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Sports / Recreation

Rams slip past Fresno State at MW tourney

March 13, 2013

LAS VEGAS -- With Dorian Green - the team's unquestioned leader - out with an ankle injury, the CSU men's basketball team needed somebody to step forward and pick up the slack Wednesday against Fresno State in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament.

CSU guard Wes Eikmeier had a game-high 18 points to lead the Rams past Fresno State.Fortunately for the Rams, several heroes stepped up and the Rams (25-7) held on to win 67-61 to advance to Friday’s semifinal game against host UNLV.

“Coach (Larry Eustachy) challenged all of us at halftime to play harder, more physical and to prove this whole team is something special,” senior guard Wes Eikmeier said. “In the second half we responded and played well.”

Nobody responded better than Eikmeier, who scored 16 of his game-high 18 points in the second half. His 3-pointer with 1 minute remaining gave the Rams just enough breathing room down the stretch to dispatch Fresno State (11-19).

Lots of help

But several other Rams had big games as well.

Sophomore Daniel Bejarano, the Mountain West’s Sixth Player, had back-to-back 3-pointers in the second half when the Rams finally started to pull away after trailing 29-26 at halftime. Junior  center Gerson Santo came off the bench to score 10 unexpected points. And sophomore guard Jon Octeus, starting in Green’s place, had 9 points, 3 assists and 0 turnovers.

“Those guys are the reason we won the game,” Eikmeier said. “We’d be going home if it wasn’t for them. They really came through.”

Green still doubtful

Eustachy said it’s extremely doubtful Green will play against UNLV when the Mountain West’s No. 2 and No. 3 teams meet for the third time this season. Tipoff is at 9:30 MDT, with coverage provided by CBSSports.

“We’ll look forward to playing UNLV with whatever team we can put out there,” Eustachy said.

CSU women play tonight

The CSU women’s team opens Mountain West Tournament action tonight, taking on Wyoming at 9:30 p.m. MDT at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Rams were swept in two game s with the Cowgirls this season.