NCAA in Rupp: Colorado State knocks out Missouri 84-72

mfields@herald-leader.comMarch 22, 2013 

Dorian Green played hurt and played like a hero in leading Colorado State past Missouri 84-72 in a second-round NCAA game in Rupp Arena Thursday night.

It was the Rams' first NCAA victory in 24 years and earned them a Saturday date with No. 1 seed Louisville.

The win also erased Colorado State's memory of its visit to the Bluegrass State last March when it lost to Murray State in Louisville's Yum Center in an NCAA game.

Green, a 6-foot-2 senior point guard, has been slowed by a bad ankle in recent weeks. Coach Larry Eustachy said if Green could handle the hurt, he could be a hero.

Green filled that role like a star, scoring 26 points including three three-pointers and 11 of 12 free throws.

Jon Octeus had 12 points. Wes Eikmeier and Greg Smith added 11 points each.

Colorado State and Missouri both take pride in their rebounding prowess, but it was no contest as the Rams dominated the boards 42-19.

Colton Iverson, a 6-10 senior transfer from Minnesota, had 13 rebounds. Pierce Hornung had eight.

Missouri's big guys — 6-9 Alex Oriakhi and 6-8 Laurence Bowers — had only six rebounds between them.

Colorado State got in a groove from the opening tip, hitting its first five shots.


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Eikmeier hit a pair of three-pointers to help the Rams to a 15-5 lead and they were in control the rest of the way.

Missouri point guard Phil Pressey, who had 27 points and 10 assists in a loss to Kentucky in Rupp Arena last month, got off to a slow start in his return to town.

The 5-11 junior, who was averaging 12 points and seven assists, missed his first five shots. His first points came on an 18-foot jumper with five minutes left in the first half. He hit a three the next time he got the ball, and pulled the Tigers to within 35-29.

But Green answered with a three for Colorado State, stemming a Missouri rally, and the Rams went on to lead 47-38 at the half.

Missouri played its best ball of the night to open the second half and twice pulled to within four.

But Colorado State didn't buckle. The Rams went on a 15-2 run, capped by Daniel Bejaramo's three-pointer, that gave them a 17-point leaad (64-47) with 11 minutes left.

Missouri still had something to show them though.

The Tigers battled back with a 10-1 surge that cut the deficit to seven (72-65).

Colorado State steadied itself, however, and pulled away again.

Pressey finished with 20 points, but was 7-for-19 from the field. He had seven assists.

Oriakhi, who played on Connecticut's 2011 NCAA title team, had 16 points. Jabari Brown added 14.

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337 Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com

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