Men's basketball recap: Rams outlast Bulldogs for 74-67 win

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State’s men’s basketball team got back to its winning ways Wednesday night, defeating a pesky Fresno State Bulldog team, 74-67, at Moby Arena.

CSU’s backcourt carried the majority of the load for the Rams (22-6, 9-4 MW), combining for 45 points. Wes Eikmeier led the way scoring 18 points followed by Dorian Green who chipped in 16. Daniel Bejarano added 11 points off the bench on 2-of-3 shooting from deep.

The Rams also had help inside coming in the form of Colton Iverson’s conference-leading 13th double-double of the season. Iverson’s 12 points and 12 rebounds helped CSU outscore Fresno State 30-18 in the paint and 13-4 in second-chance points.

“It definitely feels good to get back on the winning track,” said Iverson. “It wasn’t easy, (Fresno State) plays really hard, credit to their coach and players. We knew they were going to come in and be physical. It was just good to come out with a win.”

The Bulldog’s Kevin Olekaibe sparked Fresno State (9-18, 3-11) early in the contest, connecting on his first six three-point attempts. Olekaibe was held in check in the second half due in large part to the defense of Jon Octeus.

“Nobody on our team likes to compete and be in the game more than Jon,” said Head Coach Larry Eustachy. “Jon did a great job of guarding him. Not only Jon, but Daniel. He did a great job of frustrating him.”

After giving up a season-high 91 points last Saturday to New Mexico the Rams returned to their defensive dominance. Colorado State held Fresno State’s leading scorer, Tyler Johnson, to just four points on 2-of-6 shooting and forced 14 Bulldog turnovers.

“We came into the game knowing that Johnson is their leading scorer and we had a way to play him,” added Eustachy. “I think we did a great job with that.”

A total of 5,371 fans saw CSU’s 22nd victory of the season, as the 2012-13 Rams pulled within one victory of the school record set during the 1988-89 season.

CSU returns to the court Saturday, traveling to face Boise State (19-8, 7-6) in a key Mountain West showdown at BSU’s Taco Bell Arena.

“We have a lot of basketball left to play this year and we are looking at it that way,” added Iverson. “We still think there is room to improve and we think we’ll be playing our best basketball when March rolls around.”