Colorado State 79 – Air Force 40
Three possessions into the game and Air Force had scored on three consecutive layups.
A quick timeout by Coach Larry Eustachy to get the Rams defensive heads on straight. And boy did they get them on straight as they held Air Force to less than 33% shooting the remaining 38 minutes.
And while taking care of business on the defensive end, the Rams put on a virtuoso clinic on the offensive end with mesmerizing ball movement that led to layup after layup with the occasional 3-ball thrown in. 10 assists on 13 made hoops in the first half and the Rams were well on their way as they went into the break leading 34-19.
The onslaught was to continue in the second half as Wes Eikmeier heated up from the perimeter to add to the dominance in the paint. With 6 and a half minutes remaining the Rams led 73-36 and the starters were all on the bench making for some pretty extended garbage time.
The Rams would finish the game with 20 assists on 28 made baskets and a 40-19 advantage on the boards. They also forced a season high 19 turnovers by Air Force.
Any thoughts of a letdown after a tough loss at San Diego State on Saturday or the pressure of trying to set a school record for consecutive road wins were easily dispelled.
I’m not sure there’s a team in the country that would have beaten CSU tonight.
23 and counting – Gotta admit I was a little nervous for the team tonight as they went for their 23rd straight at homeI didnt think it was a good omen when I grabbed my tickets and saw Trevor Williams’ picture on them; Williams left the program last month with back issues. I also forgot to grab my good luck cap before I walked out the door. I was ready to take the blame if the team lost. They didn’t.
Other streaks – Dorian Green started his 113th consecutive game in a CSU shirt. Pierce Hornung’s streak of double digit rebound games ended when he grabbed only 9. And referee Dan Chrisman kept alive his streak of not refereeing a good game in the 21st century. At least he didn’t nod off during the game like I saw him do at UNC a few years ago.