USAFA, Colo. – No. 23 Colorado State put in a solid performance at both ends of the court and easily beat state rival Air Force 73-53 on Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena. With their fourth straight win, the Rams improved to a 16-game best 15-1 overall and 5-1 in the Mountain West, while the Falcons slipped to 9-8 and 2-4 in the conference.
The Air Force played the pace they wanted for the first half of the game, keeping it close at 16-15 Rams. However, CSU’s defense intensified and the offense hit shots in the final 5:43 for a 15-2 run that pushed the lead to 14 at intermission, 31-17. The Air Force cut him to 11 with just over 18 minutes to play, but CSU never let him down the rest of the way, extending the lead to 23 in the road win. .
Colorado State finished the game 57.4 percent (27 of 47) from the floor, including 35.3 percent (6 of 17) from three. The Air Force was held just 33.3% (18 of 54) from the field and 34.6% (9 of 26) from the arc. CSU won the battle of the boards, 39-26, and outscored the Falcons 40-16 in the paint.
CSU had three double-digit players, led by a junior guard Isaiah Stevens with 18 of 8 of 10 points from the floor. junior striker David Roddy had a double-double with 14 points (5 of 6 from the field) and 10 rebounds, while junior guard John Tonje added 15 off the bench. The Air Force also had three in double digits, led by Jake Heidbreder with 16.
• CSU shot an excellent 69.6% from the field (16 of 23) in the second half to retire in the closing stages
• Colorado State holds a very definite 86-33 advantage in the series, including 35-18 at Colorado Springs.
• CSU have won the last eight meetings and 20 of the last 22, with the only losses in that span both coming in the 2017-18 season.
• The head coach Niko Medved is 8-0 against the Air Force.
• It was the first time CSU had shot more than 52% from the field since the 24-day COVID break, where the Rams had done so seven times in the first 10 games.
• It was the ninth time in the last 14 games that the Rams held an opponent to 63 points or less.
• For Roddy, the double-double was his fifth of the season and 19 of his career (CSU is 17-2 when he has a double-double)
• Stevens moved to 20and on the CSU all-time scoring list with 1,094 points, edging out Chuck Newcomb (1957-60) with 1,085.
• The Rams will return to Moby Arena for the next two games starting with Nevada on Tuesday January 25 at 7pm (note that the time change has changed from 9pm)
• The game will be broadcast on FS1.
• Audio will be on the Colorado State Sports Radio Network (as well as online at CSURams.com), with Brian Roth and Adam Nigon handling the show.
• CSU Sports Network broadcasts are also accessible on mobile devices through the Varsity Network app (free on all Apple and Android devices).