Feb. 22, 2006
Fort Collins - Freddy Robinson and Stephan Gilling Colorado State's second half surge to help the Rams defeat visiting TCU, 89-74 in Mountain West Conference men's basketball action Wednesday night.
Robinson, who has scored 51 points in the past four games, had a season-most 16 points, while Gilling matched his teammates total and made 5-of-9 shots behind the three-point line. Colorado State had five players finish in double figures, with Jason Smith and Sean Morris each scoring 13, while Michael Harrison had 12 points.
Rams' coach Dale Layer credited his team's backcourt production in the win, including the play of Robinson, Gilling, Morris, and point guard Cory Lewis.
"Our team does so much better when we get production out of the backcourt," said Layer. "Cory Lewis does a lot for our team. Our offense and defense are so much better with him out there."
Lewis scored only four points, but dished out six assists in 29 minutes of play. Morris came off the bench to score his 13 points, while Gilling scored 12 points - all on treys - in a two and a half minute span in the second half.
The Rams and TCU traded two leads early in the game before Robinson put Colorado State ahead to stay with 16 minutes, 16 seconds left in the first half. Colorado State would widen the leads to as many as 15 points, but led by only six, 43-37 at intermission.
"I thought it was a hard-fought game," Layer said. "The game was not decided until Stephan's threes."
After leading by six at halftime, Colorado State scored the first seven points of the second half, six by Harrison. TCU could come no closer than eight the rest of the way while the Rams twice led by as many as 19 in the final six minutes of the game before settling for a 15-point winning margin.
Smith, CSU's standout 7-foot forward from Kersey, Colo., was saddled with three first-half fouls but managed to take game honors with nine rebounds while Harrison added six. TCU was led in scoring by forward Judson Stubbs, who finished with 18 points.
The Rams were efficient at the free throw line, making 34-of-38 charity shots, 90 percent, and finished the game shooting 53.5 percent from the field, 23-of-43 field goals.
TCU, meanwhile, shot 42 percent from the floor.
Colorado State also held TCU to just l26 percent behind the arc, 6-of-23, while making 9-of-20 treys on the night.
Colorado State is now 14-12 overall, 3-10 MWC, while TCU falls to 5-22, 1-12.
Colorado State is back in action Saturday at Wyoming in the second of two annual Border War games between the schools. Game time in Laramie is 8 p.m., and the contest will be shown live nationally by ESPN2.
Colorado State concludes the home schedule Mar. 4, playing host to Air Force at 1 p.m. in Moby Arena. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-491-RAMS, or on line at CSURAMS.com. Tickets are also available at all King Soopers and City Market grocery store locations throughout the state of Colorado.