Rams loose in a close game

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Feb 192006
 
Authors: Paul Baker

The Rams battled back from a 12-point second half deficit Saturday afternoon, but failed to score in the last minute of the game as UNLV came into Moby Arena and won 80-72.

A three-point play by junior forward Freddy Robinson tied the game at 60, which capped a 23-11 run by the Rams in the second half. CSU forward Jason Smith kept the game close as he scored six straight points for the Rams late in the game.

But Smith's jumper with 1:08 to go in the game would be the last points for the Rams as their last four possessions came up empty.

"It was a disheartening loss for us tonight," head coach Dale Layer said after the game. "We had our chances at the end of the game, we just didn't get anything to drop."

The key to the Rebel win might have been their three-point shooting. They shot 66 percent from behind the arc (8-of-12), a huge increase from their season average of 35.

The Rams, however, went through their worst shooting game of the year from behind the arc, converting on 2-of-13 attempts.

"They're an inconsistent 3-point shooting team," Layer said of UNLV. "We just caught them on a bad night."

UNLV freshman guard Jo'Van Adams ran the Rebel offense to near-perfection as he shot 6-of-10 from the field, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range and all of his free throws en route to 21 points.

"We kept our composure down the stretch and made some big shots," said UNLV forward Louis Amundson, who had a team-high 22 points and five rebounds.

The Rams' defensive effort, which has plagued them in previous games, was very strong. Robinson played tough defense all game and Smith and Michael Harrison combined for seven blocked shots.

"We had a good defensive effort in the second half," Harrison said. "We just need to put two halves together."

Harrison finished the game with 16 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Robinson finished with 14 points. Smith had a game-high 24 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks.

The Rams now fall to 13-12 and 2-10 in the Mountain West, while UNLV improves to 14-10 and 8-4 in the MWC.

CSU will look to get a win against TCU, as they come to Moby Arena Wednesday night. The last time these two met, the Horned Frogs got their only win in conference this year.

"They're the last place team and they're scratching all the way," Amundson said. "They have a lot of pride and will play the whole time."

Wednesday night's game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

MIN FGM-FGA R A P

CSU- Robinson, 26 5-7 2 1 14; Smith, 32 8-15 12 3 24; Harrison, 33 7-11 7 3 16; Lewis, 33 4-11 2 4 9; Gilling, 14 0-3 0 0 0; Morris S, 23 2-7 1 0 7; Harris, 2 0-0 0 0 0; Patterson, 15 0-1 2 0 0; Creason, 15 0-1 2 0 0; Morris M, 7 1-2 2 0 2.

UNLV- Amundson, 31 8-16 5 1 22; Terry, 32 4-6 3 4 11; Adams, 33 6-10 5 2 21; Petrimoulx, 26 3-8 0 5 8; White, 18 1-3 8 1 3; Morgan, 14 2-3 1 3 5; Rougeau, 1 0-1 0 0 0; Villepigue, 23 1-4 5 0 2; Darger, 14 2-3 1 0 6; Essengue, 8 1-2 2 0 2.

 

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