Rams tame the Golden Lions in home blowout

Colorado State men’s basketball (2-0) handily defeated the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff Saturday afternoon. The 92-67 victory over the Golden Lions moves the Rams to 2-0 in the non conference portion of the schedule.

After recording 21 assists in Wednesday night’s victory over Colorado Christian University, CSU displayed great team basketball in Saturday’s victory as well. The Rams finished with 21 assists as a team, and all five of Colorado State’s starters recorded at least one assist in the contest. The unselfish basketball allowed the Rams build an early lead, and the home team never looked back.

Six different players finished with double digit scoring figures in the victory, including Nico Carvacho, who paced the squad in total points (18) and rebounds (11). Along with Carvacho, J.D. Paige had a strong outing in his first official game of the season. The senior guard scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting and led the team in assists with six.

Fresh off a 26-point performance in his CSU debut, freshman guard Kendle Moore had a modest day. Moore finished with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, but did hit 2-of-3 3-point attempts. Anthony Masinton-Bonner (13) and Adam Thistlewood (14) rounded out CSU’s group of high scorers in the victory.

While it was an impressive day off for the Rams on offense, what stood out about Saturday’s victory was CSU’s defensive effort. The Rams held the Golden Lions to just 37 percent shooting from the floor, and 26 percent from beyond the 3-point arch.

Following the dominant home victory, the Rams will be off until Wednesday, when Montana State comes to town.