The Rams needed to bounce back Wednesday night, and rebound they did.
Colorado State (23-7, 10-5 MW) was led by an insane performance by center Colton Iverson, who tied a Mountain West Conference record by shooting 12-12 from the floor for a career-high 29 points, and the Rams beat their rivals, the Wyoming Cowboys, 78-56.
Iverson impressed in every way and was the unstoppable force for CSU all night long. He scored with a variety of moves: the go-to spin-hook, the power move through a defender, the flop fall-over toss-up and numerous uncontested dunks. Multiple times he finished through a foul, and knocked down 5-7 from the charity stripe as well.
Many times this season – especially as of late – Iverson has been beat mentally and physically down low, and almost always on the road. With Iverson on top of his game, the Rams showed just how remarkable they can be; the big man is a big reason why CSU is as great as they are.
He didn’t just score either, stealing the ball twice and the MW rebounding leader grabbed eight boards as well. On the night, Colorado State dominated on the glass, to the tune of 35-11. Pierce Hornung added 10 rebounds, and Greg Smith snagged seven boards while scoring 12.
Even though it was Wyoming’s Senior Night, all the seniors for CSU enjoyed great games, as point guard Dorian Green set a school record with his 126th start and put up 18 points of his own.
The win marked Colorado State’s 23rd on the season, which is yet another school record on arguably the greatest team the program has ever seen in their 110-year history.
While his four senior teammates were all starters during CSU’s NCAA Tournament year last season, Iverson’s size and strength have created a new dimension and a more efficient offense than they had before.
It’s an inside-out game, in which the guards find Iverson in the post, and the center can either kick it back outside, find a cutter or go to work on his defender.
The Rams pride themselves on rebounding and defense first, but it can’t be missed how efficient they can be in the halfcourt offense.
Without a doubt, the Colorado State Rams are a team to be reckoned with now, in the MWC Tournament and in March Madness.
Their season finale comes Saturday night as they host the Nevada Wolf Pack at 6:30 p.m. Mountain at Moby Arena.