This can only be given to one Mountain West team coming into the new year, and it’s not San Diego State or UNLV. Instead, the Colorado State Rams sit atop the Mountain West Conference, also with a 24th ranking next to their name.
It was a late tip in Fort Collins where the Broncos of Boise State walked in with a 10-3 record. Fans were hoping to lay back before the ball dropped after an exciting Fiesta Bowl victory, and watch Boise pull off the upset against the unbeaten Rams. After a five point lead going into halftime, Broncos fans were buzzing with excitement.
As the second half rolled around, it just wasn't meant to be. Outscored by 11 in the second half led to a 71-65 victory for Colorado State, propelling them to a 14-0 record and 1-0 to open Mountain West Conference play.
Bench players for both teams really stepped up but no player for the Rams, bench or starters, helped Colorado State win more than sophomore guard John Gillon. Scoring 25 points including hitting all four shots from behind the arc that he attempted, he was truly the reason the rams are still undefeated Rams coach Larry Eustachy explained. Especially hitting a three with under one minute left to secure a win in Fort Collins.
Broncos guard Mikey Thompson also racked up 20 points, but no one defensively could stop the Colorado offense. This team is historic. With the best start in school history, the rams will have another good contest on Saturday when they face off against the Lobos of New Mexico. The Rams are my new favorite for the Mountain West crown, and until this offense cools down, they will remain the favorite well into March