Jan 262004
 
Authors: Collegian sports staff

Forward Matt Williams scored the first four points in overtime

and Colorado State University defeated visiting UNLV, 89-83 Monday

night in Moby Arena.

The Rams had built a 16-point, 60-44 lead with less than seven

minutes remaining when star center Matt Nelson re-injured his right

knee.

UNLV crawled back into the game with a 12-0 run, thanks to poor

free throw shooting from the Rams down the stretch.

But Williams, who finished with 13 points and nine rebounds,

scored the first four points in overtime to put the Rams ahead to

stay.

“Matt Williams took over,” said CSU coach Dale Layer. “He came

up big.”

Having scored his 20th point of the night with seven minutes to

go, Nelson fell in a heap under the UNLV basket while playing

defense.

Layer said following the game that Nelson is sidelined

indefinitely with the injury.

The 7-foot junior also finished with 10 rebounds, while Rams’

reserve forward Ronnie Clark contributed 10 points to the win.

With Nelson out with an injury and starting point guard Micheal

Morris having fouled out of the game, CSU looked elsewhere for its

scoring. The team found it in reserve guards Jon Rakiecki and

Dwight Boatner.

Rakiecki, who missed 15 straight 3-point goals in the past three

games, scored a career-high 19 points and added five rebounds,

while Boatner scored a career-most 11 points including nine free

throws to help put the Rebels away.

Colorado State is now 10-8 on the year, 2-3 in MWC play while

UNLV falls to 10-6, 1-3.

The Rams are back in action Saturday night playing host to

Wyoming at 7 p.m. the teams’ heated Border War rivalry.

 

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The Good: Freshman Dwight Boatner came off the

bench to contribute 11 points on nine clutch free throws in crunch

time.

The Bad: The Rams let a 60-44 lead slip away and

needed overtime to put away Charlie Spoonhour’s Rebels.

The Ugly: During the Rebels’ run in the second

half UNLV guard Jerel Blassingame stumbled into the Rams’ bench and

proceeded to talk trash to CSU players. Fans riled Blassingame when

the junior fouled out late in overtime.

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