Thriller win in Utah

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Feb 152006
 
Authors: Paul Baker

The Rams broke a 20-game conference road losing streak Wednesday night, as they traveled to Salt Lake City and defeated the University of Utah 69-61 in an overtime thriller.

CSU was down 52-55 with 15 seconds left in the game when sophomore guard Sean Morris hit a 3-point basket to tie the game and send it into overtime.

Morris then opened the extra session with two consecutive 3-point baskets to help the Rams outscore the Utes 14-6 in overtime to get the win.

"We focused on coming out and playing hard, keeping our swagger through out the whole game," Morris said in a post game interview on AM 600 KCOL. "Getting a win on the road will definitely help us out, but we got to keep working at it."

Morris, who came off the bench to score a team high 17 points, scored all of his points in the second half and overtime as he went 5-of-6 from 3-point range.

"We need his pressure, energy and offensive poise. We definitely missed him the last couple games and we're glad he's back," head coach Dale Layer said on the radio after the game.

Utah had won two straight home games coming into this match-up, knocking off conference leader San Diego State and BYU. The Utes had held their opponents to under 39 percent shooting before the Rams came in and shot 51 percent on the night.

The game was close throughout, as both teams could only manage to build leads of six before the other would come back.

Utah was led by guard Jonnie Bryant and forward Luke Nevill, who both had a game-high 18 points while the Utes other guard Bryant Markson was held to only 10 points by a great defensive effort by CSU forward Freddie Robinson.

"Freddie played terrific defense for us tonight," Layer said.

After starting the game with 10 turnovers in the first 10 minutes of the game, the Rams calmed down and forced 20 Utah turnovers and created 13 steals.

"We were definitely the aggressors tonight," Layer said.

The Rams improve to 13-11 on the season and 2-9 in the Mountain West Conference (both wins coming against the Utes). Utah is now 12-11 overall and 5-7 in conference play.

CSU will now return home to take on UNLV Saturday and try to put together a win streak before heading into the conference tournament March 7.

M FGM-FGA R A P

CSU- Robinson, 29 2-5 6 1 6; Smith, 37 5-11 8 1 15; Harrison, 28 3-5 5 4 7; Lewis, 29 2-8 2 5 8; Gilling, 16 3-3 1 1 8; Morris S, 28 6-8 0 1 17; Patterson, 12 1-1 2 0 4; Creason, 25 1-2 0 1 2; Morris M, 21 1-4 2 0 2.

Utah- Markson, 43 3-6 6 0 10; Green, 21 0-4 0 2 0; Nevill, 36 5-10 9 2 18; Bryant, 38 6-14 1 3 18; Grant, 28 0-4 4 2 0; Borha, 16 0-3 2 0 0; Drisdom, 9 0-0 1 1 0; Jackson, 9 0-0 2 0 0; Johns, 3 0-1 0 1 0; Langvad, 22 5-7 2 2 15.

 

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