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Mountain West tournament: Colorado State outlasts Boise State to advance

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The third matchup between the #6 seed Colorado State Rams and the #3 seed Boise State Broncos lived up to the hype. After 17 lead changes, the Rams were able to seal the win with a late three-pointer by redshirt senior guard Antwan Scott to advance to the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament.

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The two regular season games between the Rams and Broncos were decided by a grand total of eight points. This one would be decided by seven but was arguably the toughest of the three match-ups. The teams went into halftime tied at 45 and were tied again at 77 with 3:49 left to go in the second half. That’s when Scott took over. WIth under two minutes remaining he hit a key three-pointer, had a defensive rebound and went 3-4 from the free throw line to help seal the game. He finished with 23 points along with four three-pointers to give him a school record 94 for the season.

Scott was anything but a one man show for the Rams. Redshirt junior guard Joe Gillon had 20 points with 11 of those coming in the first half. Gillon also battled through an ankle injury late in the game but powered through to hit a key free throw in the final seconds to keep the Broncos at bay.

Coming off of a loss to end the regular season, the Broncos didn’t seem to be firing on all cylinders. Star redshirt junior forward James Webb III got into early foul trouble but still finished with 15 points. Junior forward Nick Duncan picked up the slack with 23 points and six rebounds. Redshirt senior guard Anthony Drmic also provided a spark off the bench for the Broncos, dropping in 12 points with 10 of those coming in the first half.

The game was not without its share of questionable Mountain West officiating. Both teams finished with 23 fouls apiece and Rams head coach Larry Eustachy received a technical in the first half after a run of fouls by the Rams. By the end of the game, several Rams players had to watch their P’s & Q’s or risk fouling out of a close game.

There is no rest for the weary as the Rams will take on the red hot Fresno State Bulldogs Friday at 9:30pm MST. The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network.