Staring down the prospect of its first home loss of the season at Moby Arena, the Colorado State men’s basketball team responded.
The Rams rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit, then turned on the defense in a back-and-forth battle with Nevada for a 77-66 victory Tuesday night.
The win moved the Rams (16-1, 6-1 Mountain West) to 10-0 at Moby this season, and kept them within a game of first-place Boise State (16-4, 7-0) in a highly competitive Mountain West Conference race.
Isaiah Stevens led the second-half charge for CSU, with the junior guard scoring 14 of his 16 points in the game’s final 20 minutes, including a pair of 3-pointers. David Roddy had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Chandler Jacobs had 14 points and five rebounds.
Guards Grant Sherfield and Desmond Cambridge Jr. paced the Wolf Pack with 16 and 23 points, respectively.
Nevada led by as many as 10 points in the first half, with a Roddy 3-pointer cutting the advantage to 34-27 entering the break.
CSU then opened the second half by scoring on each of its first five possessions, including back-to-back 3-pointers from Jacobs and Stevens, to turn that deficit into a 39-all game with 17:17 to go.
The two teams traded the lead seven times before the Rams held the Wolf Pack (9-8, 3-3) scoreless for more than five minutes as part of a 12-0 run to take a 75-63 lead with 1:03 to go.
CSU entered the night at No. 27 in the NCAA NET rankings, one of the primary metrics used by the NCAA Tournament selection committee to pick at-large teams. The win ensured the Rams go into Friday night’s showdown with UNLV riding a five-game win streak.
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