Gian Clavel was declared out for the season earlier this week with a hand injury. He was the leading scorer for a Colorado State team that scores a ton of points. The place they will miss him the most in is on court leadership. The Rams dropped their second game in a row in a non conference tilt against Kansas State. They fought throughout the game, but the shooting throughout was not good. The Rams didn't score for the first five minutes, but Kansas State didn't score much either. By the time the Rams scored a basket it was only 4-3 in favor of Kansas State. The two teams fought back and forth throughout the rest of the first half with Kansas State going into the locker room with a 29-25 lead.
The second half began much like the first with the Rams having another scoring drought. Going 10 minutes without a basket, as Kansas State widened their lead. There were air balls, shot clock violations, and lots of missed threes. The Rams missed 12 threes in a 23 minute span. Despite the scoring drought, the Rams kept fighting until the end. They still managed to score 31 points in the second half. The defense of Kansas State frustrated them, not allowing them to get off clean shots. Emmanuel Omogbo led the Rams with 13 points and 14 rebounds. While the guards struggled to get things going from the field.
This is the first of a neutral and neutral series for the two teams. They will play again next season in Denver at the Pepsi Center. Colorado State hosts USC-Upstate next, while Kansas State hosts North Dakota