RAMS WIN SHOCKER CSU routs fa­vored CU 72-58

CSU wins in Boul­der for 2nd time in a row

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Sean Star

boul­der» Not long ago, wins by the Colorado State men’s bas­ket­ball team in Boul­der were un­think­able.

From 1979 to 2012, the Rams earned a road win over their in-state ri­vals just once, a Ja­son Smith-led vic­tory in 2006.

Oh, how things have changed.

CSU’s last two trips to the Coors Events Cen­ter have now re­sulted in vic­to­ries after a sur­pris­ing 72-58 win by the Rams on Wed­nes­day night.

It’s the first time since 1950 and 1951 that CSU has won two straight on the road at CU.

“Y’all thought we were go­ing to lose by 16,” CSU se­nior for­ward Em­manuel Omogbo said, ref­er­enc­ing the fact his team was a dou­ble-digit un­der­dog, “and guess what, we beat them by 14.”

The Rams pulled off the up­set de­spite some se­ri­ous foul trou­ble through­out the se­cond half in a game that fea­tured 55 to­tal in­frac­tions called.

Two of CSU’s best bigs men, Omogbo and Nico Car­va­cho, picked up their fourth fouls mid­way through the se­cond half, while guard J.D. Paige also played with four fouls for a large stretch.

But the Rams still found a way, turn­ing a two-point lead with 10:31 to go into a dou­bledigit ad­van­tage the fi­nal four min­utes, hold­ing the Buffs (5-2) to 32.2 per­cent shoot­ing and just 23.5 per­cent in the se­cond half.

Car­va­cho had his best game yet as a Ram, fin­ish­ing with a ca­reer-best 14 points and seven re­bounds be­fore foul­ing out with six min­utes to play. Omogbo man­aged to stay in un­til the end and had 15 points and seven re­bounds.

“Same thing ev­ery game. If we limit them un­der 30 (per­cent shoot­ing), we’re go­ing to get it, and that’s ex­actly what we did,” Omogbo said. “I’m so proud of Nico and every­body who stepped up. The young guys re­ally stepped up. My point guard, J.D. (Paige), he was out there play­ing. I’m just proud of the guys.”

CSU also go 13 points from De­vo­cio But­ler and 11 from Paige, who made a huge 3pointer with 3:12 to play to give the Rams a nine-point lead.

Der­rick White led the Buffs with 17 points, while Wes­ley Gor­don added 11.

CSU im­proved to 6-1 on the sea­son while CU fell to 5-2.

The phys­i­cal matchup fea­tur­ing two de­fen­sive-minded teams was largely de­cided at the free-throw line. CSU went 26-of-33 at the char­ity stripe, CU just 17-of-31.

Colorado State’s De­vo­cio But­ler drives past Colorado’s Wes­ley Gor­don, left, dur­ing the first half Wed­nes­day night at the Coors Events Cen­ter. Cliff Grass­mick, Daily Cam­era

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