The game plan against Colorado State and, more specifically, its 6-foot-10 center Colton Iverson, was the same as it was the first two times Fresno State came up against them.
When he had the ball in the post, trap, and see if they could force him to pass out of the doubles or get him into foul trouble and off the floor for stretches. The Bulldogs did not have much success with that during the regular season — Iverson had double-doubles in both games, with 11 points and 13 rebounds in the game at the Save Mart Center and 12 and 12 when they played in Fort Collins, Colo.
It was different, but didn’t make a difference in the end result for Fresno State in a 67-61 loss to the Rams in the quarterfinal round of the Mountain West Tournament, Iverson scoring only seven points with five rebounds while spending extended periods on the bench in foul trouble. He played only 23 minutes, after averaging 31.4 in conference play.
“He’s a load to slow down, to begin with,” coach Rodney Terry said. “We pretty much had the same type of defensive set that we wanted to work with. We work with the baseline trap coming mostly from out guards, perimeter players, hoping to pick up a charge and get him off the floor. We know they’re a different team with him not being on the floor.
“We were able to do that early in this ball game, got him off the floor early. But I’ll give him a lot of credit. He’s one of the best big man passers, not only in our league, but in the country. He finds guys.”
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