Colorado State Picks Apart New Mexico’s Zone, Wins 91-76
Both teams are now 2-2 in conference
The Rams caught fire early and never looked back
Colorado State (7-9, 2-2 MW) scored 91 points against a New Mexico (8-8, 2-2 MW) defense that many had recently noted made a turn for the better.
The Rams, like UNLV, look like they benefited from tape of New Mexico’s zone defense, moving the ball fluidly through the defense (the Rams assisted on 26 of their 32 made field goals), scoring at will in the middle of the zone and feeding the ball to Nico Carvacho for smooth-looking jump shots.
Against the Lobos zone on Saturday afternoon, the Rams came out attacking and firing on all cylinders, hitting 61.8% of their shots in the first half and jumping out to an early 9-1 lead with 17:37 remaining in the first half.
The Lobos closed the gap to 8-11 on a 7-2 run, but the quickness of the Rams back-court, an Achilles’ heel of New Mexico’s defense, would be too much for the big-heavy Lobos.
Colorado State entered the half with a lead of 48-38, and would only extend that lead as the game wore on, going up by as many as 25 with just 1:38 remaining in the second half.
In that time, the Lobos cut the lead by 10 points on three made threes by Anthony Mathis, Makuach Maluach and Vance Jackson, followed by a made free throw from Vladimir Pinchuk.
But the run was too little too late, as time expired in Fort Collins.
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises was that the Rams’ depleted bench outscored the Lobos’ bench 32-15. The difference of 17 nearly matches the difference in the game.
Colorado State: Kendle Moore (8 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds) ; J.D Paige (14 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 0 turnovers) ; Nico Carvacho (16 points, 8 rebounds, 19 minutes)
New Mexico: Vance Jackson (18 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists), Anthony Mathis (16 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block)
Colorado State will challenge Utah State in Logan.
New Mexico heads to Viejas Arena to take on Brian Dutcher’s struggling Aztecs.