CSU Head Coach Larry Eustachy addresses the team in a huddle at Nevada.
Jan. 29, 2014
RENO, Nev. – Jon Octeus poured in 21 points, and classmates Daniel Bejarano and J.J. Avila scored 17 and 12, respectively, but it was not enough to overcome an 11-0 Nevada run midway through the second half en route to a 76-67 road loss at the Lawlor Events Center on Wednesday night.
Colorado State (12-9, 3-5 MW) controlled the action for most of the first half, leading by as many as six points midway through the period before the Wolf Pack (11-10, 6-2 MW) made their first big run, a 9-2 stretch, to take a 33-28 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Rams came out of the intermission and scored the first five points of the second, to tie the contest. Following a J.J. Avila jumper at the 15:43 mark, the game was knotted, 38-38, for the ninth and final time.
That was when the Wolf Pack took control. The Rams were held without another point until a pair of Octeus free-throws at the 13:24 mark, and after the 11-0 Nevada run, the Rams found themselves trailing 49-38.
The Rams fought down the stretch, cutting the deficit to five points, 72-67, on another pair of Octeus free-throws with 1:01 left to play.
But the Rams - shorthanded with Avila, Gerson Santo and Joe De Ciman fouled out of the contest - were unable to get the defensive stops they needed. The Wolf Pack sealed the game from the free-throw line, scoring 16 of their final 19 points from the stripe.
Octeus hit all 12 of his attempts from the free-throw line in the contest, while adding six rebounds. Bejarano posted his seventh double-double of the season (17 points and 10 rebounds), and Avila added eight boards to his 12-point scoring effort.
The Wolf Pack was led by Deonte Burton who tallied 18 points and seven boards. A.J. West finished as Nevada’s leading rebounder, pulling down nine boards to go along with 12 points. Cole Huff (12 points) and Jerry Evans (16) also scored in double-figures for Nevada.
Next up, the Rams travel to San Diego, Calif., for a matchup with No. 5/5 San Diego State. Tipoff between the Rams and the Aztecs is set for 5 p.m. MT/4 p.m. PT from Viejas Arena. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
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