Colorado State cruises past Wyoming 78-56
Date posted: March 7, 2013
LARAMIE (AP) — Dunks, layups, layins, jump hooks and short bank shots. Colton Iverson used his entire repertoire and even sank a shot while falling flat on his back. In fact, the 6-foot-10 senior finished 12 of 12 from the floor, tying the Mountain West record for perfection while tallying a career-high 29 points in Colorado State’s 78-56 win over Wyoming on Wednesday night.
San Diego State’s Billy White in 2009 is the only other player to make all 12 of his shots from the floor in league play.
“My teammates did a good job of getting me the ball, wide open in the alley,” Iverson said. “I didn’t have to do much to get my points tonight.”
The Rams, which shot 61.5 percent, had lost three of four but quickly recovered from an early deficit against their archrivals to roll to an easy win and a sweep of the Border War series.
Dorian Green added 18 and Greg Smith had 12 for Colorado State (23-7, 10-5 Mountain West), which tied its season record for victories. Pierce Hornung had 10 rebounds to go with his three points.
Larry Nance Jr. had 16 points and Derrious Gilmore chipped in with 12 for Wyoming (18-12, 4-12), which has lost five straight.
Colorado State, the top rebounding team in the nation, won the battle of the boards 35-11, and Wyoming didn’t get an offensive rebound until less than 4 minutes remained.
“We really focused on getting back to rebounding and playing physical this week,” Iverson said.
Green said the Rams got their swagger back.
“I think we just played a lot looser tonight, just more aggressive,” he said. “When we play our game, we’re just a lot better team and it makes the game a lot more fun.”
Rams coach Larry Eustachy wasn’t surprised by Iverson’s output, which also included eight rebounds and two steals.
“He’s pretty much been doing that,” his coach said. “I thought we took it to another level tonight. We came out in a big rivalry on somebody’s court in a tough situation and I thought Colton was as focused as he’s been all year.”
Nance was Wyoming’s top rebounder with five. No one else had more than one.
“They were more physical than us tonight, and they physically dominated us,” he said.
Wyoming’s Leonard Washington, bothered by a sore back and ankle, finished with three points and one rebound in 21 minutes. He was averaging 13.4 points and 9.0 rebounds.
“Colorado State’s six seniors are to be complimented for their season,” Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt said. “I told coach (Eustachy) last summer when he got the job, ‘You’re gonna love coaching these guys because they play the game the right way. They play it to a high intellect,’” he said.
Shyatt said that with the addition of Iverson, “they’ve just added, like, the coup de grace.”
The Cowboys enjoyed a brief 8-4 lead but Green hit a short bank shot and added a 3-pointer during a 10-0 run, which was capped by a jump hook by Iverson that put Colorado State up 17-10. Smith’s 3-pointer from the right elbow made it 35-19, and the Rams led 47-32 at the half. The margin reached 74-49 after a 10-footer by Green with 4 minutes to go.
Earlier in the day, Luke Martinez, the Cowboys’ leading scorer, plead not guilty to one count of aggravated assault and battery for allegedly kicking an unconscious man in the face during a fight outside a Laramie bar Dec. 30. A trial is set for Aug. 26. Martinez led Wyoming to a 12-0 start but hasn’t played since hurting his hand in the fracas and then being suspended. The Cowboys are 6-12 without him.