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Rams Succumb to Duke Pressure 89-55

November 9, 2019

Sometimes you have to feel it to truly experience it.

The closed in feeling of a sellout with fans virtually spilling onto the floor. The loudness not just of the fans but the sound system with a bass that a dance floor would kill for. The aura of playing in a building of historical significance in the world of college basketball. A crowd that features college basketball legends,NBA superstars, and legendary comedians. The all-time winningest college basketball coach in his familiar seat.

And then the game starts and you feel it from the players on the court – the only place where it really matters. Relentless pressure over the entire 94′ making it difficult to bring the ball up the court and get any semblance of rhythm on the offensive end. Players who punish you in the open court on any turnover. Players who are physically developed and can push you around if you’re not careful.

That is Cameron Indoor Stadium folks.

Veteran teams have a hard time standing up to it so it was no surprise that eventually the young CSU squad caved to the pressure.

But it wasnt without an extended period of the game in the first half where CSU outscored the home team. After falling behind 11-3 in the games first 4 minutes, CSU actually outscored the Blue Devils 20-19 over the next roughly 14 minutes to get the game to 30-23.

They did it mostly on the defensive end, forcing Duke into awkward shots, turning them over, and rebounding effectively on both ends of the floor. The Rams struggled mightily on the offensive end to get the ball to Nico Carvacho in scoring positions but found ways through aggressive paint attacks to score at the rim or create free throw opportunities.

The game got away from them last in the first half as Duke finished on a 12-3 run and when the Devils opened with an 8-2 run to start the second half, the game was very much man in the boat overboard. Duke guard Tre Jones controlled the tempo on both ends on his way to 15 points and 8 assists and freshman guard Cassius Stanley overpowered the smaller Ram guards at the rim, finishing with 19 points and 7 rebounds.

Bright spots for CSU were Nico Carvacho, who finished with 11 and 9 and fouled out 5-star freshman big Vernon Carey Jr in 15 minutes. CSU frosh David Roddy and Isaiah Stevens finished with 12 apiece, Roddy scoring at the rim and Stevens with 4-6 from beyond the arc.

Yes the Rams were overwhelmed. And it wasnt unexpected against a Top 5 team fresh off a win over #2 Kansas..

All that matters now is how they choose to respond.

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