A dominant performance from CSU guard Wes Eikmeier helped the Rams to a 79-56 win over Jacksonville State on Thursday in the championship game of the Bank of the West Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational in El Paso.
Eikmeier scored 25 points, which ties his career-high. It’s the second time in 10 days he has scored that many. He did the damage on 7-14 shooting and he hit 10-12 free throws.
The Rams (9-4) led 36-26 at half.
In the second half, CSU took over.
The Rams shot 62 percent after the break and shot a staggering 60 percent for the game.
Jacksonville State was held to only 32 percent on the night.
One of the Rams keys in every game is to get to the free throw line, and they did that Thursday, making 23-30 attempts.
CSU guard Dwight Smith chipped in 15 points on 5-5 shooting while Will Bell added 12 and Pierce Hornung racked up 12 rebounds.
The win gives CSU four straight victories. The Rams longest win streak last season was six games.
CSU now has over a week off before beginning a four-game homestand on Jan. 7 against the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
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