Nov 112004
 
Authors: Jon Pilsner

When you have to play against three players who are seven feet

or taller, it’s always going to be a little difficult.

But when your tallest player is only 6 feet 9 inches, it gets

even tougher.

That’s the advantage the CSU men’s basketball team enjoyed in a

90-66 win Thursday night over visiting CSU-Pueblo before 2,511 at

Moby Arena in the last exhibition game before the regular season

starts.

“We had energy, we had better effort, better legs,” said head

coach Dale Layer. “We want to play at an upbeat tempo but with

solid ball control.”

On the evening, the Rams shot 62.5 percent from the field. Matt

Williams led CSU with 20 points, and Matt Nelson chipped in 15 in

the win.

The Rams started with the hot hand in the first half, jumping

out to a 45-36 lead while shooting 67.9 percent from the field and

limiting CSU-Pueblo to only 40 percent. CSU-Pueblo, undersized on

the inside against the Rams, were forced to take many shots from

outside and behind the three-point line. More than half of the

Thunderwolves first half shots were from behind the arc.

Total, CSU-Pueblo made 10 3-point shots, almost half of their

total field goals. The Rams dominated points in the paint, however,

outscoring CSU-Pueblo 49 to XX.

In the first half, CSU came out at a high tempo, but was sloppy

with the ball, committing 13 turnovers. The Rams shot well, though,

and took a 45-36 lead into halftime.

“We were in too much of a hurry early on.” Layer said. “We were

not relaxed and poised.”

But, CSU began to pull away from the Thunderwolves in the second

half, jumping out to a 64-49 lead. CSU-Pueblo would cut the lead to

9 midway through the half, but CSU quickly increased the lead 77-55

with just over 7 minutes in the game.

The Rams would not look back from there.

“I thought in the second half we played at a more relaxed pace,”

Layer said.

Freshman guard Sean Morris saw significant playing time,

recording 12 points in 21 minutes. He added 2 assists and. Morris

played the game at the point, a position he has never played

before. Injuries to Andrew Patterson, Dwight Boatner, and Freddy

Robinson has forced Morris to adapt at the point.

“I’ll play every get on the floor,” Morris said. “I’m trying to

make myself prepared, working on ball handling and shooting.”

Layer was impressed with the team’s victory, but said there were

things that needed to be improved.

“(The defense) was much better, but we still have a long ways to

go,” Layer said.

CSU will start of the regular season Nov. 20 against Regis. That

game will be held at Moby at 7 p.m.

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