FORT COLLINS, COLO. Travis Franklin roared past Colorado defender Austin Dufault for a layup the first time he touched the ball. It was a play the Colorado State junior forward repeated most of the first half.
“We came into the game knowing we had an advantage inside,” Franklin said. “And Andy Ogide and I took full advantage of it.”
Travis Franklin had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead Colorado State past Colorado, 77-62, on Thursday.
Franklin was two points short of his career high and got his second double-double of the season.
“This game was more than just me,” Franklin said. “This was about staying unbeaten at home and playing in front of our biggest crowd of the year (5,293).”
Lawrence High product Dorian Green added 21 points for Colorado State (6-3). Andy Ogide had 13 points and the Rams hit 30-of-39 free throws.
“I agree it was a phenomenal environment,” Colorado State coach Tim Miles said. “I thought it helped us be more aggressive and the aggressor always wins.”
The aggressiveness figured in 12 fast break points, 16 points on 12 offensive rebounds and 13 points on second chance opportunities.
The Rams won for the fourth time in five games and also held Colorado to a season-low 62 points.
“I think our half-court defense, for the most part, was pretty good,” Green said. “Just in stopping their Princeton (offense).”
Alec Burks led Colorado (6-4) with 22 points. Cory Higgins had 12 points, but no other Buffalo had more than eight.
“We lacked discipline, we were selfish, we lacked toughness and we weren’t very poised,” Colorado coach Jeff Bzdelik said. “The only thing you can take from this is to learn and understand why we got our butts whooped.”
Higgins had an off night, shooting 1-for-10 from the field and 0-for-4 on three-pointers. He did hit 10-of-11 from the free-throw line and reached 1,000 points for his career.