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Men's basketball recap: Rams fall to hot-shooting Southern Miss, 79-58

Greg Smith scored 18 points in the defeat

Greg Smith scored 18 points in the defeat

Nov. 19, 2011

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By Zach Balside
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The CSU Rams couldn't match the Southern Miss Golden Eagles' lights-out shooting performance on Saturday night in a 79-59 defeat at Moby Arena.

Greg Smith scored 18 points for the Rams (2-2), his most since a win against TCU on Feb. 26. But Southern Miss (2-1) connected on 53 percent of its shot attempts, including 10-of-18 (56 percent) from beyond the arc, and outrebounded the Rams 37-18.

CSU was without leading rebounder Pierce Hornung, who missed the game due to a concussion he suffered Tuesday at Stanford.

Southern Miss controlled the game from the onset, and was led by guard LaShay Page, who scored 30 points in 32 minutes on 11-of-15 shooting, including draining 8-of-11 three-pointers.

"We knew he was capable of getting on a roll," Rams Head Coach Tim Miles said of Page's performance. "We kept telling our guys, `Stay in front of him and he'll miss,' and he didn't. It was a spectacular performance."

CSU will have to regroup quickly, as it hosts the consolation round of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off on Monday and Tuesday at Moby Arena.

"We'll practice at noon tomorrow," Miles said of his team's Sunday preparations. "We'll watch film. We'll have plenty of teachable moments in film and then we'll go to practice."

Jesse Carr posted 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting to join Smith in double-figures.

The Rams will attempt to return to their winning ways as they take on Texas-San Antonio on Monday at 7:30 p.m. MT. CSU then plays Manhattan on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. MT to complete the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off.

Tickets, which include a bonus NIT game beginning at 5 p.m., are available for both Monday and Tuesday sessions. Tickets are available online at, at the McGraw Center ticket office during normal business hours either in person or over the phone (1-800/491-RAMS), or at any King Soopers or City Market location in Colorado.




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