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Preview: CSU continues postseason play hosting CSU Bakersfield in NIT 2nd Round, March 20

March 17, 2017

2016-17 Colorado State Men's Basketball
National Invitation Tournament Second Round
Game #35 - No. 4 Colorado State (24-11) vs. No. 8 CSU Bakersfield (23-9)
March 20, 2017 • 9:15 p.m. MT • Moby Arena (8,745) - Fort Collins, Colo.
Key Game Information

TV: ESPN2 (DirectTV: 209 (HD) / Dish Network: 144 (HD) / Comcast Digital: 28/670 (HD) /  WatchESPN.com)
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 of 13 of its last 16 games, No. 4 seed Colorado State will play in the second round of the 2017 National Invitation Tournament on Monday, March 20 against No. 8 CSU Bakersfield. The winner will play the winner of Akron/UT-Arlington in the NIT quarterfinals on Wednesday.
• Tip off for the Rams and Roadrunners at Moby Arena is set for 9:15 p.m. MT as the game will be broadcast on ESPN2. Roxy Bernstein and Miles Simon will be on the call.
• 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 1,240-1,230 (.502) in 2,470 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 advanced to the Mountain West Tournament Finals for the second time in school history and currently has a 24-11 overall record, including 13-15 in MW play.
• After declining a postseason invitation last year, Colorado State earned its seventh invitation for postseason play in the last eight years.
• From the 2015-16 team, 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 Coaches
• Colorado State Head Coach Larry Eustachy (Long Beach State, ‘79) is in his fifth season at the helm of the Rams and holds a 111-59 (.653) record at CSU and 513-317 (.618) overall coaching record in his 26th season. Last season, CSU posted an 18-16 mark, including 8-10 in Mountain West play, and advanced to the MW Championship semifinals.
• Rod Barnes (Mississippi, 1988) is in his sixth season at CSU Bakersfield with a 104-87 mark and 15th as a college head coach overall with a 289-275 record.

All-Time Against Today’s Opponent
• This will be the second meeting ever between the two schools, as CSU won the only other previous meeting in the 2012-13 season at Moby Arena, 78-58. The Rams are 15-6 all-time against the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), including 12-1 at home.
• CSU head coach Larry Eustachy is 19-4 all-time against WAC foes, including 13-1 on his home floors. This year, his Rams defeated New Mexico State, the eventual WAC Tournament champion, in the season opener.

CSU BAKERSFIELD - 1-0
Home: 1-0
Date Loc. W/L Score Att.
# 12/19/2012 Home W 78-58 2896
# Continental Tires Las Vegas Classic (Home Sites)

CSU vs. Western Athletic Conference
School Overall Home Away Neut.
Cal State Bakersfield 1-0 1-0 - -
Chicago State 1-0 1-0 - -
New Mexico State 4-1 3-0 1-1 -
Seattle 3-5 3-1 0-4 -
UT Rio Grande Valley 6-0 4-0 2-0 -
Totals 15-6 12-1 3-5 -

Eustachy vs. Western Athletic Conference
School Overall Home Away Neut.
Cal St Bakersfield 2-0 2-0 0-0 0-0
Chicago State 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0
Idaho 4-0 2-0 2-0 0-0
New Mexico St. 11-4 7-1 3-3 1-0
Seattle 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0
Totals 19-4 13-1 5-3 1-0

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 513 wins ranks 18th among active NCAA Division I coaches (same standard) and is No. 57 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. Larry Eustachy (current CSU) 513
58. Don DeVoe (five schools) 512
59. Nolan Richardson (Tulsa, Arkansas) 509
60. Hec Edmundson (Idaho, Washington) 508
Jay Wright (current Villanova) 508
62. John Beilein (current Michigan) 507
63. Harold Anderson (Toledo, Bowling Green) 504
Leonard Hamilton (current Florida State) 504
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 - 499).
• 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 513-317 (.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 reached the 100-win plateau at CSU faster than any other coach in school history and passed Dale Layer (103, 2001-07) for third earlier this year.
• Three of his teams have the three-highest single-season win totals in program history with 27 (2014-15), 26 (2012-13) and adding 24 victories this season.
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) 5 170 111 59 .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 58-41 including tournament games.

