Montana Grizzlies 75
CSU Rams 39
The Tim Miles Era got off to a rough start Friday night in Missoula, Mont, as the CSU men’s basketball team lost to the Montana Grizzlies 75-39 in Miles’ first game as coach of the Rams.
Junior guard Willis Gardner played all 40 minutes and finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. Garnder became the first Ram since Michael Morris in 2005 to play an entire game.
Senior center Stuart Creason added 10 points and four rebounds.
The Rams rebounded from a rough start and got within four points, 21-17, near the end of the first half but could not make the deficit any closer.
The Rams missed their last seven field goal attempts, and the Grizzlies finished the game with a 17-0 run. CSU missed all 10 of its 3-point attempts, while Montana went 10-21 from beyond the arc.
Gardner, one of seven Rams to make their debut, was the first Ram in 20 years to play all 40 minutes in his first game at CSU.
Miles and the Rams have a chance to get their first win of the season Thursday against Oregon State in the BP Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Ala.