Colorado State gets a good win over a good opponent. - Washington Post
Despite a last minute burst, Colorado State pulled away from the falcons to notch their 21st win of the season.
Boy, the Falcons must feel absolutely snared. How often do you lose a game when your leading scorer scores 45 points? Give the Rams credit though, Colorado State dominated on the glass and grabbed a total 39 boards in a game that saw the Rams lead the entire second half.
The Rams controlled much of this game, sparking a 14-9 run with 3:47 remaining in the first half to lead 48-40 at the break and then never gave up the lead throughout the game.
In G Mark Lyons last game against the Rams, he laid it all out on the line and scored a career high 45 points on 17 of 25 shooting. How fitting. Lyons led the team in scoring, G Todd Fletcher scored 11 points and had 6 rebounds, C Taylor Broekhuis had 7 points and 2 steals, while F Kamyrn Williams came of the bench and scored 7 points, grabbed 3 rebound and dished out 3 assists.
The Rams took a more traditional route by not having one playing take all of their shots, though if you can shoot like Lyons why wouldn't you? The Rams got little help form their bench and instead saw almost all of their points come from their 5 seniors. G Dorian Green lead the rams with 22 points and 3 assists, F-C Colton Iverson had 15 points and 5 boards, G Wes Eikmeier had 19 points and 4 rebounds, F Greg Smith had 16 points and 6 rebounds and F Pierce Hornung had a double-double with 13 points and a team high 16 rebounds.
Both teams shot relativity the same, Colorado State shot 53.8% on 28 of 52 shooting while Air Force Shot 53.2% on 33 of 62 shooting. A big factor in this game was the free throw situation. Air Force led the game in fouls with 24 while Colorado State gave up only 17. The Rams were 76.5% from the line on 26 of 34 free throw attempts, while the falcons were 58.3% from the line on 7 of 12 free throw attempts.
Both teams are on track to make post season trips, although the Rams are looking up towards the NCAA Tournament while the Falcons are looking at NIT, CBI or CIT.