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
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
“Matt Williams took over,” said CSU coach Dale Layer. “He came
Having scored his 20th point of the night with seven minutes to
go, Nelson fell in a heap under the UNLV basket while playing
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
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.
|The Good: Freshman Dwight Boatner came off the
bench to contribute 11 points on nine clutch free throws in crunch
|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.