SAN JOSE, Calif. – Colorado State used several runs and a strong shooting performance from long distance to snap a three-game losing skid with a 91-70 win at San Jose State Wednesday night. With the victory, the Rams improved to 10-16 and 5-8 in Mountain West action, while the Spartans dropped their 16th straight game and fell to 3-22 and 0-13 in the league.
San Jose State made the first bucket and led twice, but a 7-0 run gave the visitors a 12-5 lead that they would keep the remainder of the contest. The margin shrunk to one at 23-22 with 5:47 to go in the first half, but CSU put together 10 unanswered points to build a 33-23 margin and eventually lead 42-29 at the intermission.
CSU went on a 13-4 run over the first 3:35 of the second half to push the margin to 22 at 55-33. From there, the Rams never looked back, with the lead shrinking to no fewer than 17 in the closing minutes and grew to as many as 25.
CSU was solid from the field, shooting 59.3 percent (35-of-59), including 48.5 percent (16-of-33) from the three-point arc. The Rams limited San Jose State to just 43.1 percent (28-of-65) from the field and just 5-of-21 from the three-point line. CSU outrebounded the Spartans 39-28 and also tied a season-high with 26 assists on 35 baskets.
Colorado State was led by redshirt-junior Kris Martin with 19 points, while redshirt-junior Nico Carvachoposted 18 points and 19 rebounds. Four other Rams finished in double figures as freshman Adam Thistlewood posted 16 points, freshman Kendle Moore tallied 13, redshirt-senior J.D. Paige had 11 and redshirt-junior Anthony Masinton-Bonner finished with 10.
STAT OF THE GAME
The Rams hit 16 three-pointers, tying a season high from the season-opening win over Colorado Christian.
• Colorado State has won all 18 meetings, including 13 in conference matchups.
• CSU is 8-0 in San Jose in the series, with this the second-largest margin of victory in San Jose for the Rams.
• Thistlewood and Martin's five three-pointers are a season best for both players.
• Carvacho recorded his 18th double-double of the season and 31st of his career (6th in MW history). It is also his 21st in MW games, tying for second in league history with current NBA star Kawhi Leonard (2009-11).
• Carvacho now has 342 rebounds this season, which is tied for fourth with Colton Iverson (35 games, 2012-13).
• This is the first time that CSU has had six players score in double figures since it defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff at home on Nov. 10, 2018.
• The Rams will return home for the second part of this year's Border War, hosting Wyoming for the annual Orange Out on Saturday, Feb. 23 at noon
• The contest between will be televised on AT&T SportsNet with Jenny Cavnar and Sed Bonner handling the broadcast.
• The game will air across the Colorado State Sports Network (along with online at CSURams.com), with Brian Roth and Adam Nigon on the call.
• CSU Sports Network broadcasts can be also accessed on mobile devices through the TuneIn app (free on all Apple, Android, Windows, Blackberry and Amazon Kindle devices) – once downloaded, search "Colorado St. Rams Sports Network" in the app for the games and coaches' show broadcasts.