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Colorado State 70 – New Mexico 59

February 11, 2015

There’s not a big storyline to this one.

The Colorado State Rams played their best half of the season at Moby as they ran out to a 35-19 lead and cruised to victory in the second half. They scored the game’s first 4 points, pushed the lead to 11-2 and New Mexico never got closer than 5 points the rest of the game.

It was apparent from the opening tip that the Rams were dialed in defensively as the first attack to the rim by Lobos leading scorer Deshawn Delaney was rejected by Joe DeCiman. The Rams fought hard to get around screens (not an easy task when they arent very stationary), guarded the paint, and stripped the ball repeatedly whenever the Lobos tried to get to the rim. They forced 12 turnovers alone in the first half, many of which led to easy points.

Offensively they came out of the gate hot, making their first 3 shots from beyond the arc. As the shooting cooled off, they attacked the rim. It didnt matter whether New Mexico played man or zone. The Rams were getting good looks and getting to the line.

The second half began much the same way as the Rams ran out to a 23-point lead. A late trapping defense by New Mexico got the lead down to 8 but the game was never in doubt.

With the win the Rams moved their record to 21-4, 8-4.

More thoughts… The entire team from coaching staff on down was on their game in the first half. CSU was well-prepared for New Mexico from the get-go. The substitutions came early and often and had the Lobos chasing the game with only 10 minutes gone.

Daniel Bejarano scored his 1000th point in a Ram uniform. It came on a baseline jumper about midway through the first half. He became only the 3rd Ram to score 1000, grab 600 rebounds, and deliver 200 assists. Its no surprise that his line for this game was 12, 8 and 4.

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