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CSU 66 – Boise State 55

January 18, 2012

The Rams delivered a professional conference home win as they stormed out to an early double-digit lead and never let Boise State get closer than 6 points the rest of the way. They spread the Broncos out and shot them out of the gym, connecting on 7-11 shots from beyond the three-point arc in the first 20 minutes.

The second half featured a lot of the same with a little more of an edge to the Rams’ game on the glass. They had been out rebounded badly in the first half but came out and grabbed virtually every loose ball and 50/50 rebound in the second stanza. They led by about 15 with 5 minutes to go and then calmly killed the game down the stretch.

Dorian Green was sensational throughout, finishing the game with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 0 turnovers. He had a coast-to-coast dunk off a defensive rebound late in the first half on a play where he delivered a shimmy move at full speed on Boise State guard Jeff Elloriaga that sent Elloriaga to the floor with tangled feet. He had a soaring dunk from the wing in transition in the second half and followed it with a dish to Will Bell for a thunderous tomahawk dunk on the next play that brought the crowd to its feet and finished the game.

Kaipo Sabas scored 13 on mostly perimeter shooting, Greg Smith added 10 which occluded a pair of early 3-balls. And Pierce Hornung finished with 10 rebounds, 9 of which came in the second half.

The stat of the game – the Rams had 16 assists on 20 field goals.

Can you guess what the coach might have said at the half?

One thing I happen to love about our coach is that its oftentimes not hard to guess what he might be focusing on at the half. When they showed the halftime stats on the Moby scoreboard, the shooting stats were good, the turnovers were low. But oh those rebounding totals! Boise had something like 29 total rebounds with 15 on the defensive end and 14 on the offensive end. The Rams were at something like 16 (15 defensive and 1 offensive). You just knew that our coach was using the word rebound a lot in his halftime talk. And you could probably guess that the word rebound was preceded by a word that starts with f.

And the Rams came out and owned the glass in the second half with Pierce Hornung grabbing 9 of them and both he and Greg Smith both grabbing tough rebounds in traffic.

Walk-Ons No More

Will Bell has been on scholarship all year. Yesterday Kaipo Sabas went from walk-on to former walk-on status as he earned a scholarship for the spring semester with his outstanding play. He delivered a strong performance last night with 13 points on 4-5 shooting, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.

And both Bell and Sabas have earned nicknames from me.

Kaipo Sabas is The Sleeve.

Will Bell is Sir Dunkalot.

And if you really want to understand what Tim Miles and his staff have done throughout their tenure at COlorado State, all you have to do is see the contribution that the walk-ons have made every year. It began with Adam Nigon and players like Mike Annese and Arin Dunn. Now its Will Bell and Kaipo Sabas.

Contrast that with how a certain highly paid coach in Chapel Hilll, North Carolina sees his walk-on players after the incident at last weekend’s North Carolina game at Florida State.

Professional Officiating at Moby Last Night

I can’t recall seeing a better officiated game in Moby in a long time. The crew of David Hall, Tom O’Neill, and Randy McCall all have Final Four experience. And they allowed the game to flow, calling the fouls that needed to be called. Hall tore his Achilles last season and missed the latter half. He has lost something like 20 pounds and I think he is even better than before. I’ve seen O’Neill a little bit and never really though he was better than OK. He was very good last night.

Boise State and The Mountain West

Its going to be an interesting season for Boise State in their inaugural season in the MWC. They have some nice talent bu they are very young. They have a few upperclassmen but they haven’t seen anything like the MWC night after night. They are tough at home but the road will be difficult for them and last night was just another double-digit loss.

They have a good coach in Leon Rice and I kind of feel for him. He has a team that reminds me an awful lot of CSU in their 2nd and 3rd years. Lots of potential but just not quite ready to get over the hump in a very tough conference. And there aren’t any weak sisters in the league to get a couple of easy wins.

I saw Leon Rice walking off the floor after he did his post-game radio show. I told him “Hang in there coach. It’ll get better.” He responded with something like “Boy, it’s going to be a tough haul.” He knows what he’s up against. Keep an eye on Boise in the second half of the MWC schedule. They’ll be better after their first go-round.

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  1. January 19, 2012 1:37 am

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