Colorado State too physical for Missouri

Colorado State's Colton Iverson reacts after a basket

Colorado State's Colton Iverson reacts after a basket during the first half of their second-round NCAA college basketball tournament game against Missouri. (March 21, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy is known to be demanding. Practices are hard and tough, to the point of being punishing. All that is nothing compared to the toll his players can take on the opposition.

The Rams wore down Missouri Thursday night, knocking the Tigers out of the NCAA Tournament with an 84-72 win at Rupp Arena.

Dorian Green, playing on a sore ankle that had him limping late in the game, scored 26 points, and Colorado State gave Missouri a 42-19 pounding on the boards. Eustachy's team will face top-seeded Louisville Saturday.

Missouri (23-11) is a rare team that has a player who can share the experience of having won a national title at another school. Alex Oriakhi was on Connecticut's 2011 championship team, then transferred when UConn was placed on probation.

"It was something I'll remember the rest of my life,'' he said Wednesday. "I see a lot of similarities as far as team chemistry and the talent we have.''

Colorado State (26-8) has plenty of talent, too, especially with a bruising, big-rebounding front line that features Colton Iverson (four points, 13 rebounds) and Pierce Hornung (six points, eight rebounds).

"He's really emphasizing rebounding and playing tough and physical,'' Iverson said of the accomplished, well-traveled coach.

Eustachy is the only coach ever to win at least 24 games in a season at five different schools. One of those was Iowa State, which he had to leave after dealing with alcoholism.

"That was the best thing that ever happened to me,'' he said. "I recognized some issues and corrected them, and that's what I'm most proud of.''

Thursday night, his team gave him an effort of which he could be proud.

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