finished the 2015-16 regular season 12-5 at Moby Arena.
• At 15-2 in 2014-15 at Moby, it marked the fourth time in program history that CSU has won at least 15 home games.
• The Rams finished the regular-season one win shy of the best home mark in program history (16-1 in 2012-13). CSU went 15-2 at Moby in 1987-88.

Road Improvements
• CSU picked up its fifth straight MW road win and sixth in conference play at New Mexico, Feb. 21, and after having the streak snapped at Nevada March 4, is now 7-5 on the road this year.
• The Rams won five straight MW road games for the first time ever under head coach Larry Eustachy and for the second time in school history.
• The only other time CSU has won five consecutive conference road games occurred over the last four games of the 1988-89 and first game of the 1989-90 season in the WAC.
• Under Eustachy, CSU is 26-34 (.433) on the road, above the national average of 32.4 percent.
• Last season, the Rams were 6-11 in games away from Moby Arena.

Rebounding Emphasis Noted
• Head coach Larry Eustachy makes rebounding one of his top priorities in all practices and games and it shows in his record, as CSU is 93-29 under the leader when winning the glass.
• The Rams have won the battle of the boards in 19 of their 31 games this season, going 17-2 in those contests.
• Colorado State is +2.7 on the glass in its 32 games with at least one player with a double-figure rebounding total in 22 of 31 games.
• Last season, CSU finished second in the Mountain West and ranked 25th nationally at 39.97 rebounds per game as well as second in the MW and 35th in the country with a +5.4 rebounding margin.

Adjusting Over the Halftime Break
• CSU has made good adjustments on both ends of the floor during the halftime intermission this season.
• In 24 of 31 games so far, the Rams have improved their shooting from the floor, percentage wise, from the first half to the second half. Combined, CSU has shot 40.2 percent (371-of-924) in the first half as compared to 45.1 percent (381-of-845) in the second half. When improving, the Rams are 17-7.
• Defensive adjustments have also been evident, as opponents have shot a lower percentage from first to second half from the field in 17 of the 31 games (CSU 12-5 in those contests).
• The totals have definitely translated to the scoreboard, as CSU, as the Rams average scoring +1.1 compared to opponents in the opening half but improve to +3.7 in the second half.

Quick Bits Under Eustachy
• The Rams had a seven-game Mountain West winning streak during this season, the longest MW win streak in program history.
• CSU is 94-7 (41-3 MW) when leading with five minutes to play under head coach Larry Eustachy and 99-7 (46-4 MW) when leading with two minutes to go.
• The 21-point loss at Fresno State, Jan. 18, 2017 was a rarity, as it was just the second time that a Eustachy-led CSU team has lost to a MW foe by more than 15 points (16-2 in his five years in MW games decided by 16 points or more.
• The Rams are 91-26 (41-14 MW) when shooting more free throws than their opponent and 95-23 (44-12 MW) when opponent commits more fouls overall.
• When Colorado State forces more turnovers than it gives up, the good guys have posted a 61-16 overall record.
• When the Rams shoot at least 45 percent from the floor, they are 62-6 (28-4 MW) in five years under Eustachy.
• Last year, CSU was 12-4 when leading at halftime, 13-1 when leading with five minutes remaining and 14-3 when ahead with two minutes to go.

Last Time Out - at Nevada
• In a battle for the regular season Mountain West title, Colorado State could not hold off host Nevada and fell to the Wolf Pack, 85-72, March 4. With the loss snapping a seven-game winning streak and five straight on the road, the Rams got the No. 2 seed in the upcoming tournament.
• In the second half, CSU led by as many as four on two occasions, with the last a 48-44 advantage with 16:56 to play. From there, the Wolf Pack used a 14-1 run over 4:34 to take a 58-49 advantage with 11:47 to go in the contest, a lead it would never relinquish. The hosts pushed it to as many as 14 points at 71-58, as the Rams could get no closer than eight the rest of the way.
• CSU grabbed the early lead on its first possession on a layup by senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo and never trailed in the opening stanza. The Rams built it to 19-11 before a 7-0 Wolf Pack run cut it down to one at 19-18 with 9:43 to go in the period. However, the Rams had answers and eventually got it to double digits at 39-29 with 3:40 to go. The hosts then closed the half on a 11-3 surge to make it a two-point CSU lead at the break, 42-40.
• CSU shot just 38.7 percent (24-of-62) from the field, including a slim 25.8 percent (8-of-31) in the second half. Nevada was 43.5 percent (30-of-69) from the floor in the game, improving in the final period with 45.5 percent (15-of-33) . Nevada took over the boards in the second half, getting a 44-36 advantage overall and 25-18 in the final period.
• Senior guard Gian Clavell led the Rams with 33 points, including 18 in the first half, and nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Prentiss Nixon had 12 points, while Omogbo and redshirt-sophomore guard J.D. Paige added 10 and 9, respectively. Cameron Oliver led the Wolf Pack with 29 points and 17 boards, with Jordan Caroline and Marcus Marshall adding 18 points each.
(See page 20 for the box score from this game.)

