The Colorado State Rams were a rebound away from having a chance to win. A chance to go to 3-2 in conference play and overcome a poor defensive outing. It was a rebound they wouldn't get and the Utah State Aggies locked up a big away win at Moby Arena.
Shane Rector (10 points) missed his second free throw with 8.3 seconds remaining only to grab the long rebound and make his way back to the line where he was able to lock up the game for the Aggies (11-6, 3-3).
The Aggies were not great from the line down the stretch but they shot 50% from the field and 48% from three-point range. The Rams were shooting well but not that well as they struggled for a while with the Aggies zone defense. The Rams attempted 36 shots from beyond the arc hitting 15 of them. It's their second most three-point attempts in a game this season.
It wasn't so much a back and forth game between the two teams as it was a shooting contest between the Aggies guard Charles Smith (35 points, 13 rebounds) and the Rams guard Antwan Scott (33 points, 8-11 three-pointers). Both had a career high in points and at various points in the game it seemed like they were literally going shot for shot against each other.
The Rams (10-8, 2-3) John Gillon dropped in 20 points for the Rams with 15 of those coming in the second half. While Scott and Gillon did their part the Rams bench did not. The Aggies outscored the Rams bench 41-7. Utah State reserve Forward Lew Evans was a big reason for that with 12 points half of which were on back-to-back three-pointers midway through the second half to keep the Rams at arms length.
The Rams will look to stop their two game losing streak Wednesday when they travel to Air Force. Tip off is scheduled for 7pm MST and can be seen on ROOT Sports.