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Game notes: Rams host Bears Monday night at Moby

Dec. 18, 2010

Colorado State vs. Northern Colorado | Game 8
Dec. 20, 2010 | 7 p.m. MT | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena (8,745)

4-3, 0-0 MWC
Last Game
at 4/4 Kansas (L, 76-55)
Rank (AP | ESPN/USA Today)
Head Coach
Overall Record
246-198 (16th Season)
Record at CSU
36-66 (Fourth Season)
4-5, 0-0 MVC
Last Game
at Denver (L, 71-68)
Rank (AP | ESPN/USA Today)
Head Coach
B.J. Hill
Overall Record
4-4 (First Season)
Record at UNC
Minutes Played/Game
Andy Ogide (26.6)
Andy Ogide (16.7)
Andy Ogide (7.6)
Jesse Carr (20)
Travis Franklin (10)
Andre McFarland (12)
Pierce Hornung (5)
Field-Goal %
Andy Ogide (.636)
Free-Throw %
Wes Eikmeier (.813)
Three-Point %
Dorian Green (.526)
Minutes Played/Game
Devon Beitzel (33.4)
Devon Beitzel (16.3)
Taylor Montgomery (5.6)
Elliott Lloyd (24)
Paul Garnica (13)
Elliott Lloyd (18)
Neal Kingman (4)
Field-Goal %
Emmanuel Addo (.700)
Free-Throw %
Devon Beitzel (.951)
Three-Point %
Chris Kaba (.600)
Category CSU UNC
Points/Game 77.6 75.5
Points Allowed/Game 73.7 68.0
Field-Goal % .495 .450
Opponent Field-Goal % .463 .401
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .385 .438
Opponent Three-Point % .413 .345
Free-Throw % .673 .823
Rebounds/Game 32.1 35.6
Rebounding Margin -0.4 +3.5
Assists/Game 13.7 12.4
Turnovers/Game 14.0 17.1
Opponent Turnovers/Game 15.3 16.1
Steals/Game 7.0 7.0
Blocks/Game 3.0 1.5
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Radio: Colorado State Sports Network
Voice of the Rams: Brian Roth
     Denver: 560 AM (KLZ)
     Fort Collins: 600 AM (KCOL)
Live Stats: Gametracker

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Opening tip
After a nine-day layoff for final exams, Colorado State returns to the court Monday night, playing host to intrastate rival Northern Colorado.

The Rams look to snap a two-game losing streak, and extend a streak of home wins against the Bears to nine games.  Tip is set for 7 p.m. MT.

About Northern Colorado
The Bears are 4-5 on the season, including a 3-0 mark at home, and winless (0-4) on the road, after Saturday’s 71-68 loss at Denver. The Bears have posted wins against Tabor College, Wyoming, Bethune-Cookman and Black Hills State, and have fallen to Arizona, Santa Clara, Valparaiso and at No. 16 Illinois.

The majority of the Bears’ offensive production comes from five players, who are all scoring in double figures: seniors Devon Beitzel (16.3 points), Neal Kingman (13.8) and Chris Kaba (10.8), sophomore Elliott Lloyd (10.4) and redshirt freshman Emmanuel Addo (10.1). Each of the players is shooting above 40 percent, led by Addo (70.0) and Kingman (56.7). Kingman, Kaba and Lloyd are also shooting at least 50 percent from three-point range. As a team, UNC shoots 43.8 percent from long range, and 82.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Head coach B.J. Hill is in his fifth season with the Bears, and first as head coach.

Rams vs. the Bears
The intrastate rivalry between Colorado State and Northern Colorado is the program’s oldest, dating back to the first ever Colorado State basketball game, a 64-15 win in 1901. The Rams have had success against the Bears, posting a 61-35 (.635) record against UNC.  The Rams have won nine of the last 11 meetings. However, the Rams and Bears have split the last four meetings, with the home team winning each time. CSU’s success against UNC can be largely attributed to its performance at home, where it has posted a record of 43-11 (.796). The 43 home wins against UNC rank as the third-most against an opponent. Last season, the Rams fell in Greeley, 70-63, but two years ago in Fort Collins, the Rams handed the Bears an 85-74 defeat. The annual rivalry was renewed in 2004, after the program’s met just twice during the 1990s. 

In last year’s game, Travis Franklin recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Dorian Green posted 13 points for the Rams. Senior Andy Ogide has also had success against the Bears, averaging 10.5 points and six boards in two games. Andre McFarland, who will appear in his fourth game against UNC on Monday, has averaged 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds over the past two contests against the Bears.

Looking ahead
Immediately following Monday night’s game, the Rams will travel south of the border to Cancun, Mexico, for the Cancun Governor’s Cup tournament. The Rams begin the eight-team tournament against Appalachian State on Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. MT. A win would give the Rams a televised game (ESPNU) on Dec. 23 at 8:30 p.m. MT against the winner of the Texas State and Mississippi game. The other teams competing in the tournament are East Tennessee State, Northeastern, St. Louis and Southern Mississippi. 




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