Rams dominate the Lobos at home

FORT COLLINS- It’s all about the fundamentals. In Saturday’s 91-76 victory over the University of New Mexico, Colorado State men’s basketball played excellent team basketball and despite missing starting point guard Anthony Masinton-Bonner with an achilles injury, the Rams racked up the assists in CSU’s second consecutive dominant performance against Mountain West competition.

The Rams had 25 assists as a team, and in general, CSU did an excellent job at playing team basketball and not forcing too many selfish shots up. As a result, five different players finished with double-digit scoring totals, including Hyron Edwards (20) and Logan Ryan (12), who gave head coach Niko Medved 32 points off the bench.

Edwards finished 8-of-11 from the field, scoring 20 points, while also adding three rebounds and three assists. Ryan was a perfect 4-of-4 and nearly had a new career-high with 12 points and three rebounds. Ryan previously scored 13 points at San Diego State in 2017-18.

Along with a strong showing from the role players, the starters all played extremely well too. Nico Carvacho had a quiet 16 points and eight boards. J.D. Paige (14) and Adam Thistlewood (16) each contributed with double-digit scoring figures, while also coming down with three rebounds apiece. And although Kendle Moore only scored eight points, the freshman guard had eight assists, including three straight to open up the game.

CSU shot 56.1 percent from the floor as a team in the victory and made 20-of-23 free throw attempts. The Rams will look to carry the momentum into Logan, UT., for next Saturday’s matchup with the Utah State Aggies.