CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Colorado State men’s basketball team had its 21-game regulars-season non-conference win streak snapped with a 99-90 double-overtime loss to UTEP in the championship game of the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic, Nov. 28. The Rams fell to 5-1 on the season while the Miners improved to 6-0 on the year.
UTEP took an early lead, but the game stayed close through the first 13 minutes before CSU took its first lead of the game at 23-20 on a three-pointer by junior guard John Gillon. From there, the Rams went on a 22-8 run over the final 5:14 to take a 17-point advantage into the intermission. However, Colorado State turned the ball over on seven of its first eight possessions of the second half and UTEP went on a 12-2 run in the first four minutes to make it a seven-point game. CSU slowly built the lead back to 11 with 8:43 to go in the game but couldn’t put the Miners away, as a three with 23 seconds to play in regulation by UTEP sent the game into the first overtime.
Neither team led by more than two in the first overtime with senior guard Gian Clavell’s layup with 21 seconds sent it to a second extra period. There UTEP got the first bucket and the teams exchanged baskets before a pair of free throws by Lee Moore put the Miners up six with 2:26 to go. Clavell canned a three to cut it to a one-possession game but could get no closer in the final minutes.
CSU struggled from the field for the first time this season, shooting just 32.2 percent (29-of-90) from the field, including 12-of-41 from the three-point line. The Rams dominated the glass 73-47, but had 21 turnovers to just eight for the Miners. UTEP also was more effective from the field overall, going 43.0 percent (37-of-86) from the floor.
Clavell tallied a game-high and career-best 35 points and made it a double-double with 10 rebounds, while Gillon had 15 points, three rebounds and six assists. Junior Emmanuel Omogbo had a double-double with 15 points and a team season-best and career-high 20 rebounds. Senior forward Tiel Daniels had 16 rebounds, while senior guard Joe De Ciman had 12 boards.
UTEP was led by Lee Moore and Earvin Morris with 28 points each.
IN THEIR WORDS...
Colorado State Head Coach Larry Eustachy
On Colorado State’s effort tonight
“Our team was challenged at half by the coaches to handle a situation they have not been in and we failed miserably. So hopefully we learn from it and next time we are in this situation, we handle it better.”
On Colorado State’s poor start to the second half
“It was the whole attitude of the team that this was just going to work out, in spite of the coaches telling them that, if they got comfortable, it wouldn’t work out. Again, it’s the players with all new roles from the leadership on down. Our leadership failed us miserably and we just have to get better.’
STAT OF THE GAME...
- The Rams turned the ball over a season-high 21 times and UTEP made them costly, outscoring CSU 23-4 in points off turnovers
- Gillon and Clavell were named to the All-Tournament Team for their play in the four-game event.
- The Rams are now 27-47 lifetime against the Miners
- While the 73 rebounds were a season high, the Rams had season lows in field goal percentage, three-point percentage and free throw percentage
- Senior guard Antwan Scott, CSU’s second leading scorer, sat out due to an injury suffered in the closing minutes against Portland. He will be further evaluated early next week.
- The opening basketball coaches show, featuring men's head coachLarry Eustachyand women's head coach Ryun Williams will be held on Monday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. at Lucky Joe's in Old Town Fort Collins. All fans are invited to join the coaches and get the update on both programs through the first weeks of the season.
• Colorado State will return home to host Long Beach State on Dec. 3 and then Colorado in the annual "Green Out" game on Dec. 6, with the first 1,000 students receiving a free t-shirt.
• The Long Beach State game will air across the Mountain West Network on video steam as well the Colorado State Sports Network, including flagship 105.5 FM ESPN, with Gary Miller on the play-by-play and Brian Roth with the analysis.
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