After six days off, Colorado State didn’t start the game sleepy, but they were quite sloppy. The Rams threw errant passes and turned the ball over six times in the first half while being out-worked on the boards early.
They got it going though, as Colton Iverson and Pierce Hornung started scrapping for rebounds and CSU ran off Adams State missed shots. The Grizzlies made only 26 percent of their field goals in the first half, and the high-energy offense led by Dorian Green turned into a 17-2 run to end the half by Colorado State. They led 41-22, in complete control of the contest.
In the second half, the men in green and gold picked up right where they left off, putting together a 15-4 run by dominating down low; rebounding the rock, blocking shots and scoring at-will. CSU pushed their lead to 30, at 66-36, with 9:15 remaining and cruised to victory Saturday afternoon. The eventually won 80-55.
Green finished with 17 points, while he also had six rebounds and four assists. Iverson also had 17 points with seven boards, while Hornung chipped in with eight rebounds of his own. Point guard John Jackson went wild for Adams State with 17 points of his own, but he was the only Grizzlies player in double digits.
The Rams won the rebounding battle 51-41, a season-high, and worked the Grizzlies in the paint to the tune of 36-16.
“It’s a tough week, it’s just tough,” head coach Larry Eustachy said after the blowout win. “You win a tournament, it’s hard to come off of that, particularly when you go home for Christmas…Tough for me, tough for the players.”
“We’ll get back to who we are and I’m just disappointed in our lack of physicalness…What I do like is that these players will do anything I ask them to do,” he finished.
“I was just trying to be aggressive,” said Green of his 15-point first half effort. “I feel like I can get into the paint, they were pressuring us, and I felt like I could go by when they were pressuring like that. I just tried to get into the paint and create for others and they weren’t really helping out so I had some easy buckets and I just took what the defense gave me.”
With the win, CSU improves to 11-2 on the season, their fifth straight win this year and 20th straight at Moby Arena.
The Rams now look forward to hosting UTEP (6-5) Wednesday at 8 p.m. MT.
Rich Kurtzman is a freelance journalist. You can follow Rich on twitter or facebook for all your CSU Rams news and opinion.