Rams roll to a re­venge win

CSU 81, UNC 64

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Sean Star

fort collins» A year af­ter a shock­ing nine-point loss at North­ern Colorado — a re­sult coach Larry Eus­tachy called the worst de­feat since he took over the Colorado State men’s bas­ket­ball team — the Rams thor­oughly dom­i­nated the Bears in ar­guably their most com­plete ef­fort of the sea­son.

Just three Rams from this sea­son’s team played in last year’s 73-64 loss in Gree­ley, but it’s hard not to be­lieve CSU was at least par­tially try­ing to make a state­ment with an 81-64 vic­tory on Satur­day.

For the fourth time at Moby Arena this year, Eus­tachy’s team played sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter in the sec­ond half, turn­ing a one-point ad­van­tage at the break into a 20-point lead for most of the fi­nal 9 min­utes.

Gian Clavell re­turned from a sea­son-long sus­pen­sion and played in a reg­u­lar-sea­son game for the first time in nearly a year, fin­ish­ing with 15 points on 5-of-12 shoot­ing off the bench. But he was hardly the most im­pact­ful Ram.

De­vo­cio But­ler went 7 of 12 from the field and scored a ca­reer-high 19 points to lead four Rams in dou­ble fig­ures. Nico Car­va­cho helped the Rams es­tab­lish an early lead it would never re­lin­quish on the way to his first ca­reer dou­ble-dou­ble with 13 points and 11 re­bounds on 5 of 6 shoot­ing.

J.D. Paige scored 12 points while adding four re­bounds and three as­sists.

Chaz Glotta scored 18 points to pace the Bears, who fell to 3-6.

CSU now has a week off be­fore a neu­tral-court matchup next Satur­day against Kansas State at the Pepsi Cen­ter in Den­ver.

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