Most Recent Meeting Vs. Wyoming
• Sophomore guard Prentiss Nixon hit the game-winning three-pointer with 3.6 seconds left on the clock to give the Colorado State Rams and 7,883 fans a 78-76 victory over the Wyoming Cowboys, Feb. 28. It was the Rams' seventh straight win and 10th in the last 11 games.
• Neither team could seem to miss in the first stanza, as the Rams and Cowboys shot 63 percent (20-of-32) and 59 percent (16-of-27), respectively. A three pointer by sophomore guard Prentiss Nixon to end the half gave him 18 points in the period and sent the Rams to the locker room with a 48-41 lead.
• The Rams maintained a comfortable lead throughout the majority of the second half, before a ferocious Wyoming comeback, capped off by a three-point basket from Justin James with 17 seconds remaining, resulting in the Rams trailing by two. With senior guard Gian Clavell on the bench after fouling out with just over a minute to play, Nixon took the game into his hands on the Rams' final possession and hit the dagger three-pointer with 3.6 seconds left on the clock.
• Colorado State had an efficient night offensively, shooting an impressive 51.7 percent (30-of-58) for the game including 33.3 percent (7-of-21) from deep. The Rams committed just six turnovers on the night, and pulled down seven offensive rebounds, led by redshirt-freshman Nico Carvacho's four. Wyoming shot well too, hitting 51.9 percent (28-of-54) from the floor, including 40.0 percent (12-of-30) from the three-point line.
• Senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo recorded his 13th double-double in conference play to become the Mountain West's all-time leader in the category. His 13-point, 12-rebound performance moved him ahead of current San Antonio Spurs superstar Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State) and Ryan Watkins (Boise State) for sole possession.
• Nixon led the Rams with 23 points, while Clavell and Carvacho rounded out the Rams' double-digit scorers with 17 and 10 points, respectively. Carvacho's scoring, paired with 10 rebounds, gave him his second career double-double. Sophomore guard Justin James from Wyoming was the game's leading scorer with 24 points.
(See page 21 for complete box score)

Most Recent Meeting Vs. Air Force
• Head Coach Larry Eustachy earned his 500th career victory in emphatic fashion as the Colorado State Rams beat the Air Force Falcons 85-58, Jan. 7, 2017, in Moby Arena.
• The Rams opened the game on a 8-0 run and led for all but 2:51 of the in-state matchup, never trailing by more than four points. After taking a 33-28 lead into the break, Colorado State came out of the locker room on fire, shooting 63 percent (17-of-27) from the floor and an obscene 56.3 percent (9-of-16) from the three-point line in the second half, opening up a lead that reached as high as 34 points. The Rams' 52 second-half points falls just two points short of their season best in that category.
• Colorado State shot an even 50 percent (30-of-60) for the game, and 43.8 percent (14-of-32) from deep. The 14-made three pointers nearly doubles its previous season-best of eight, and their 19 total assists, led by senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo's career-best five, marks a new season high as well.
• Air Force shot 41.7 percent (20-of-48) for the game from the floor but were limited to just 36.4 percent (8-of-22) in the second half. CSU won the battle of the boards, 31-29, but made more of its opportunities, outscoring the visitors 13-6 on second-chance points.
• Senior guard Gian Clavell led all scorers with 28 points, and Omogbo recorded his Mountain West-leading eighth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Prentiss Nixon and freshman guard Anthony Bonner rounded out the Rams' double-digit scorers with 20 and 11 points, respectively. Senior forward Frank Toohey led the Falcons with 14 points.
(See page 22 for complete box score)

Double-Double, Omogbo's Trouble
• Senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo has been a load for opposing teams since late last season, overcoming the family tragedy in January 2016.
• Omogbo currently leads the Mountain West and ranks ninth nationally at 10.7 rebounds a game to go with his 14.1 points a contest (11th in MW) and league-high 18 double-doubles (seventh in NCAA Division I). His play earned him First Team All-Mountain West honors from both the coaches and the media, as well as selection to the NABC and USBWA's All-District teams.
• His 13 double-doubles in Mountain West play this year are the most in league history in MW action and his 18 total ties the school record for a single season (Jason Smith, 2006-07)
• This year, Omogbo ranks in the CSU record book in:
- 1st in single-season defensive rebound average (7.84)
- 1st in single-season defensive rebounds (243)
- 4th in single-season total rebounds (333) / 6th in MW Sr
- 5th in single season rebounding average (10.7)
- 7th in single-season offensive rebound average (2.90)
- 8th in single-season offensive rebounds (90)
- t-2nd in career offensive rebound average (3.01)
- 3rd in career defensive rebound average (6.34)
- 4th in career rebounding average (9.3 rpg) / 5th in MW
- 10th in career defensive rebounds (406)
- 6th in career offensive rebounds (192)
- 15th in total career rebounds (598)

