Jan 192010
Authors: Adam Bohlmeyer

There is no place like home, especially when you just got beat by 44 points on the road.

The CSU men’s basketball team (11-6, 2-1 MWC) is back home and back in action tonight, four days after being blown out on the road at BYU 91-47 on Saturday.

Even in the friendly confines of Moby Arena, things don’t appear to get any simpler for the green and gold this evening as they host the UNLV Rebels (14-3, 2-2), a team on the verge of earning a national ranking.

CSU head coach Tim Miles said that it should be easy for his team to get back on the court after coming off of such a lopsided defeat at the hands of BYU.

“It’s not hard at all,” he said after practice Tuesday. “It’s something that we are dying to do so we can get that bad taste out of our mouths, come out competing again and prove we are a good basketball team.”

CSU forward Pierce Hornung agreed with his coach and added that the Rams aren’t thinking about the loss to BYU anymore.

“Initially, maybe, but once you get practicing and focus on UNLV, it’s really not that difficult,” the freshman said. “You put it behind you and focus on the next game.”

CSU enjoyed success against the Rebels last year, splitting the season series at one game each, including a 71-69 win at Moby Arena. The Rams are 1-3 against UNLV with Miles as head coach.
The Rebels enter the conference showdown trying to stop a one-game losing skid of their own. The Utah Utes beat UNLV at home by 73-69 last Saturday.

Miles said the Rams don’t match up with the Rebels style of play but explained that it’s just another thing his team has to prove.

“They live off their defense and keep creating turnovers, which is what we don’t do well, so it’s a horrible matchup on paper,” Miles said. “What I think is exciting about it is finding a way to go out against what looks like a bad match up, perform well and find a way to win the game.”

Along with fighting to keep a spot near the top of the conference, CSU is attempting to continue an undefeated win streak at home. The Rams are a perfect 8-0 inside Moby Arena this season, a fact that means a lot to forward Andy Ogide.

“You want to win all your home games and then split on the road,” the junior said. “That’s usually the idea, so we have to get this game. Hopefully the fans come out and support us and we will do the rest.”

Tip off for tonight’s game is scheduled for 8 p.m. and will be televised on The Mtn.

Assistant Sports Editor Adam Bohlmeyer can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

Next Game: CSU vs. UNLV

-When: Tonight
-Time: 8 p.m.
-Where: Moby Arena

-Updates: Collegiansports.com
-Watch: The Mtn.

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