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Colorado State 88 – Weber State 67

November 17, 2013

A horrible loss at Gonzaga to start the week. A tricky opponent in Weber State, coming off a 30-win season and favored to win the Big Sky Conference this year. The Wildcats of Ogden, Utah were coming off a 9-point road loss at BYU where they had come out a little slowly but managed to get the game back to a 3-point affair in the second half before finally falling.

A Vegas point spread that was the equivalent of home court advantage. A close game predicted by Pomeroy. On paper a game much in the balance that very much looked like it would be decided by a free throw or two either way.

So when the Rams jumped out to an early 9-2 lead it felt promising. But then Jon Octeus, CSU’s best player against Gonzaga, said hello to the bench after picking up his second foul with barely 7 minutes gone. At that point the Rams led 12-8.

Not to worry as Joe DeCiman came off the bench and nailed an elbow jumper and followed it with a 3-pointer to push the lead to 8. The Wildcats of Weber would get no closer as CSU passed, shot, rebounded, and defended their way to an easy victory.

The Rams were led by JJ Avila and Daniel Bejarano, both of whom filled up the stat sheet. Avila finished the game with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Bejarano had 18, 9, and 6.

Those are individual numbers.

The collective number that stood out was 19 assists against only 4 turnovers. Much of that came working against a 2-3 zone that CSU attacked masterfully from both the free throw line area and along the baseline. And it didn’t matter who was doing the attacking. Numerous players threaded passes that created easy finishes at the rim. It was a clinic in how to attack the 2-3. Patient and crisp.

And when Weber tried to man up, they had no answer for Avila who has a marvelous ability to score and be unselfish like an elite point guard. A point guard who just happens to be in a 6’7″ body at 230+.

Larry Eustachy doesn’t like losing. He also knows how to take a loss, even one as bad as the one at Gonzaga, and do what it takes to make his team better. A 20-point win over a solid opponent is pretty strong proof of that.

other thoughts…

Joe DeCiman played his best game as a Ram after looking terrible in the first few games. He provided a spark off the bench that was needed. He ended with 11 points.

Freshman David Cohn struggles a bit on the defensive end but his minutes are needed to keep the floor spaced on the offensive end. He doesn’t need the ball much to be effective. He made two memorable plays yesterday. The first was at the end of the first half. The Rams inbounded the ball with 9 seconds left after a made Weber free throw. Cohn dribbled the ball calmly up court and then took a step-back three from about 10′ beyond the three-point line. Swish. It was reminiscent of Jimmer three years ago who did the same thing but missed. The second play was a drive to the basket in the second half where he threw up a wild, crazy backhanded shot as he was being fouled. Swish. Followed by a made free throw to complete the 3-point play. He had 8 points on only 4 shots for the game.

Freshman Carlton Hurst played some solid minutes off the bench and delivered a pretty wraparound pass to Gerson Santo for an easy layup. It was done confidently.

The play of the game…

Daniel Bejarano missed an open 3-pointer from the left corner in the first half. He didn’t mope. He hustled back 80′ to the other end and stole the ball from a Weber player who was on his way to the basket just a few seconds later. It is the hustle that we have come to expect from Daniel and what I hope to see from him and his teammates night-in and night-out.

Girls, girls, girls…

So I went to the Women’s game against CU midweek. It was a very physical affair that was a lot of fun to watch. It looked bleak for the Rams as they fell behind by 13 late in the second half but they found the heart to fight back and had the ball down 1 with a minute to go. CU made the winning plays in the last minute to leave with. 63-59 victory.

Kapri Bibbs was at the game along with many of his football teammates. Several Men’s players were there including Gerson Santo, Jon Octeus, and transfers John Gillen and Stanton Kidd. It’s awesome to see athletes support each other. And it was awesome to see the Bibbs flexing his guns during the Make a Muscle promo they do on the video board.

One Comment leave one →
  1. ~Shiner permalink
    November 18, 2013 7:08 pm

    Thanks for the update as usual….

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