All-Time in the NIT
• The Rams have participated in the National Invitation Tournament eight times in their history. The best came in 1988, when the Rams finished third in the event, earning four wins in the process.
NIT Record: 7-8 (6-3 Home, 0-2 Away, 1-3 NYC)
Year Oppt. Rnd W/L Score Loc.
2016 CSU Bakersfield Second
Charleston First W 81-74 H
2015 South Dakota St First L 76-86 H
2011 Fairfield First L 60-62 H
1999 Mississippi State First W 69-56 H
Colorado Second W 86-76 H
Cal Quarters L 62-71 A
1998 Minnesota First L 65-77 A
1996 Nebraska First L 83-91 H
1988 New Orleans First W 63-54 H
Houston Second W 71-61 H
Arkansas State Quarters W 64-49 H
Ohio State Semis L 60-62 NYC
Boston College Third Plc W 58-57 NYC
1962 Holy Cross First L 71-72 NYC
1961 St. Louis First L 53-59 NYC

Rams vs. the NIT Tourney Field
• A brief look at the Rams’ record vs. CSU’s opponents and all remaining teams in this year’s NIT field.

School Overall H A N
Akron - - - -
Belmont - - - -
Boise State 10-9 8-2 1-7 1-0
Charleston 2-0 2-0 - - CSU Bakersfield 1-0 1-0 - -
Georgia Tech 0-1 0-1 - -
Illinois - - - -
Illinois State - - - -
Iowa 2-2 1-0 0-2 1-0
Mississippi 1-0 - - 1-0
Oakland 1-0 1-0 - -
Richmond - - - -
Syracuse 0-1 - - 0-1
TCU 11-11 7-3 2-8 2-0
UCF - - - -
UT Arlington 2-0 1-0 1-0 -

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
Mountain West All-Tournament 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
Mountain West All-Tournament Team
Larry Eustachy MW Coach of the Year (media)
MW Coach of the Year (coaches)

National Rankings (Team/Players)
(as of March 15, 2017)
Team (Top 60 of 347 Division I teams)
Turnovers (Fewest) 10.7 19th
3-Pt. Field Goal Percentage Def. 31.1 22nd
Field Goal Percentage Def. 40.4 28th
Free Throws Made 579 33rd
Free Throw Attempts 789 34th
Defensive Rebounds 26.89 53rd
Rebounding Offense 38.14 56th

Players (top 100 nationally)
Emmanuel Omogbo
Double-Doubles 20 8th
Total Rebounds 365 7th
Defensive Rebounds Per Game 7.57 10th
Rebounds Per Game 10.4 13th
Offensive Rebounds Per Game 2.86 71st

Moby Arena Homecourt Advantage
• CSU has a record of 538-216 (.714) record all-time at Moby Arena.
• The Rams are 72-18 (.800) 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 15-5 in 2016-17 at Moby, it marked the fifth time in program history that CSU has won at least 15 home games.
• The Rams finished the 2014-15 regular-season one win shy (15-2) 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 9-6 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 95-29 under the leader when winning the glass.
• The Rams have won the battle of the boards in 21 of their 35 games this season, going 19-2 in those contests.
• Colorado State is +2.5 on the glass in its 35 games with at least one player with a double-figure rebounding total in 25 of 35 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 27 of 35 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 (421-of-1041) in the first half as compared to 45.1 percent (438-of-971) in the second half. When improving, the Rams are 19-8.
• Defensive adjustments have also been evident, as opponents have shot a lower percentage from first to second half from the field in 20 of the 35 games (CSU 14-6 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 +4.1 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 from Feb. 4-28 (7-0 in February).
• CSU is 97-7 (41-3 MW) when leading with five minutes to play under head coach Larry Eustachy and 102-7 (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 94-26 (41-14 MW) when shooting more free throws than their opponent and 97-23 (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 62-17 overall record.
• When the Rams shoot at least 45 percent from the floor, they are 64-6 (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.

Keeping the Possession
• CSU is giving itself more opportunities to score in this last segment of the season through not giving the ball away.
• In the first 23 games of the year, the Rams were turning it over 12.3 times per game and forcing 12.0, a net -0.3 and a 0.88 turnover-to-assist ratio.
• For the last 12 games played (10-2 record), CSU has turned it over 7.6 times per game (down 4.7), forced 10.9 turnovers a game, a net +3.3 on turnovers and a 1.55 turnover-to-assist ratio.

