Colorado State made their case for being the best team in the Mountain West as they defeated San Diego State, 66-60 on Wednesday night. The win avenges an earlier season loss that the Rams suffered to the Aztecs, and this win also extends Colorado State's home winning streak > to an amazing 27 games.
This was a tight game overall between the two heavy weight teams, but as time was winding down it wsa Colorado State's guard Dorian Green who hit a clutch three-pointer with a minute left to lift Colorado State to victory. Green also had a game-high 16 points and dished out > six assists.
While the three-pointer was huge for Colorado State, the game was won after a Xavier Thames air-ball with 18 seconds left. Green grabbed the rebound with 18 seconds left and drove the other end of the court > and toward Jamaal Franklin under the hoop, then the unexpected happened.
Green ran into Franklin and everyone on teh court expected a charge to be called on Green, but the foul was called on Franklin. San Diego State argued that Franklin was well outside the no-charge zone and an offensive foul should have been called.
Colorado State head coach Larry Eustachy felt a charge call was going to be called:
"I was just waiting for that ref to call a charge and call it off," Eustachy admitted. "It wasn't to be."
San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher did not blame that final call as the reason for the loss:
The Aztecs argued Franklin was well outside the no-charge zone and should have gotten the call. "But officiating is part of what we do," Fisher said. "We had chances."
Green ended up making the first free throw, and on the following miss Greg Smith stole the ball and then saw an open Jon Octeus who sealed the game with a thunderous dunk for the win. This win allows Colorado State to keep with New Mexico in the loss column at two games. New Mexico also won their game Wednesday, as the narrowly defeated Fresno State.