On a cold snowy night in Laramie the Colorado State Rams were hot and led wire to wire in a 83-73 victory over the Wyoming Cowboys. With a windchill that plunged the temperature below zero and plenty of fresh powder most fans stayed at home.
Both teams kicked off their Conference schedule and Colorado State now improves to 10-5 on the year. Wyoming has struggled all season and now sits below .500 at 7-8. Andy Ogide led the Rams with 22 points and 6 rebounds. CSU held a +10 advantage in rebounding and turned 15 offensive rebounds into second chance points. The Pokes were within three points with 4:30 remaining but a trio of treys sealed the victory for the Rams.
This a rough and confusing loss for Wyoming. After struggling all season with three point shooting they managed to shoot 10 of 24 on three pointers. A usually solid free throw shooting team was just 11/20 for the game. Leading scorer Afam Muojeke spent most of the second half on the bench despite collecting zero fouls. Freshman Desmar Jackson had been impressive recently but only played five minutes.
Arthur Buedo and Adam Waddell were the lone bright spots for the Pokes. Bouedo made his Wyoming debut and scored 15 points including four three pointers. Waddell led the team with 18 points.
Four Rams reached double figures including Ogide with 22, Adam Nigon had 16, Dorian Green added 15 while Travis Franklin scored 10. CSU shot 50% from the field and made 18/24 free throws.
Colorado State next hosts Air Force on Saturday while Wyoming welcomes San Diego State.