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Colorado State 78 – San Jose State 66

March 6, 2014

San Jose State made their first two shots of the game, both from beyond the arc, and the Spartans jumped to a 6-2 lead.

After that it was all Rams as the Big Three of JJ Avila, Daniel Bejarano, and Jon Octeus had their way with the visiting Spartans on a night when they were going to make sure that seniors Gerson Santo and Josh Morgan were winners on their final night in Moby.

Avila was flirting with a double-double at halftime and finished with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Bejarano ended with 19 and 9. And Octeus played as good a game as he has played in a Ram uniform as he finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocked shots along with 0 turnovers.

Hot shooting by the Spartans from the perimeter (12-25) made the final score much closer than the game played out as the Rams ran their motion offense crisply and efficiently. Sure San Jose State isn’t very good. But this was a Ram team coming off a bye and they played with fresh legs and clear minds and had their way.

And they combined it with their trademark hustle. Jon Octeus chased down a breakaway layup and forced a miss. And with 2 minutes to go in the game and the Rams up by about 16, Daniel Bejarano sprinted the length of the floor to prevent another Spartan breakaway layup.

Those are the plays they have been making all season and when they throw in shooting near 50%, they always wins by lots.

The win moved the Rams season record to 16-14, setting up a great regular season finale in Laramie against the struggling Cowboys.

One final thought…

Tonight was the last time I’ll see this years Rams in person. My wife and I had spent the last two days in Breckenridge but we wanted to make it for Senior Night. Not just because of Gerson Santo and Josh Morgan but because we really appreciate the effort this team gives night in and night out. They honor us fans with their no nonsense approach to the game and it’s the least we can do to pay them back with our support.

I’m hoping the basketball gods give them their just due in Laramie on Saturday and in Las Vegas next week.

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