Jan. 1, 2011
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Hampton’s Kwame Morgan tallied 29 points, none bigger than the final three, as the junior guard knocked down a trey with 0.8 seconds left, to defeat Colorado State, 77-75, snapping the Rams’ six-game win streak.
Colorado State trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half, but fought back to take their first lead, 62-61, with 7:20 left to play in the contest. And with CSU clinging to a one-point lead, 75-74, with 7.3 seconds left, Morgan’s shot all but ended the game. The Rams’ ensuing inbound was deflected back out of bounds and when they got the ball in play, Travis Franklin’s desperation heave with 0.4 left came up well short.
The Rams committed a season-worst 18 turnovers, and the Pirates converted those extra possessions into 23 points.
Five Rams finished in double figures, led by seniors Andy Ogide and Adam Nigon who each tallied 16 points in the contests. Sophomore guard Dorian Green recorded a season-high 15 points, while Franklin and Wes Eikmeier each scored 12 points.
Franklin recorded a team-high seven rebounds and the Rams outrebounded the Pirates 40-26.
Darrion Pellum added 17 points for the Pirates, while Charles Funches and Christopher Tolson each tallied 10 points.
With the loss, Colorado State falls to 10-4 on the season while Hampton improves to 11-3.
Colorado State returns to the court on Tuesday, playing host to rival Wyoming n the Mountain West Conference opener for both programs.