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Preview: No. 2 seed CSU takes on No. 6 San Diego State in MW Semifinals, March 10

Gian Clavell has had 11 20-plus point games this season.
March 10, 2017

2016-17 Colorado State Men's Basketball
Game #33 - No. 2Colorado State (22-10) vs. No. 6 San Diego State (19-12) at MW Semifinals
March 10, 2017 • 10:30 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 11 of its last 13 games, Colorado State will continue play in the 2017 Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championship in the semifinals on Friday, March 10 against No. 6 San Diego State.
• Tip off for the Rams and Aztecs at the Thomas & Mack Center is set for 10:30 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 1,238-1,229 (.502) in 2,467 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 109-58 (.653) record at CSU and 511-316 (.618) 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.
• San Diego State Head Coach Steve Fisher (Illinois State, ‘67) is in his 18th season as leader of the Aztecs with a 386-208 record and 26th as a head coach overall with a 570-290 mark.

All-Time Against Today’s Opponent
• This will be the 81st meeting ever between the two schools, with each team with 40 victories in the overall series. Last year, the two teams met twice, with the Aztecs pulling out both wins by a combined nine points. SDSU has won six of the last eight contests overall. CSU got its first victory at San Diego State in 10 years with a 78-77 victory on Jan. 28 and then won a 56-55 thriller in Fort Collins in late February. Prior to last month’s victory, CSU had not won in San Diego since Feb. 1, 2003 when the Rams escaped with a 72-69 win.
• CSU head coach Larry Eustachy is just 5-8 all-time against San Diego State, including 4-7 at CSU
• Against all current teams from the Mountain West Conference, CSU is 358-402 and 222-139 at home. Head coach Larry Eustachy is 84-65 overall in his career against the MW, including 48-16 in home contests.

VS. SAN DIEGO STATE - 40-40
(Conference: 38-36)
Home: 26-11 / Away: 13-25 / Neutral: 1-4
(Complete Game-by-Game Results on Page 14)

Eustachy vs. San Diego State
Overall: 5-8 (4-7 at CSU)
(Home 3-2 / Away 1-4 / Neutral 1-2)
Date Loc Coached W/L Score
12/6/97 N Utah State W 64-61
11/20/05 N Southern Miss L 51-79
1/12/13 A Colorado State L-ot 72-79
2/13/13 H Colorado State W 66-60
1/1/14 H Colorado State L 61-71
2/1/14 A Colorado State L 56-65
1/24/15 H Colorado State W 79-73
2/14/15 A Colorado State L 63-72
3/13/15 N Colorado State L 43-56
1/13/16 H Colorado State L 62-69
2/2/16 A Colorado State L 67-69
1/28/17 A Colorado State W 78-77
2/25/17 H Colorado State W 56-55

CSU vs. Mountain West Conference
School Overall Home Away Neut.
Air Force 78-31 42-10 32-17 4-4
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 361-403 224-139 141-246 14-18

Eustachy vs. Mountain West Conference
School Overall Home Away Neut.
Air Force 10-0 5-0 4-0 1-0
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 87-66 50-16 27-42 10-8

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 511 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) 511
59. Nolan Richardson (Tulsa, Arkansas) 509
60. Hec Edmundson (Idaho, Washington) 508
61. Jay Wright (current Villanova) 505
62. Harold Anderson (Toledo, Bowling Green) 504
63. Leonard Hamilton (current Florida State) 503
John Beilein (current Michigan) 503
65. Billy Donovan (Marshall, Florida) 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 - 498).
• 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 511-316 (.618), 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) 5 167 109 58 .653
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 57-40 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 90, No. 9 San Jose St. 64
Game 2 - No. 10 Air Force 83, No. 7 Wyoming 68
Game 3 - No. 6 San Diego St 62, No. 11 UNLV 52 (OT)
Quarterfinals (Thursday)
Game 6 - No. 2 Colorado State 81, No. 10 Air Force 55
• Other quarterfinal matchups:
Game 4 - No. 1 Nevada 83, No. 8 Utah State 69
Game 5 - No. 4 Fresno State 65, No. 5 New Mexico 60
Game 7 - No. 6 San Diego State 87, No. 3 Boise State 68
Semifinals (Friday)
• No. 2 Colorado State vs. No. 6 San Diego State at 10:30 p.m. MT/9:30 p.m. PT.
• Other semifinal matchup: No. 1 Nevada and No. 4 Fresno State 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 13-16 all-time in 18 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 16 quarterfinal games in MW tournament history, posting a 8-8 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 2-1
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 9, 2017)
Team (Top 60 of 347 Division I teams)
Field Goal Percentage Def. 40.3 25th
3-Pt. Field Goal Percentage Def. 31.5 30th
Turnovers (Fewest) 351 33rd
Rebounding Offense 38.4 47th
Free Throws Made 538 50th
Defensive Rebounds 26.94 54th
Scoring Defense 67.2 59th

