CSU loses to Arkansas by 24 at home

Led by its trio of point guard, Colorado State men’s basketball (4-5) used a 14-0 run in the second half to cut into Arkansas’ double-digit lead, but the Razorbacks (6-1) proved to be too much for an inexperienced Rams team to handle. After falling to Arkansas, 98-74 at Moby Arena Wednesday night, the Rams have now lost four consecutive games.

Coming into the game, Niko Medved knew that the Razorbacks wanted to play with tempo and take advantage of the size difference, so the first-year head coach emphasized wanting to make Arkansas execute out of its half court offense. While CSU generally did a nice job of not letting the Razorbacks get out in transition, Arkansas dominated the paint Wednesday, and it made all the difference.

The Hogs had 40 points in the paint, which was 20 more than the Rams finished with. And the Razorbacks also held a significant advantage in total rebounds as well (46-32). Nico Carvacho did his best to keep up with the Razorbacks, but with not a lot of support from his teammates in the post, the ‘Big Chile’ could not make up the difference on the glass.

Carvacho picked up his fifth double-double of the season, leading the Rams in rebounds (11) and adding 12 points as well. The big man fouled out with 3:53 remaining in the second half, which limited some of his production, but against an extremely talented Arkansas front court, Carvacho held his own.

Along with Carvacho, four other CSU players finished the night with double-digit figures. Kendle Moore and J.D. Paige led the way with 16 points apiece, while Anthony-Masinton Bonner added 13 points.

Nico Carvacho backs into the post against Daniel Gafford (No. 10).   PHOTO:   Justin Michael | Rams Report

Nico Carvacho backs into the post against Daniel Gafford (No. 10). PHOTO: Justin Michael | Rams Report