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Balanced scoring attack leads CSU men's basketball past Maryland Eastern Shore

Dominic Nedbalski Avatar
November 23, 2016

In what should be a confidence-building homestand, Colorado State men’s basketball knocked off the first of three opponents to visit Moby Arena over the next handful of days. The Rams feasted on the defense of Maryland Eastern Shore en route to a 76-65 victory Wednesday afternoon.

The win improved the green and gold to 3-1 on the season.

Early on, it looked the Rams would be in another tight game. But Larry’s Eustachy crew took control toward the end of the first half thanks to improved shooting. CSU took a 39-31 lead into the locker room at the break.

Eustachy got offensive production from all nine of his active players, four of which reached double figures. J.D. Paige paced the Rams with 13 points, including a team-high trio of three-pointers.

Senior Emmanuel Omogbo, who led the team with 33 minutes, recorded 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Rams got quality bench play against the Hawks thanks to Che Bob (10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists) and Devocio Butler (10 points).

Prentiss Nixon, Nico Carvacho and Kimani Jackson combined for 23 points in the non-conference win.

CSU shot 53 percent for the game, including a season-best 35 percent from beyond the arc. The Rams didn’t settle for outside shots though, as 40 of their 76 points came in the paint.

Rebounds also favored CSU 38-27, as five different Rams hauled in at least four boards.

The Hawks of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference played well in spurts, but could never get quite close enough in the second half to make things interesting.

CSU returns to the court Friday afternoon when they host Southeastern Louisiana. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.

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