Feb. 14, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Dorian Green hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute remaining and a three-point play with 19 seconds left as No. 24 Colorado State celebrated its first game as a ranked team in 59 years with a thrilling 66-60 win over San Diego State on Wednesday night.
The Rams (20-4, 7-2 Mountain West) matched their win total from last year and extended their home-court winning streak to 27 games.
Green's 3-pointer with 1:03 left gave Colorado State a 61-60 lead - the 15th lead change of the game. After Xavier Thames' airball, Green's three-point play made it 64-60, and the Rams capped the victory with Jon Octeus' breakaway dunk with 10 seconds left.
Green led the Rams with 16 points, the same total that Chase Tapley had for the Aztecs (18-6, 6-4).
The game was tied at 35 at halftime. The Rams outrebounded the Aztecs 22-12 and outscored them by six from the line but San Diego State hit 5 3-pointers with Tapley finding his range and sinking all three of his long-range shots.
The Rams vaulting into the rankings this week for the first time since 1954, when they were ranked for four weeks, reaching as high as No. 18, on their way to the school's first NCAA tournament berth. Back then, Colorado State was known as Colorado Agricultural and Mechanical College.
Fittingly, the Rams honored the program's heritage Wednesday night by wearing pumpkin orange and alfalfa green uniforms with the Colorado A&M mascot "Aggies" written across their chests.
Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton
Download Schedules: Add to calendar
Omogbo Named Mountain West Men's Basketball...
Senior forward with three straight double-doubles in last week's three victories for CSU
Recap: Rams Handle Alcorn State, 80-58
CSU dominates the boards as J.D. Paige tallies a career-high 23 points in the victory
Preview: Rams Wrap Up Three Games In Five Days ...
CSU, currently on a six-game home winning streak dating back to last season, take on the Braves...
Recap: Rams Earn Fifth Straight Home Win With...
CSU limits an opponent to under 40 percent on field goals for fourth time this year
Preview: Rams Continue Homestand Against...
CSU looks to run home winning streak to six when it hosts the Lions of the Southland Conference
Recap: Rams Use Solid Shooting To Defeat...
CSU shoots better than 50 percent from the floor for the first time this season
Preview: Rams Start Three-Game Homestand...
CSU to play three games in five days at Moby Arena, starting with Wednesday's contest against the...
Recap: Rams Put Up Great Defense But Fall At...
CSU limits third straight regular-season opponent to under 40 percent from the floor but...