• He had 13 points and 11 boards against Kansas State at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Dec. 17, before his double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds against UNLV, Dec. 28.
• He just missed a double-double with a career-high 22 points and game-high nine rebounds at Boise State, Dec. 31. However he followed it up with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win at San Jose State, Jan. 4.
• Omogbo had team-highs 20 points and season-high 16 rebounds at Utah State, Jan. 21.
• The senior scored a career-high 24 points, with 17 coming in the final half, in the win at San Diego State, Jan. 28.
• Recently, he hit a 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left for the game-winner over San Diego State, Feb. 25.
• For his CSU career, Omogbo now has 26 double-doubles, which is eighth all-time in MW career (#1 among 2-yr players).

Clavell Can Fill It
• Redshirt-senior guard Gian Clavell is having a strong return to the Rams' lineup in his final collegiate season after receiving a medical redshirt for last season.
• Clavell currently leads the team in scoring at 19.5 points per game (1st in MW play at 21.2 ppg), having scored in double figures in 21 of his 22 appearances this season, including 10 of 20 or more points (all in MW games). He also is shooting 42.1 percent from the floor in league action, 40.9 percent from the 3-point line (7th in MW) and grabbing 6.9 rebounds a game (7th in MW).
• For his play in conference action, Clavell was named the Mountain West Player of the Year by both the league coaches and media polls. He also garnered First Team All-MW, MW All-Defensive team and NABC and USBWA All-District honors.
• His 19.5 points per game is tied for the eighth best single-season average in CSU history currently.
• He also is tied for 13th on CSU's all-time chart with 125 career three-pointers and 11th in three-pointers attempted with 354.
• Clavell improves from first half to second half in field goal and three-point percentages and scoring. In the first half, he is 36.2 percent from the floor, 32.9 percent from the arc and averages 6.86 points (7.41 in league). The second half sees an increase to 46.2%, 42.3% and 11.95 points (13.12 in MW play).
• He returned to the lineup Dec. 10 against Northern Colorado after sitting out the first nine contests due to a suspension for a violation of CSU's Student-Athlete Code of Conduct. He scored 15 points off the bench in the Rams' victory. He then followed it up with 16 points versus Kansas State at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Dec. 17.
• He had his first double-double of the year with 21 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in the win over UNLV, Dec. 28. He followed it up with 22 points at Boise State, Dec. 31.
• The guard had his third double-double of the season and six of his CSU career with 24 points and a season-best 12 rebounds against San Jose State, Jan. 25.
• He was stellar on Jan. 28 in the team's first win at San Diego State since 2003. Clavell had a career-high 37 points, including 30 in the second half on 11-of-14 shooting, and hit the game-winning layup with 3.8 seconds to play. He also added eight rebounds.
• His performances against San Jose State and San Diego State earned Clavell Mountain West Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career.

Nixon Does It All
• Sophomore Prentiss Nixon has become an integral part of the CSU lineup this season.
• The guard has averaged 12.5 points per game this year (17th in MW), scoring in double figures in 22 games, including a streak of eight straight (all MW contests where he is averaging 13.3 points per game - 17th in league only).
• He scored a career-high 30 points against Kansas State and surpassed his season high from last year six times.
• Against Utah State Feb. 7, Nixon recorded career bests of seven rebounds and seven assists along with 11 points in the home victory over the Aggies.
• Nixon connected on a three-pointer with 3.6 seconds to play to give CSU a 78-76 win over Wyoming, Feb. 28, part of his team-best 23-point effort.
• Nixon has also been stellar on the defensive end of the floor, drawing a team-high 31 charges/offensive fouls this season and creating 24 steals, fourth on the team.

Paige Wheeling & Dealing
• Redshirt-sophomore J.D. (or as Coach Eustachy calls him Jeremiah) Paige has been adjusting well to his new role within CSU's offense.
• Paige leads CSU assists (2.6 apg), is third in steals (1.0 spg) and blocked shots (0.7) and fourth in scoring (9.0 ppg).
• The Denver, Colo., native had a solid outing against Alcorn State (11/23), recording career bests of 23 points and six assists in the home victory.
• Paige tied his career high with 23 points, including a career-best five three-pointers in the win over Fresno State, Feb. 11.

