CSU struggles against Louisiana in Gulf Coast Showcase opener

Colorado State men’s basketball (3-1) was handily defeated by the University of Louisiana in the opening round of the Gulf Coast Tournament Monday. The 91-73 loss to the Ragin’ Cajuns is the first of the season for Niko Medved’s squad.

In the matchup against Louisiana, CSU struggled to get its offense going as the Rams only shot 44 percent from the floor as a team and turned the basketball over 20 times. Things were not any better from beyond the arch either. The Rams finished the game 8-of-24 from 3-point territory (33 percent). For comparison, Louisiana made 45 percent of its 3-point attempts (13-of-29) and shot 48 percent from the floor as a team.

While it was definitely a tough shooting day for CSU, the biggest difference in the game was the disparity at the free throw line. The Ragin’ Cajuns made 24-of-30 free throws and seemingly spent the entire game at the charity stripe. CSU only had eight free throw attempts and made four of them in the loss.

Coming off the bench, freshman forward Adam Thistlewood paced the Rams with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting. The Golden, Colo., native has now finished with double digit scoring figures in three of the first four games of his collegiate career.

Along with Thistlewood, Lorenzo Jenkins had a strong outing with 17 points and 10 rebounds. And J.D. Paige rounded out CSU’s leading scorers with 14 points as well.

The Rams will continue in the consolation bracket Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. The Rams will face the loser of Florida Gulf Coast-Toledo.