Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021
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CSU MBB Recap: Rams Earn A Convincing 78-56 Win Over Boise State Wednesday Night
CSU leads most of the game, led by David Roddy’s career-highs
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – In a battle featuring two of the top three teams in the Mountain West standings, Colorado State built a lead, withstood an early Boise State second-half run and pulled away late for a 78-56 win over the Broncos Wednesday night. With the win, the Rams improved to 12-3 and 9-2 in MW play, while the Broncos had their school-record 13-game win streak snapped and suffered their first conference loss to fall to 13-2 and 9-1 in the league.
The visitors came out and took an early 7-2 lead, but a 9-0 run, capped by a David Roddy fast-break layup, put the Rams up 11-7 with just over five minutes gone. This ended up being the last lead change of the game, as CSU used a strong defense and effective offense to build a 40-25 lead at halftime.
Boise State made a push early in the second half, chipping away at the CSU lead and shrinking it to five on two occasions, the last at 50-45 with 11:36 to go. Sophomore John Tonje canned back-to-back three-pointers for the Rams and the lead stretched back to nine at 56-47. After trading free throws and baskets to make it 60-52 CSU, the home squad went on a 8-0 run over [2:33], capped by a Roddy transition triple, to make it a 16-point margin at 68-52 with [3:53] to go. From there, the Rams finished off the victory with a final 10-4 surge.
Colorado State finished the game at 55.8 percent (29-of-52) from the floor, including 40.0 percent (8-of-20) from the three-point line. Boise State, who entered the game hitting 47.4 percent on field goals, was limited to 38.2 percent (21-of-55) and just 21.7 percent (5-of-23) on threes. The Rams dominated the glass 40-24.
CSU was led by Roddy with career bests of 27 points and 15 rebounds, while sophomore Isaiah Stevens finished with 12 points and 10 assists. Junior Kendle Moore and Tonje each added 11 points in the win. Boise State had two in double figures, led by Derrick Alston Jr. with 20 points.
STAT OF THE GAME
• The Rams got out effectively in transition, outscoring the Broncos 27-7 in fast break points.
• The two teams have been in a battle in recent years, with Boise State holding a slight 14-12 lead in games played, with the having won seven of the last nine meetings dating back to the 2016-17 season.
• CSU leader Niko Medved has an 2-3 record against Boise State as a head coach.
• The 9-2 conference start is the best for CSU in program history.
• This was the fifth time this year that the Rams gave their opponent their first loss in Mountain West play (Fresno State, UNLV, San Diego State, Utah State, Boise State).
• This was the seventh time in 15 games this year that the Rams have held an opponent under 60 points and the first time that Boise State has been held under 60 points this year.
• The Rams are now 9-0 this season (7-0 MW) when leading at the break and 34-6 all-time (22-3) under Medved.
• Roddy’s double-double was his sixth of the season and eighth of his career (tied for 24th all-time at CSU).
• Stevens’ point-assist double-double was the third of his career and just the 18th in school history. His three point-assist double-doubles are the second-most in program annals.
• With his 10 assists, Stevens moved into 17th on CSU’s career assists chart with 241 in just 47 games.
• Roddy’s 27 points are just the fifth time this year that a Ram has scored 20 or more (Roddy has two of them, Stevens the other three).
• The Rams and Broncos will take court again for another key Mountain West matchup in a nationally-televised game Jan. 29.
• As part of Friday’s game, each member of the CSU basketball team is wearing the name of a UCHealth cancer warrior on their jerseys, replacing their own name, to recognize and honor those battling the disease, and in some cases, those who have unfortunately lost their battle.
• All of these UCHealth patients are local residents of northern Colorado. Many are also CSU alumni, as this event started last year in coordination with UCHealth.
• Friday night will be a 9:10 p.m. MT tip on FS1, with Tim Neverett and Jess Settles handling the broadcast.
• The audio will be on the Colorado State Sports Radio Network (along with online at CSURams.com), with Brian Roth and Adam Nigon on the call. CSU Sports Network broadcasts can be also accessed on mobile devices through the TuneIn app (free on all Apple, Android, Windows, Blackberry and Amazon Kindle devices) – once downloaded, search “Colorado St. Rams Sports Network” in the app for the games and coaches’ show broadcasts.
• The game will also have live stats on CSURams.com.
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