Young Guards Stepping Up Scoring
• Redshirt-sophomore J.D. Paige and sophomore Prentiss Nixon are both showing what a year of college basketball can do for confidence and skills.
• Last season, Paige averaged 4.9 points a game and shot just 33.8 percent from the field, while Nixon was 4.8 points and 38.9 percent from the floor.
• This year, the duo has increased their scoring averages by more than double combined, as Nixon is at 12.5 points per game while Paige is currently at 9.0 points per contest.

Carvacho Growing On the Floor
• Redshirt-freshman center Nico Carvacho is showing his increased comfort level on the floor for the Rams.
• Carvacho had a breakout game at Colorado, Nov. 30, scoring 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting and grabbing 9 rebounds.
• Against Northern Colorado Dec. 10, he posted his first collegiate double-double of 13 points (5-of-6 FG) and 11 boards.
• Recently, he had 12 points on 5-of-7 FG and six rebounds at Fresno State, Jan. 18.
• He tallied his third double-figure scoring game of the year with 10 points and eight rebounds in the win versus San Jose State, Jan. 25.
• In the win over Wyoming, Feb. 28, Carvacho posted his second double-double of his collegiate career with 10 points (3-3 FG) and 10 rebounds.
• He leads the Rams at 52.1 percent (62-of-119) from the field and is third in rebounding (14th in the MW) at 5.4 per game.

Taking Charity
• For the season, CSU is 73.2 percent from the charity line, ranking 47th nationally in free throws made and 65th in free throws attempted.
• The Rams have also made 525 free throws while their opponents have combined for just 569 total attempts.
• In the win at Colorado Nov. 30, the Rams made their first 18 free throws in a row, a key reason that CSU won the road game.
• The Rams made 618 free throw attempts in 2015-16, while their opponents had just 703 total attempts from the line. CSU ranked 19th nationally in free throws made and 18th in free throw attempts.

CSU All-Time vs. 2016-17 Opponents
Overall Home Road Neutral
Air Force 77-31 42-10 32-17 3-4
Alcorn State 1-0 1-0 - -
Arkansas-Fort Smith 3-0 3-0 - -
Boise State 10-9 8-2 1-7 1-0
Colorado 37-89 27-36 9-53 1-0
Fort Lewis 4-0 4-0 - -
Fresno State 17-15 13-2 2-11 2-2
Kansas State 5-9 5-2 0-7 -
Long Beach State 2-2 1-1 1-1 -
Loyola Marymount 2-5 2-2 0-3 -
Md.-Eastern Shore 1-0 1-0 - -
Nevada 9-9 5-2 4-7 -
New Mexico 46-75 33-25 12-48 1-2
New Mexico State 5-1 4-0 1-1 -
Northern Colorado 69-36 50-12 18-24 1-0
San Diego State 40-40 26-11 13-25 1-4
San Jose State 15-0 7-0 6-0 2-0
SE Louisiana 1-0 1-0 - -
Stanford 1-7 1-2 0-5 -
UNLV 16-37 11-14 5-22 0-1
Utah State 38-53 28-18 10-34 0-1
Wichita State 1-8 1-3 0-5 -
Wyoming 92-134 51-55 38-75 3-4
Totals 492-560 323-198 154-345 15-18

Returning/Lost...By the Numbers
• The Rams added several key newcomers for 2016-17 as Colorado State looked to fill some gaps from last year's production on the floor.
• Here is a quick look at what the Rams returned in major statistical categories:
Category Total (R/L) % Returning
> Scoring 2700 (942 / 1758) 34.9%
> Rebounding 1246 (500 / 746) 40.1%
> Assists 455 (156 / 299) 34.3%
> Blocks 77 (31 / 46) 40.3%
> Steals 131 (39 / 92) 29.8%
> Minutes 7000 (2461 / 4539) 35.2%

Stacking of the Classes
• CSU finally has the stack of classes that head coach Larry Eustachy has desired since taking over the program, though it won't take effect until next season.
• Because of four experienced Division I transfers sitting out, next year's roster is scheduled to have three seniors, five juniors and four sophomores with college playing experience along with one JUCO transfer.

Eustachy's Contract Extended
• Colorado State Director of Athletics Joe Parker announced a one-year extension to the contract of head men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy. This guarantees that Eustachy will remain at the helm of the Rams through the 2020-21 season.


 

 

The Last Meeting
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November 24, 2009
Moby Arena
Men's basketball recap: Rams crush Comets
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State men's basketball team played its home opener Tuesday night, defeating the Mayville State Comets, 79-42.

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