BYU(24-2, 9-2) kept pace with the Lobos as they took down the Rams(15-10, 6-5) at Moby Arena. Jimmer Ferdette had his touch going as he dropped a game high 36 points on 12-22 shooting. It was bit of a rough start for Ferdette who had 4 turnovers and just 2 points before getting a quick seat on the bench, once he came off it was a whole different game. Similar to the first game against BYU the CSU Rams couldn't find their three point touch finishing 4-17 but three of those came in garbage time, the Rams were 0-5 in the 1st half.
Travis Franklin led the Rams with 14 points. Five Rams scored in the double digits; Franklin, Travis Busch, Andy Ogide, Dorian Green, and Greg Smith. The Rams really didn't play poor, they just missed a few to many shots, 40.4%, and couldn't sustain any rallies. The effort was there and while they did give up 92 points if Ferdette doesn't have one of his better games of the season the Rams are right in this one. The Rams actually beat BYU in the turnover game by forcing 16 and only coughing it up 13 times.
Noah Hartsock had a double double with 12 and 12. The Cougars shot 48% from three while the Rams hit just 23.5% and that kept the Rams from getting any closer then ten in the 2nd half. BYU shot a very good 81.8% from the free throw line that also kept the Rams at bay most the game. Ferdette was very good but the rest of the Cougars did their jobs too. The Cougars look to be back on track and ready to hunt down the Lobos.
Next up the Cougars visit the slumping Wyoming Cowboys, losers of six straight, on Saturday. The Rams hit the 2nd game of what looked like an awfully tough schedule when they head to UNLV, losers of three straight. I imagine UNLV will be happy to be back at home and fired up after the loss at Utah.