Author: Steven Starcer
Moby Arena (Photo credit: j.miner)
All the build up forÂ a gameÂ featuring two top 25 teamsÂ and the conference lead up for grabs made Moby Arena a hot ticket to get, but it was not as hot as New Mexico’s junior guard Kendall Williams.
Williams finished with a career high 46 points — nearly twice his previous career high of 24 — and set a Mountain West Conference record by hitting 10 3-pointers as the Lobos came into Moby and ended Colorado State’s 27-game home win streak Saturday, knocking off the Rams 91-82.
While Williams was sent to the bench with nine minutes to play and four fouls, the Rams took a six-point lead and looked as though they might extend their home win-streak to 28, but insteadÂ Williams returned to the game and helped leadÂ the LobosÂ on a 27-12 run down the stretch and poured in 18 more points in the process.
Nex Mexico increased their lead to two gamesÂ in a highly contested conference race moving to 10-2 in Mountain West play and 23-4 overall, while the Rams dropped to 8-4 in conference and 21-5 overall.
The Rams were unable to gain any real momentum in the game as everytime the home crowd got into it, Williams would answer with a dagger from long range.
Colton Iverson had a monster game for the Rams with 26 points and 15 rebounds, but missed on some free throws late that hurt the Ram’s chances of mounting a comeback. Wes Eikmeier and Dorian GreenÂ had 22 and 20 points respectively for the Rams.
The Rams were coming off a tough loss on the road against UNLV by two points on Wednesday, which snapped their six-game winning streak that started after their loss to New Mexico the first time around in Albuquerque last month.
The last time CSUÂ lost at homeÂ was Nov. 11, 2012, to Southern Miss., which was coached at the time by theÂ team’s current coach LarryÂ Eustachy, who took the Rams job last offseason.
The Rams will try and get back on the winning track on Wednesday, Feb. 27, when they host Fresno State at 7 p.m. MT at Moby Arena.