After seeing a lead that had at one point been 51-39 almost evaporate, the CSU basketball team held on to win its season opener 64-58 over the University of Montana.
Montana had a chance to tie it late when guard Will Cherry had a wide open three, but he missed long.
And with 40 seconds left and the Rams up three guard Dorian Green missed a jumper. But Pierce Hornung got the rebound and got it to Wes Eikmeier, forcing Montana to foul.
CSU was then able to salt the rest of the game away at the free throw line.
The win gives CSU an early 1-0 record. They now head to Calif. to play in the pre-season National Invitational Tournament. Their first game is Monday against Southern Methodist University.
The game started out sloppy with both teams possibly coping with first game jitters. At the second media timeout CSU had already committed six turnovers.
But in a change from the Rams two preseason games, the defense kept them in the game.
And when the offense started to put it together late in the half, CSU was able to build a sizeable lead.
A late three by Jesse Carr gave CSU a 10 point lead, but it was cut to seven when Michael Weisner hit a three of his own at the end of the half.
_See Monday’s Collegian for more on the win.