Colorado State (4-5) went toe-to-toe with the Arkansas Razorbacks (6-1) Wednesday night, and it was all Razorbacks. The Hog’s star player, 6’11” Daniel Gafford, drew a crowd of NBA scouts to the game. He put on a show for the scouts and the fans at Moby Arena, nearly earning himself a double-double with 12 points and 9 rebounds. There was no question that the Rams showed some flashes of good things, but they were out-matched in the contest.
Rebounding provided to be the Achilles’ heel for the Rams once again. They were dominated on the boards throughout the game; and although the Rams were able to see all five starters in double-digit scoring, they were never able to keep pace with Arkansas. Too many second-chance points and wide open passing lanes allowed the Razorbacks to cruise to victory.
It seems that Niko Medved has his first taste of adversity, as the Rams have not been able to find a consistent plan for getting players involved in rebounding. Outside of Nico Carvacho – who was averaging a double-double heading into Wednesday night’s game – the Ram’s looked helpless on the boards. Carvacho was able to grab 11 rebounds, but the team was out-rebounded 32-46 overall.
Carvacho was able to score 12 points, earning himself his third double-double in a row this season. Kendle Moore and J.D. Paige lead the Rams in scoring with 16 points each. Despite the struggles from the field, the Rams shot relatively well from the 3-point line at 47.8%, and the free-throw line at 70%.
Colorado State will look to stop a four-game skid when they take on the Sam Houston State Bearcats (3-6) on Dec. 8th at 2 PM MST.