Rams with resounding 83-48 win over Wyoming on Ag Day

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. Colorado State used a strong performance on both ends of the floor and pulled away for its largest victory of the season, an 83-48 domination of visiting Wyoming in the second part of the Border War Saturday in Moby Arena. With the win, the Rams improved to 11-16 on the year and 6-8 in Mountain West action, while the Cowboys fell to 6-21 and 2-12 in the league.

Wyoming scored the first bucket of the game and held another brief lead at 5-4 with 16:52 left in the first half, but that would be short-lived, as the Rams put on a 13-0 run over the next 2:50 to take a 17-5 lead that would only get below double digits once the rest of the game. CSU limited the Cowboys to just six made field goals in the first half and built a 21-point halftime cushion, 40-19.

Wyoming got the margin down to 13 at 47-34 with 13:36 to play, but the Rams closed the door with a 12-0 run over the next three minutes to take complete control of the game at 59-34 with just over 10 minutes to play. CSU continued to put a stranglehold on the Wyoming offense, holding the Cowboys to just 35.7 percent (10-of-28) from the floor in the final 20 minutes in pulling away for the 35-point victory.

Colorado State shot a solid 50.0 percent (29-of-58) from the floor, including 43.3 percent (13-of-30) from the three-point arc. Wyoming was held to just 30.8 percent (16-of-52) field goal shooting and made just 2-of-24 (8.3 percent) from the three-point arc. The Rams dominated the glass, 41-25, and handed out 20 assists on their 29 made baskets.

Five Rams scored in double figures, led by redshirt-senior J.D. Paige with 15 points. Redshirt-junior Nico Carvacho was limited to just 20 minutes due to foul trouble but still accounted for 13 poitns, seven rebounds and four assists. Redshirt-junior Kris Martin finished with 12 points, while freshman Adam Thistlewood tallied 11 points. Redshirt-junior Hyron Edwards was the final CSU player in double figures with 10 points and a game-high five assists off the bench. Justin James led all scorers and was the only Wyoming player in double figures with 29 points.

Colorado State's defense held Wyoming to opponent lows for field goal percentage (30.8) and three-point percentage (8.3) this season.

• The Rams will head on the road for its final two road Mountain West contests, starting at Boise State, Wed., Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. MT