The Colorado State Rams (11-5, 2-0) opened a ten point lead at 18-8 and really never let go against the Air Force Falcons (8-7, 0-2). The Rams held a comfortable lead most the night and extended it with full court press and zone defense during the 2nd half that was a surprise on their home court. The Rams really dominated on the defensive end and were the better team all night. Catch the rest after the jump...
The Rams held the Falcons to just 43% shooting while hitting 52% of their own shots. Andy Ogide led all scorers with 13 even with a few mishandled balls on some slick passes that could have lead to more. Ogide added five rebounds. Travis Franklin put in 11, 5 of which came from the charity stripe. Pierce Hornung and Travis Busch played very well on the hustle / defense side of the ball. Busch is looking to be the best defender on the Rams and will draw the toughest assignments once his ACL repair comes full circle. His minutes are still limited but Hornung is growing on me every minute he plays and his minutes are played are matching his minutes earned finally.
The Falcons were lead in scoring by Mike Fitzgerald with 11 but really never looked in control the whole game. At 18-8 the Rams were in control and played it the whole way. The Falcons shot a poor poor 36% from the free throw line... ya know the shots where no one is in your way and your just 15 feet away. Air Force will need to improve that if they want to win any conference games all year.
At the end of the night the Rams played great defense by limiting the Falcons to 48 points and flashed offense throughout the 2nd half to prove themselves the better team.
The Air Force Falcons get a home game against BYU on the 13th while the Rams head to BYU on the 16th for their next game.