Dec. 15, 2007
FARGO, N.D. - Stuart Creason scored a career-high 25 points as the Rams
made an incredible comeback for the second straight contest, but were unable to handle the Bison in the game that was a homecoming for Tim Miles, falling 83-69 Saturday afternoon.
Creason's effort in the second half was key for the Rams as he pulled down six rebounds and blocked two shots in the second stanza.
"Stuart kept us hanging around," said Miles. "The second half he just steadied us. He is the guy that kind of gets us in line; we are going to need that out of Stu all the time. This team really showed me and us something tonight. We were pretty good in the second half. We had a chance to win the game in the second half. They were just so aggressive.
"The margin of error is just so slim. A missed layup or whatever it might be. Just like a mountain west game, you are going to have to bring it. It is hard to guard away from the ball, we needed to find a way to slow them down."
CSU (5-5) cut a 16-point Bison advantage to just five on a jumper by Creason with 6:24 to go in the game. The Rams continued to battle for the next two minutes but NDSU responded with a 4-0 run to go up nine. CSU's mistakes, four turnovers in two minutes, cost them as the Bison were able to extend the final margin to 14.
Also in double-figures for the Rams was Wills Gardner with 15 and Marcus Walker with 12. The Rams were outrebounded by 10 in the game and finished with 14 turnovers. CSU stole the ball six times and despite not having a single point on a turnover in the first half finished with 16 off turnovers to just 14 by the Bison.
The Rams will finish their three-game road swing at Nevada in Reno Wednesday at 8 p.m. MST. CSU will then play four home games beginning with Colorado Saturday at 7 p.m.
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