Feb. 23rd, 2013 marks the second match-up between the No. 19 ranked New Mexico Lobos and the No. 24 Colorado State Rams. Since both teams are ranked in the Associated Press top 25, they will most likely be playing in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
In their first match-up on Jan. 23rd, 2013, New Mexico beat Colorado State by the score of 66-61. This game was played at the University Arena in Albuquerque, New Mexico. New Mexico has only loss one home game all season.
New Mexico was led by Tony Snell, who finished the game with 23 points and three rebounds. Chad Adams added 13 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Colorado State had three players in double figures. Wes Eikmeier finished the game with 20 points, two steals and two assists. Dorian Green had 14 points, three assists and two rebounds. Colton Iverson added 15 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
In this game, the deciding factor was New Mexico’s ability to hit 21 out of their 26 free throw attempts (80.8%). Colorado State made only 13 out of their 23 free throw attempts (56.5%). Colorado State controlled the boards. They out-rebounded New Mexico 41-23. Both teams’ field goal percentages were around 37%.
The upcoming game will be a close one. In order for Colorado State to win, they need to shoot better, make a lot more of their free throws and continue to control the boards. New Mexico needs to repeat their performance from the previous encounter with Colorado State. Their defense was outstanding. Colorado State had seven steals. This game will be key for both teams because they are top two teams in the Mountain West Conference.