A softer touch is all that separated Colorado State (12-10, 4-5) from overtime with Mountain West leading San Diego State (17-6, 10-0) on Tuesday night. Like many of the Rams games this year it just wasn't meant to be and they fall to the Aztecs, 69-67, at Viejas Arena.
With only five seconds remaining, redshirt junior guard Joe Gillon (7 points) took Aztecs Winston Shepard's (14 points) missed free throw the length of the court only to miss an open layup that could have pushed the game to overtime.
Moments earlier, with a chance to tie the game, true freshman point guard Prentiss Nixon (15 points) dribbled the ball off his leg handing the ball over to the Aztecs who were able to seal up their tenth straight win.
Nixon was making his first career start and helped the Rams get off to a fantastic start. Mixon hit three three-pointers to help the Rams to a 25-15 lead with eight minutes left in the first half. That matched the biggest deficit the Aztecs had faced all season.
After a timeout, the Aztecs showed why they are one of the best defensive basketball teams in the entire country. They didn't allow another basket from the field for the rest of the half and were able to take a 32-28 lead into halftime.
The second half proceeded to be a back and forth game with the Rams taking a 65-62 lead on back to back three-pointers by senior guard Joe Di Ciman (17 points) and redshirt senior guard Antwan Scott (12 points) with 2:38 remaining. The Aztecs would score the next five points while shutting the Rams to claim their 160th consecutive win while leading with five minutes remaining.
The Rams will look to break their three game losing streak Saturday as they welcome the Nevada Wolfpack to Moby Arena. Tip off is scheduled for 2pm MST and can been seen on CampusInsiders.com or MW.com.