ICYMI: Rams going for 5 straight wins, host Fresno on Wednesday

Tyler Meguire

While Colorado State men’s basketball fans were enjoying their break, the basketball team was making their fellow Rams proud, winning six of their last seven games. If you haven’t been keeping close tabs on the team, here’s what you missed.

Dec. 21 vs. Tulsa

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Isaiah Stevens (4) and Nico Carvacho (32) help up Adam Thistlewood (31). (Luke Bourland | The Collegian)

This game was a wild one to start off the break. It took three overtimes for the Rams to pull out a 111-104 victory over Tulsa.

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CSU was up 31-27 going into halftime and then was outscored 53-49 in the second half. Both CSU and Tulsa were trading blows in overtimes one and two.

Then in the third overtime, CSU prevailed as they held Tulsa to two total points, with nine for themselves. While it was a team effort, Isaiah Stevens paved the way for CSU with 26 points, six rebounds and 12 assists. He also tied the school record for single-game assists.

Stevens’ 26 points are a season-high for the team and a career-high for him at CSU. Kendle Moore scored 23 points and hit a season-high six 3-pointers (6-10 from three and 8-14 from the field).

Jan. 4 vs. Wyoming

Goodbye Cowboys, and hello David Roddy. The Rams were able to handle the Wyoming Cowboys fairly easily. CSU won 72-61 thanks to a strong first-half effort.

The Rams outscored the Cowboys 32-19 in the first half and then were outscored 42-40 in the second half. Roddy put up his then season-high 19 points on 7-11 shooting. This was a breakout game for Roddy, as the very next game he was able to put up 21 points on 7-15 shooting.

The Border War victory marked the Rams’ first conference win of the season. It also was the start of a four-game win streak for the Rams.

Jan. 15 vs. New Mexico

This game was outrageous for CSU, as it was one of the most complete games they have played. The Rams routed New Mexico 105-72 thanks to the biggest thing they’ve struggled with all season: the three-ball.

In the first half, the Rams shot 68.75% (11-16) from three and 56.76% (21-37) overall. CSU outscored New Mexico 56-33 in the first half.

The barrage of threes continued in the second half, with the Rams making eight of 12 (66.67%). Stevens had 19 points on 7-10 shooting (5-6 from three), and Moore had 17 points on 5-7 shooting (4-4 from three).

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Every Ram but Nico Carvacho, Dischon Thomas, P.J. Byrd, Hyron Edwards and Kyle Lukasiewicz made at least two 3-pointers.

The Rams had a solid winter break by pushing their record to 13-7 overall and 4-3 in conference play. CSU defeated Doane University easily with 87-62. The box score showed a close game going into halftime (40-34 CSU), but it always seemed like the Rams were in control. The Rams outscored Doane 47-28 in the second half to put the game away without any question.

The one loss the Rams suffered came from the hands of Nevada. CSU was outscored 39-25 in the first half, and the slow start proved to be their downfall. In the second half, the Rams outscored Nevada 36-28 to finish the game down 67-61. Roddy led the Rams in scoring with 17 points on 7-15 shooting, and it foreshadowed a nice stretch of games for him.

Next game vs. (6-12) Fresno State 

The Rams will host the Bulldogs at Moby Arena this Wednesday at 7 p.m. while promoting Coaches vs. Cancer nightFresno currently sits tied for ninth place in the Mountain West with a 2-5 record, having lost five of their last seven games.

Fresno had totaled 20 or more wins in each of their last four seasons, but this year has shaped up as a forgettable one, as Fresno is on track for their worst season since 2014-15 when they went 15-17.

This game will be CSU’s best chance to end their road losing streak against FSU. The Rams have not won in Fresno since Feb. 18, 2015, when they topped the Bulldogs 81-73.  

Fresno’s best player statically has been freshman Orlando Robinson, who leads the team in points with 13.5 points per game and in total minutes played this season. The center was a three star coming out of Middlebrooks Academy in Los Angeles and has been impactful in his first season in the cardinal and blue.

CSU has also had freshmen step up this year; Roddy has come into the limelight as a dominant physical player, and fellow freshman Stevens continues to grow as a scorer and playmaker.

The Rams will be favored in the matchup with Fresno and will look to solidify themselves in the third spot in the Mountain West standings with a win. 

Tyler Meguire can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @TMeguire