Last Time Out - vs. Charleston (NIT)
• In the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament, the No. 4 seed Colorado State held off a pesky No. 5 Charleston for an 81-74 victory at Moby Arena, March 14. In picking up the program’s 11th postseason win in history, the Rams improved their overall record to 24-11 on the year, while the Cougars ended their year at 25-10.
• The teams exchanged baskets in the early part of the game, with the visitors holding a one-point lead at 30-29 with 5:29 left in the first half. From there, the Rams closed the half on a 13-3 run and entered the halftime break with a 42-33 advantage.
• CSU started out the second half with effective offense and rebounding, pushing the lead to as many as 16 at 60-44 with 12:55 to play in the game. However, Charleston kept chipping away over the next seven minutes, getting the lead down to three at 72-69 with 5:21 remaining. The Rams made plays down stretch, including six straight points by senior guard Gian Clavell final two minutes, to seal the victory.
• Colorado State shot 44.4 percent (28-of-63) from the field for the game, including 33.3 percent (10-of-30) from the three-point arc. Charleston connected on 42.4 percent (28-of-66) from the floor but just 29.7 percent (11-of-37) beyond the three-point line. The Rams were 15-of-21 from the free throw line and won the battle of the boards, 39-36. CSU also took advantage of 11 Charleston turnovers and scored 19 points.
• Clavell scored 22 points and added nine rebounds, a career-high tying seven assists and four steals. Sophomore guard Prentiss Nixon scored 19 points, while redshirt-sophomore J.D. Paige chipped in 15 points, including 3-of-5 on three pointers. Senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo had 12 points and seven rebounds. Charleston had five players in double figures, led by Joe Chealey with 16 points while Cameron Johnson and Grant Riller added 15 each.
(See page 18 for the box score from this game.)

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 20.4 points per game (1st in MW play at 21.2 ppg), having scored in double figures in 25 of his 26 appearances this season, including 14 of 20 or more points (all in MW games) and four of 30+. In MW league play, he shot 42.1 percent from the floor, 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 games, 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 20.4 points per game is the fifth-best single-season average in CSU history currently and his 75 three-pointers are tied for the 10th most in a single year.
• In his game against Nevada March 11, Clavell surpassed the 1,000 career point mark in 68 games at CSU, which is currently at 1,041, while his 531 points this year are the 15th-best single season total in program history in just 26 games.
• He also is ninth on CSU’s all-time chart with 146 career three-pointers and sixth in three-pointers attempted with 406, while his 15.1 point average ranks 16th.
• Clavell improves from first half to second half in field goal and three-point percentages and scoring. In the first half, he is 39.8 percent from the floor, 36.1 percent from the arc and averages 8.19 points (8.00 in league). The second half sees an increase to 45.6%, 40.4% and 12.23 points (13.22 in MW play).
• Clavell averaged 27.0 points per game in the Mountain West Tournament, leading CSU to the championship game and earning All-Tournament Team honors.
• 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.
• In the Mountain West title game, Clavell matched his output from the quarterfinals with 30 points against Nevada.
• 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.

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 11th nationally at 10.4 rebounds a game to go with his 13.9 points a contest (11th in MW) and league-high 20 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 20 total just took over the school record for a single season (18-Jason Smith, 2006-07)
• This year, Omogbo ranks in the CSU record book in:
- 1st in single-season defensive rebound average (7.57)
- 1st in single-season defensive rebounds (265)
- 2nd in single-season total rebounds (365) /4th in MW Sr
- 6th in single season rebounding average (10.4)
- 9th in single-season offensive rebound average (2.85)
- 5th in single-season offensive rebounds (100)
- t-2nd in career offensive rebound average (2.97)
- 3rd in career defensive rebound average (6.29)
- 4th in career rebounding average (9.3 rpg) / 5th in MW
- 9th in career defensive rebounds (428)
- 5th in career offensive rebounds (202)
- 13th in total career rebounds (630)

• 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 28 double-doubles, which is eighth all-time in MW career (#1 among 2-yr players).

Nixon Does It All
• Sophomore Prentiss Nixon has become an integral part of the CSU lineup this season.
• The guard has averaged 13.2 points per game this year (14th in MW), scoring in double figures in 26 games, including a current streak of nine straight
• In all MW contests, he averaged 13.3 points per game - 17th in regular-season 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 35 charges/offensive fouls this season and creating 27 steals, fourth on the team.
• In the Mountain West Tournament, Nixon averaged 14.7 points per game, earning All-Tournament honors.
• Against Nevada in the MW championship, Nixon scored 23 points, including tying the school record for a MW Tournament game with six three-pointers.

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 13.2 points per game while Paige is currently at 8.9 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.
• 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 53.8 percent (71-of-132) from the field and is third in rebounding (13th in the MW) at 5.5 per game.

Taking Charity
• For the season, CSU is 73.4 percent from the charity line, ranking 33rd nationally in free throws made and 34th in free throws attempted.
• The Rams have also made 579 free throws while their opponents have combined for just 643 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.

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
CSU Bakersfield58
Colorado State78
December 19, 2012
Fort Collins, Colo.
Men's basketball recap: Rams pull away late from Roadrunners
The Colorado State Rams (8-2) extended its home winning streak to 19 games, defeating the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners, 78-58, on Wednesday night.

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