Monday, Jan. 4, 2021
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CSU MBB Recap: Rams Drop Mountain West Game At San Diego State, 78-65
Isaiah Stevens records the 17th points-assist double-double in CSU history
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Colorado State faced another early run from San Diego State and couldn’t come back this time, falling to the defending Mountain West champions, 78-65, Monday night at Viejas Arena. With the loss, the Rams slipped to 6-2 on the year and 3-1 in the conference, while the Aztecs improved to 7-2 and 1-1 in the league.
After the teams exchanged opening buckets, San Diego State put together a run to take the lead, going on a 13-2 run to take a 15-4 lead five minutes into the game. From there, the Aztecs continued to build on it, getting the lead to as many as 29 before going into the locker room with a 50-24 halftime lead. The Rams battled in the second half, including a 12-0 run to cut the margin to 16, but could not get closer than 12 the rest of the way.
Colorado State finished the game just 42.6 percent (20-of-47) from the floor, and 35.0 percent (7-of-20) on threes. San Diego State hit at 55.8 percent (29-of-52) overall and 51.9 percent (14-of-27) beyond the arc. SDSU won the boards 30-27.
The Rams were led by sophomores David Roddy and John Tonje with 15 points each, with Tonje’s a new career high. Sophomore Isaiah Stevens recorded his second career double-double with 11 points and 10 assists and was just one rebound away from a triple-double with a career-high nine boards. San Diego State was led by Jordan Schakel with a career-high 28 points.
STAT OF THE GAME
• Colorado State had 12 turnovers in the first half and San Diego State converted that to a 22-7 advantage in their first half surge.
• The two teams have been in a battle over history, with SDSU holding a slight 46-42 lead in games played, including 42-39 in conference action in both the WAC and MW. The Aztecs lead 28-14 in San Diego.
• CSU leader Niko Medved is now 1-4 San Diego State as a head coach.
• The Rams played without junior guard Kendle Moore due to personal reasons. It snaps a streak of 39 consecutive starts for Moore.
• Stevens’ 10 assists are the 35th 10-assist game in program history and his points-assist double-double is just the 17th ever for CSU and the fourth player ever to accomplish that for the Rams.
• The Rams return home to quickly host UNLV on Thursday, Jan. 7 and Saturday, Jan. 9.
• The games will be televised nationally, with the Jan. 7 game on CBS Sports Network at 6 p.m. MT and the contest on the 9th on FS1 at 2 p.m.
• The audio will be on the Colorado State Sports Radio 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.
• The game will also have live stats on CSURams.com.
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