Early slow start dooms Rams in loss at Wyoming, 74-66

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LARAMIE, Wyo. Wyoming got off to a hot start, especially from beyond the three-point arc, and Colorado State could not overcome it in a 74-66 Mountain West loss at Arena-Auditorium Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Rams fell to 9-15 overall and 4-6 in MW action, while the Cowboys improved to 6-18 and 2-8 in the league.

CSU was down 19-6 in first six minutes of the game as Wyoming hit first seven three-point attempts to eventually build a 19-point lead. CSU chipped away and got it down to 10 but went into the halftime break down 37-22. The Rams got it down to seven at 48-41 in the second half but got it no closer until the final seconds as the visitors struggled to hit field goal attempts throughout the game.

CSU shot just 42.3 percent (22-of-52) for the contest, including just 31.8 percent (7-of-22) from the floor in the decisive first half and 0-of-7 from the three-point arc. Wyoming was 23-of-48 (47.9 percent) overall but a stellar 13-of-24 from three-point arc. CSU did hold a 33-28 advantage on the boards.

CSU had just two players finish in double-figure scoring, as redshirt-senior J.D. Paige had 16, while redshirt-junior Nico Carvacho had 15 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. Wyoming was led by the Mountain West leading scorer Justin James with 36 on 10-of-14 shooting from the field.

Wyoming finished the game hitting a season-high 13-of-24 (54.2 percent) from the three-point arc while the Rams were just 6-of-19 (31.6 percent).

The Rams will return home for the only meeting of the year with San Diego State on Tue., Feb. 12 at 9 p.m., as the night will be a celebration of the 90s.