Players (top 100 nationally)
Emmanuel Omogbo
Defensive Rebounds Per Game 7.63 10th
Total Rebounds 335 12th
Rebounds Per Game 10.5 13th
Double-Doubles 18 13th
Offensive Rebounds Per Game 2.84 74th

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 8-5 in games away from home this season.
• 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 94-29 under the leader when winning the glass.
• The Rams have won the battle of the boards in 20 of their 32 games this season, going 18-2 in those contests.
• Colorado State is +3.1 on the glass in its 32 games with at least one player with a double-figure rebounding total in 22 of 32 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 25 of 32 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 40.4 percent (385-of-953) in the first half as compared to 45.2 percent (397-of-878) in the second half. When improving, the Rams are 18-7.
• Defensive adjustments have also been evident, as opponents have shot a lower percentage from first to second half from the field in 18 of the 32 games (CSU 13-5 in those contests).
• The totals have definitely translated to the scoreboard, as CSU, as the Rams average scoring +1.4 compared to opponents in the opening half but improve to +4.0 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 95-7 (41-3 MW) when leading with five minutes to play under head coach Larry Eustachy and 100-7 (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 92-26 (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 63-6 (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 - vs. Air Force (MW QF)
• No. 2 Colorado State took control of the game midway through the first half and never relinquished it in an impressive 81-55 victory over No. 10 seed Air Force in 2017 Mountain West Championship quarterfinals at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, March 9. The Rams improved to 22-10 on the season, while the Falcons finished at 11-21.
• Air Force came out strong, leading for the most of the first part of the game and holding a 16-12 advantage with just over six minutes gone. The Rams then put together an 11-0 run over the next 3:32, including five from sophomore forward Braden Koelliker and six from senior guard Gian Clavell, to take a 23-16 lead. The Falcons responded with eight straight to take a 24-23 lead with 8:06 to play, but the Rams’ defense got stops as the No. 2 seed scored 16 straight over an eight-minute span and led 39-26 at the break.
• The Rams continued their strong defensive effort to start the final 20 minutes, scoring the first eight points and holding the Falcons to just two in the first four minutes for a 48-28 lead at the under-16 media timeout. CSU built the lead to as many as 33 in the game, maintaining complete control of the contest throughout the second half.
• CSU finished the game shooting 48.4 percent (30-of-62) from the floor while limiting Air Force to 38.5 percent (20-of-52), including 36.0 percent (9-of-25) in the second half. CSU outrebounded AFA 38-26, including 10 offensive rebounds that were converted into 15 second chance points. Both teams were solid at the free throw line, as Colorado State was 13-of-15 and Air Force was 11-of-13.
• Clavell led all scorers with a game-high 30 points and added seven rebounds. Sophomore Prentiss Nixon had 15 points, while senior Emmanuel Omogbo had 12. Redshirt-freshman forward Nico Carvacho finished just shy of a double-double with 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Air Force was led by Hayden Graham’s 15 points, while Lavell Scottie was the only other Falcon in double figures with 12.
(See page 20 for the box score from this game.)

This Year’s Previous Meetings
• Senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo knocked down the game-winning three-pointer with less than five seconds to play, propelling Colorado State men’s basketball to a 56-55 Mountain West victory over visiting San Diego State, Feb. 25. The Rams won their sixth straight win and ninth in their last 10 games.
• With just under four minutes remaining in the contest, the Rams tied the game at 50 on senior guard Gian Clavell’s three-pointer. The two teams exchanged baskets, and with 2:20 left, sophomore guard Prentiss Nixon made one of two free throws to give CSU its first lead of the game at 53-52. San Diego State regained the lead with a Dakari Allen layup and made free-throw to give the visitors a two-point advantage with 23 seconds left. On the ensuing possession, CSU had one chance blocked out of bounds with just over nine seconds remaining to set up the final dramatic bucket, as SDSU was unable to connect on a desperation shot at the final buzzer.
• Both teams had a slow start with neither team scoring until two minutes into the contest. SDSU broke the early drought and went on a 10-2 run, holding the lead the entire first half. The Aztecs later went on a 12-1 run over a 4:25 span to take its biggest lead of the game at 28-15 with 5:38 to play. Struggling from the field, the Rams were stalwart in their defense, liming the visitors to just one basket in the last five minutes of the half and trailed 33-21 at the intermission. The Aztecs were solid from the floor in the opening period, shooting 48.1 percent (13-of-27) while the Rams were just 28.6 percent (8-of-28), including 1-of-12 from the three-point arc.
• The Rams opened the second half on a 9-1 run to start to close the gap from halftime to just four at 34-30, using their stifling defense to force the Aztecs to miss their first nine shots. SDSU pushed advantage back to as many as nine with its 8-3 run, but the hosts kept chipping away to set up the late-game drama.
• For the game, CSU shot 31.7 percent (19-of-60) from the field, including 23.3 percent (7-of-30) from behind the three-point line. SDSU was 35.6 percent (21-of-59) from the floor and 31.8 percent (7-of-22) from the arc. The Rams won the boards, 45-37, and converted 20 offensive rebounds into an 18-9 advantage in second-chance points. CSU also went to the line 15 times, hitting 11 of them, as compared to SDSU’s six makes on just seven attempts.
• Clavell led all scorers with 18 points and made it a double-double with 10 rebounds and added a career-best three blocks and four steals. Omogbo had 11 points, including his first collegiate game-winner, and 11 rebounds, while Nixon chipped in 10 points. Redshirt-freshman forward Nico Carvacho had six points and 10 rebounds. Allen led three Aztecs in double figures with 12 points and a team-best eight rebounds.
(See page 21 for complete box score)

