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Game notes: CSU faces host San Francisco to open Hilltop Challenge Tuesday

Dec. 26, 2010

Colorado State at San Francisco | Game 12
Dec. 26, 2010 | 8 p.m. MT | San Francisco, Calif. | War Memorial Gymnasium (4,800)

8-3, 0-0 MWC
Last Game
vs. Southern Miss (W, 63-58)
Rank (AP | ESPN/USA Today)
Head Coach
Overall Record
252-198 (16th Season)
Record at CSU
40-66 (Fourth Season)
4-8, 0-0 WCC
Last Game
vs. IUPUI (L, 69-68)
Rank (AP | ESPN/USA Today)
Head Coach
Rex Walters
Overall Record
58-78 (Fifth Season)
Record at Southern Miss
27-45 (Third Season)
Minutes Played/Game
Andy Ogide (28,2)
Travis Franklin (17.3)
Andy Ogide (7.6)
Jesse Carr (26)
Travis Franklin (21)
Adam Nigon (16)
Pierce Hornung (6)
Field-Goal %
Pierce Hornung (.603)
Free-Throw %
Wes Eikmeier (.808)
Three-Point %
Dorian Green (.467)
Minutes Played/Game
Angelo Caloairo (33.3)
Michael Williams (16.3)
Perris Blackwell (6.7)
Cody Doolin (32)
Angelo Caloairo (11)
Michael Williams (27)
Moustapha Diarra (11)
Field-Goal %
Perris Blackwell (.621)
Free-Throw %
Cody Doolin (.806)
Three-Point %
Michael Williams (.500)
Category CSU USF
Points/Game 75.5 65.3
Points Allowed/Game 70.5 71.1
Field-Goal % .482 .439
Opponent Field-Goal % .446 .418
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .359 .364
Opponent Three-Point % .372 .325
Free-Throw % .694 .636
Rebounds/Game 32.9 38.2
Rebounding Margin -0.3 +4.5
Assists/Game 12.5 12.4
Turnovers/Game 13.6 16.3
Opponent Turnovers/Game 15.3 9.9
Steals/Game 7.7 4.6
Blocks/Game 2.0 2.8
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Opening tip
Just two days after returning from three-game tournament in Cancun, the CSU men’s basketball team continues a busy holiday season, this time traveling to San Francisco, Calif., for the the Hilltop Challenge. CSU opens the four-team, round-robin tournament against host San Francisco on Wednesday at 8 p.m. MT. CSU will then play Dominican (Calif.) on Dec. 30 at 4 p.m. and Hampton on Jan. 1 at 2 p.m.

About San Francisco
The San Francisco Dons open the tournament 4-8, but are 4-1 at home, including an overtime win against Colorado on Nov. 20. Since that win, however, San Francisco is just 2-7 and has lost three straight games. Most recently, the Dons dropped a pair of games in the Jerry Tarkanian Las Vegas Classic to San Diego State (62-56) and IUPUI (69-68). On the season, the Dons are led by sophomore guard Michael Williams (16.3 ppg) and sophomore forward Perris Blackwell (11.1 ppg). Also chipping in is junior forward Angelo Caloiaro, one of two players on the team to start all 12 games. Caloiaro averages 9.8 points a game, while leading the team in minutes played (33.0) and steals (11). Blackwell shoots 62.1 percent from the floor, and Williams connects on 50 percent of his three-point shots. Both Williams and Caloiaro have made more than 20 three-pointers (Williams, 27-of-54; Caloiaro, 21-of-56). As a team, the Dons shoot 36 percent from three-point range. The trio also leads the team in rebounding.  The Dons outrebounded opponents by 4.5 per game.  Rex Walters is in his third year as San Francisco’s head coach. He is 27-45 overall, and 1-1 against the Rams.

Rams vs. the Dons
The Rams and Dons will be playing for the fifth time, with San Francisco holding the edge, 3-1. San Francisco won the first three meetings in 1946-47 (45-22), 1967-68 (81-65) and 2008-09 (65-63), but the Rams got revenge last season with a double-overtime thriller, 91-75.

In last year’s game, an Angelo Caloiaro three-pointer gave the Dons a two-point lead with 28 seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession, Dorian Green was fouled and sank both free throws to send the game into overtime. The Rams needed late free throws again in overtime, this time from Travis Franklin. Franklin connected on both free throws to tie the game at 73-73 with 21 seconds remaining. The Rams’ defense kept the tie, and in double-overtime, used a 16-0 run to seal the victory, 91-75.

It was revenge from the year prior, when in San Francisco, Kwame Vaughn hit two free throws with 3.2 seconds left to break a 63-63 tie. Jesse Carr attempted an 8-foot shot at the buzzer, but it fell short, and the Dons held on, 65-63.

The Rams are 0-3 when playing the Dons in San Francisco.

Current Rams vs. Dons
Several current Rams have had success against the Dons, including Travis Franklin, who scored 24 points on 6-of-10 shooting, and had seven rebounds and two blocks in last year’s meeting with the Dons. The 24 points was a career high until last week when he scored 25 against Southern Mississippi in the championship game of the Cancun Governor’s Cup. He also made 12-of-14 free throws. Dorian Green chipped in 17 points and tied a CSU record, playing all 50 minutes of the double-overtime game. Pierce Hornung also made history, setting a freshman record with his 17 rebounds. In two games, Andre McFarland is 9-of-18, including 5-of-10 from three-point range, scoring 24 combined points. Andy Ogide is 9-of-15 with 13 combined rebounds and 22 total points. Adam Nigon scored 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds in last year’s meeting with San Francisco.

Looking ahead
The USF Hilltop Challenge closes out non-conference play for the Rams and gives CSU a couple days to prepare for their Jan. 4 meeting with conference rival Wyoming. The Border War is set for 7 p.m. MT, and tips off MWC action for both programs. 

Rams vs. the Tournament Field
Like last week’s tournament in Cancun, the Rams will travel to San Francisco with limited experience against the field. The Rams have never faced the Dominican Penguins or Hampton Pirates. The Rams and Dons will be playing for the fifth time, with San Francisco holding the edge, 3-1. San Francisco won the first three meetings in 1946-47 (45-22), 1967-68 (81-65) and 2008-09 (65-63), but the Rams got revenge last season with a double-overtime thriller, 91-75. 




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