The Magnificent Seven of the Colorado State Rams (21-9, MW 13-4) do it again. I’m gonna let the last 20 seconds speak for themselves.
The Rams almost pulled a San Diego State (no offense Aztec fans). Up by 16 at one point, the Rams did almost all they could to give this game to the Wyoming Cowboys (17-13, MW 7-10). Both teams came out hot, CSU hit seven straight shots at one point, and Wyoming was able to weather whatever CSU threw at them.
Prentiss Nixon was the player of the game for the Rams, not only for the last shot, but for his overall effort. He was on fire in the first half going 8-10 from the field with 18 points. His effort on the defensive end, while not the best, helped a lot. Nixon finished with 23 points, only hitting 2 shots in the second half.
Nico Carvacho is going to be a big factor for the Rams these next 3 years. All year long he has continued to develop. He finished tonight with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Seniors Gian Clavell and Emmanuel Omogbo gave it their all on senior night. Omogbo had 13 points and 12 rebounds, to set the Mountain West record with 13 conference double-doubles. He has 18 overall. Clavell once again attempted to put the team on his back. He finished with 17 points before fouling out in the last minute of play on a ticky-tack call.
You have to give credit to the Wyoming Cowboys, they played their asses off this game. They didn’t let the fact that they were down by double digits for most of the game get to them. They played their game and let the game come to them.
Justin James finished with 24 points and was the Cowboys player of the game. He, along with Hayden Dalton, who finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, led the comeback for the Cowboys. Still a surprise to me that these two come off the bench.
This was a game that will go down in Border War history. And it was a fantastic game of basketball for fans to watch.
The Rams now head to Reno, Nevada, to play the Wolf Pack for the outright MW championship. This game will be interesting as it will be the Battle of the Short Bench, as Nevada has used a seven-man rotation for the majority of the year. Wyoming will host San Jose State.
CSU vs Nevada, Saturday 6 pm MT, on ESPN3. SJSU vs Wyoming, Saturday 2pm MT, on the MW Network.