9:34 PM ET, March 21, 2013
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Colorado State didn't think its NCAA tournament opener against Missouri would go this smoothly.But when shots fall like they did in Thursday night's 84-72 victory, the eighth-seeded Rams believe the rest falls into place.Dorian Green scored 17 first-half points and started Colorado State on its way in a game in which it was rarely threatened by Missouri. He finished with 26 on 6-of-13 shooting, including three from beyond the arc and 11 of 12 free throw attempts.
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NCAA Mens Tournament
LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 21: Phil Pressey #1 of the Missouri Tigers tries to pass the ball against Pierce Hornung #4...(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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MVP: Dorian Green. Phil Pressey was the more heralded lead guard on the court, but you wouldn't know it if you had never seen either team play. Green dominated the position. He played in control and with composure while Pressey was constantly forcing the issue. Green distributed the ball and made sound decisions.
X factor: The Rams dominated the backboard. This had been their strength throughout the season, and it shined in this game. Missouri couldn't get to the offensive glass. The Tigers continued to have empty or one-pass possessions. CSU was the most impressive MWC team of the first round so far.
That was ... a surprisingly strong showing by the CSU faithful: The Rams' fans flocked to Rupp and had a much more boisterous and numerous showing than Mizzou. CSU had a full section in green and gold here at Rupp.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||24-57 (.421)||25-51 (.490)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-23 (.304)||7-14 (.500)|
|FT Made-Attempted||17-19 (.895)||27-33 (.818)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||24 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|
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