• Senior guard Gian Clavell’s driving layup with 3.8 seconds remaining lifted Colorado State’s men’s basketball team to a thrilling 78-77 victory at defending Mountain West regular-season champion San Diego State, Jan. 28. This was the Rams’ first win in San Diego since 2003.
• CSU trailed by as many as 13 with 16:16 to play, but chipped away and got the deficit down to just 1 at 50-49 just five minutes later. From there, SDSU bounced the lead back to as many as six before the visitors were able to tie it up at 64 on a 3-pointer from senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo. The teams were again tied at 66 before Clavell refused to be denied in the final minutes, scoring CSU’s final 12 points of the game, missing just a single field goal attempt down the stretch. The Rams led by as many as four at 76-72 with 1:31 to play, but the Aztecs took their final lead of the game with 10.1 seconds left on a pair of Trey Kell free throws, setting up the late game drama for the victory.
• The two teams went back and forth in the first half, as there were five ties and six lead changes when the Rams took a 23-22 lead. However, the host Aztecs closed the last four minutes of the half on an 11-0 run and took a 33-23 advantage into the halftime break.
• CSU hit 45.9 percent (28-of-61) of its shots, including a blistering 61.3 percent (19-of-31) in the second half. San Diego State finished at 44.8 percent (26-of-58) on its field goal attempts. The Rams connected on 7-of-8 from the three-point arc in the second half to finish 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) for the game while the Aztecs were just 6-of-22 (27.3 percent). Free throws were again a key for CSU, as the Rams were 12-of-14 (85.7 percent) from the charity stripe.
• The Rams were led by their seniors Clavell and Omogbo, who combined for 61 points on the day. Clavell scored a career-high 37 points, including going 11-of-14 from the floor in the second half, and added eight rebounds and two blocks. Omogbo also had a career high with 24 points, including a career-best four 3-pointers, while chipping in a game-high nine rebounds and three assists. SDSU had five players in double figures, led by Mailk Pope’s 19 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 10.5 rebounds a game to go with his 14.0 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 (244)
- 4th in single-season total rebounds (335) / 6th in MW Sr
- 5th in single season rebounding average (10.5)
- 7th in single-season offensive rebound average (2.90)
- t-7th in single-season offensive rebounds (91)
- t-2nd in career offensive rebound average (3.01)
- 3rd in career defensive rebound average (6.34)
- 4th in career rebounding average (9.2 rpg) / 5th in MW
- 10th in career defensive rebounds (407)
- 6th in career offensive rebounds (193)
- 15th in total career rebounds (600)

• 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 19.9 points per game (1st in MW play at 21.2 ppg), having scored in double figures in 22 of his 23 appearances this season, including 11 of 20 or more points (all in MW games) and three of 30+. 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 19.9 points per game is the sixth-best single-season average in CSU history currently and his 66 three-pointers are the 17th most in a single year.
• He also is 11th on CSU’s all-time chart with 131 career three-pointers and 10th in three-pointers attempted with 365.
• Clavell improves from first half to second half in field goal and three-point percentages and scoring. In the first half, he is 38.3 percent from the floor, 36.1 percent from the arc and averages 7.65 points (8.00 in league). The second half sees an increase to 46.6%, 43.4% and 12.26 points (13.22 in MW play).
• In the Mountain West Quarterfinals, Clavell set program records for a tournament game with 30 points and six three-pointers made in an 81-55 victory over Air Force, March 9, 2017.
• 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 12.6 points per game this year (17th in MW), scoring in double figures in 23 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 (2.7 apg), is third in steals (0.9 spg) and blocked shots (0.7) and fourth in scoring (8.8 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 12.6 points per game while Paige is currently at 8.8 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.
• Versus Air Force in the Mountain West Quarterfinals, Carvacho had 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
• He leads the Rams at 54.0 percent (67-of-124) from the field and is third in rebounding (14th in the MW) at 5.5 per game.

Taking Charity
• For the season, CSU is 73.5 percent from the charity line, ranking 47th nationally in free throws made and 65th in free throws attempted.
• The Rams have also made 538 free throws while their opponents have combined for just 582 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 78-31 42-10 32-17 4-4
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 493-560 323-198 154-345 16-18

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
San Diego State55
Colorado State56
February 25, 2017
Fort Collins, Colo.
Recap: Omogbo's late 3-pointer lifts CSU to a 56-55 victory over San Diego State
The Rams rally from a 13-point deficit for the win in front of the largest Moby Arena crowd this season

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