Colorado State Blasts Missouri, Advances to Third Round of NCAA Tournament
The Colorado State Rams (26-8) did the Mountain West Conference proud tonight, absolutely running through the Missouri Tigers (23-11) 84-72 in second round NCAA Tournament action.
The story coming into the game was that both teams entered as top-five rebounding teams. But the Rams absolutely dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Tigers by a ludicrous 36-18 margin.
Colorado State, who advances to face No. 1 seed Louisville on Saturday, was led by senior guard Dorian Green who had 17 in the first-half and led the team with 26 on the night. This was made all the more impressive by the fact that he was bothered by an injured foot coming into the game.
On the glass the Rams were led by their big-man Colton Iverson, who for much of the game personally outrebounded the Tigers, and his 13 boards before fouling out late in the second-half.
It was a disappointing ending for a lost season for the Missouri Tigers. They fell behind big early, trailing by as much as 17, and were never able to complete a run that would get them back in the game.
Junior guard Phil Pressey paced the Tigers offense with 20 points but his slow start, he missed his first five shots, put Missouri behind the eight-ball right from the get-go.
With the win Colorado State advances in the tournament for the first time since 1989 when they also upended another team from the SEC, the Florida Gators.
What can you say about Colorado State. We knew they were good on the glass but that was ridiculous. Kept Missouri from getting a single meaningful rebound.
Seemed they were one and done all night.
Colorado State 84, Missouri 72 (FINAL)
What can you say. CSU took the Tigers to the woodshed, outrebounded them ridiculously and deserved to get their first tourny win in 24 years.
Dorian Green sets a season-high with 26 points. That total is also the second most scored by a Ram in NCAA tournament play.— CSU Rams Gameday (@CSURamsGameday) March 22, 2013
Huge game from the kid. Can he do it against the Cardinals though?
Colorado State 81, Missouri 68 (1:03 Second Half)
Colorado State will face Louisville in the third round. All over but the shouting.
Colton Iverson fouls out with only four points but 13 boards. He also shut down Oriakhi on the glass (2 boards).— CSU Rams Gameday (@CSURamsGameday) March 22, 2013
Colorado State 80, Missouri 66 (1:30 Second Half)
Colton Iverson fouls out with four points and 13 boards. Paced the Rams to their ludicrous 35-16 rebound advantage.
Colorado State 80, Missouri 65 (1:56 Second Half)
The Rams last tournament win was 1989 against Florida...apparently they're good against the SEC in the tournament.
Mizzou gets it down to 7 and the shot selection goes absolutely psycho. Back to 11 and there's no danger here for CSU.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) March 22, 2013
Missouri did themselves no favors. But CSU is the better team. No doubt.
Colorado State 74, Missouri 65 (3:44 Second Half)
Story of the night for Mizzou...close but no cigar.
Oh...Missouri has this down to 7 with 5:05 left.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) March 22, 2013
And I can't figure out how...
Colorado State 72, Missouri 65 (5:05 Second Half)
Big three from Phil Pressey and suddenly Missouri is within seven points. Setting up for a surprisingly interesting finish. Time out Rams.
Colorado State 72, Missouri 62 (5:42 Second Half)
Just a stupid foul by Eikmeier there with Brown taking a tough shot from three. Easy three free throws cuts the lead to 10 with just under six to go.
Colorado State 71, Missouri 59 (6:05 Second Half)
Had Jabari Brown nailed that three...we might've had something here. But like everything else tonight for Mizzou it's not to be.
I'm trying to remember the last offensive rebound in this game by Missouri. CSU controlling this game in every facet.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) March 22, 2013
They have three...in the game...
Colorado State 71, Missouri 55 (7:09 Second Half)
Colorado State just too physical, more hustle on the boards. End of story.
Is defense illegal in Missouri?— Ed Daigneault (@EdDaigneault) March 22, 2013
Possibly. But it seems that rebounding, at least tonight, is a capital offense. Nobody is doing it.
Colorado State 69, Missouri 55 (7:41 Second Half)
Colton Iverson with his fourth foul and he heads to the bench. Missouri has finally caught up to him in rebounds as a team and now leads 14-13.
Colorado State 69, Missouri 55 (8:41 Second Half)
Still plenty of time for Pressey and company but they need to start getting some stops. CSU has stuck the dagger in everytime Mizzou makes a little run.
Colorado State 69, Missouri 54 (9:49 Second Half)
Colorado State led the nation in their plus-12 rebounding margin. But they have a shot to double that tonight.
Colorado State 67, Missouri 54 (10:44 Second Half)
A much needed triple from Jabari Brown gets Missouri within 13 with just under 11 minutes left.
Colorado State 66, Missouri 51 (11:19 Second Half)
Missouri has just 11 rebounds with just over 11 minutes to go. Absolutely stunning.
Colorado State hasn't won an NCAA Tournament game since 1989. But they are absolutely working Missouri tonight.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) March 22, 2013
Taking them to the woodshed.
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