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Colorado State 85 – Northern Colorado 69

November 27, 2012

The formula for the upset was there.

A team playing its 3rd game in a span of five days and only a day to prepare for a tricky opponent. The main cog forced to sit out the game with illness. And an opponent with nothing to lose looking to gather a famous win in a local rivalry game.

So when Northern Colorado began the game shooting lights out, grabbed rebounds, and beat the Rams to loose balls to establish a 20-13 lead after just 8 minutes, the upset was very much in the making.

But the Rams crept back gradually, led first by some hot perimeter shooting by Wes Eikmeier and Dorian Green and then some strong inside play by Colton Iverson and Greg Smith. At the break, the Rams had forged their way to a 41-35 lead, finishing the half with some solid defense.

The trend was to continue in the second half as Iverson continued to dominate the paint, Smith scored in the midrange, Green finished at the rim, and reserve Jon Octeus heated up.

In the end, the Rams had more than survived. They delivered a quality win, their 16th straight on their home floor to run their record to 5-0. They had five players score in double figures, led by Green with 19. And an early rebounding deficit was overcome as the Rams showed their strength on the boards with a 38-28 advantage even with the absence of Pierce Hornung. Colton Iverson led the way with 13.

Next up – Evansville at Moby. A solid opponent in an MWC-MVC Challenge Game.

Other Stuff

Who’s gonna stop Colton – Colton Iverson continues to get better and better as the Rams are learning how to run the inside-out game with him. Iverson shot 7-8 from the field on a variety of dunks, layups, and jump hooks with either hand, moving his shooting % to over 60%. He’s also making free throws. Colton recorded his 3rd consecutive double-double with 18 and 13 and made some early noise to be named the MWC Player of the Week for the 3rd time in 4 weeks.

4 – The UNC Bears hustled their way to winning a lot of loose balls. I’m not sure they would have had as many with #4 of the floor. Hornung isn’t just about hustle. He has hands that just grab and hold onto everything.

4’s replacement – Daniel Bejarano received his first D-1 start last night and while not shooting well from the perimeter, still managed to fill up a stat line with his effort over the 94′. And in a remarkably cosmic way, his stat line stood at 4 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 fouls with 4:44 left in the game. I kid you not.

Speaking of 4’s – If you told me that Greg Smith would get 14 and 8 every night from the power forward position, I’d tell you that the Rams will win a lot of games. He’s starting to find his spots in the mid-range, adding to the presence he has been providing in the paint.

Guards – Looks like the early season sputtering from the backcourt is working itself out as the Rams get more comfortable in their half court sets. The ball is moving better and both Dorian Green and Wes Eikmeier are starting to get comfortable with where their scoring opportunities are going to come from. 36 points between them with 12 of them coming from the free throw line. Add the 10 from Jon Octeus off the bench and you have the best backcourt play of this young season.

Streaks – Dorian Green moved his consecutive starts streak to 101 (Should us old folks start calling him Virginia Slim?). The Rams won their record 16th straight at Moby. Colton Iverson delivered his 3rd straight double-double. The Rams won their 5th straight.

Another CRFL win – The Rams surged to the top of the Cracker’s Front Range League standings with their win over the Bears as they moved their record to 2-0. And for the group of three 4-year seniors, they moved their record to 19-4 over local teams for their careers.

One last thought – When are local Ram fans going to stop acting like spoiled children and come out to support this team to the fullest? They play hard, they play smart, they win a lot.

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