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Rams Seal Border in 83-48 Rout of Wyoming

February 24, 2019

Who says you need $5B to build a wall?

The Colorado State Rams didn’t. All they needed was energy and commitment on the defensive end as they completely shut down the Wyoming attack on their way to the largest margin of victory ever over their rivals from the north.

The Rams said stay out of our Costco, stay away from our Walmart Supercenter, and stay the heck out of the paint unless your name is Justin James.

James is an All-MWC player stuck in a difficult spot. He is a classic 2/3 Hybrid player who can score at the rim, in the midrange, and from the perimeter. He is forced to initiate the WYO offense from the point because the Pokes have no one else.

The Rams were going to make James work for all of his points and defend the rest of the Cowboys out of the game. They threw guards Kendle Moore, Hyron Edwards, and JD Paige at James in an attempt to take him out of his rhythm.

It worked perfectly in the first half as the Rams raced out to a 17-4 advantage from which WYO would never recover. Nico Carvacho was scoring inside at will and crisp ball movement was leading to open looks and makes from the perimeter.

The Rams led 40-19 at the half and only three WYO players scored FG’s.

The second half played out much the same way as the first half. Only James was able to score in the halfcourt as the Rams, after allowing WYO to close to 13, easily pulled away. The defensive intensity of the first half was sustained in the second as only one WYO player other than James scored a FG.

You hear the phrase Team Together used a lot if you hang around the CSU program. This was the consummate effort of 5 guys playing as 1. Rams scored 16, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9. Individual Rams had 8, 7, 5, 5, and 4 rebounds. Individual Rams had 5, 4, 4, 3, and 2 assists. Stat stuffing at its best. Not a result of any selfish play but from simply sharing the basketball. A solid 1.17 points per offensive possession.

James would finish with 29 points and 12 rebounds. It was a fantastic effort by the senior from Laramie but nowhere near enough. The rest of his team were held to 4-28 from the field, a total of 13 rebounds, and a total of 5 assists to go with 9 turnovers. The Rams held the Cowboys to their lowest Offensive Efficiency of the season, yielding only .68 points per possession.

They had built a wall around Moby and scored a memorable win for their fans.

Other Stuff

Nico Carvacho was honored pre-game for breaking the all-time CSU rebounding record. He was presented a ball by none other than all-time great Pat Durham who had set the record 30 years ago.

Carvacho was on his way to a big game until he was saddled with foul trouble that kept him off the floor for 20 minutes. He picked up his third foul early in the second half, then when he returned to the game, he immediately picked up a fourth foul on a retaliatory push after a WYO foul that was called a dead ball technical foul.

It was a dumb play.

And I told Nico so after the game. He was defending Kris Martin who he thought had been the victim of a flagrant foul by Wyoming’s Hunter Thompson. I told him it would have been better to pick Martin up off the floor, then figure out a way to deliver a dunk on someone’s head. He fouled out both of WYOs bigs and would have fouled out another if he had been on the floor more.

Carvacho gets a pass this time though. His intensity led to a curb-stomping 35-point win. As his coach told me after the game, his greatest positive is his intensity and that can become his biggest negative as well. Nico is obviously the straw that stirs the Rams drink and is on his way to All-MWC honors.

One Last Thought

I heard from a highly reliable source that Wyoming brought a broom to their shootaround on Friday evening in Moby. To symbolize a sweep after their victory in Laramie two weeks ago.

They didn’t get their sweep.

But the Rams certainly mopped the floor with them.

P.S.

Dear Coach Bobo,

That’s how it’s done.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Janice Carpenter permalink
    February 24, 2019 12:49 am

    You always tell it like it is, Swoll. 🙂

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