For the game, Colorado State shot 43.3 percent (26-of-60 from the field, including just 20.8 percent (5-of-24) from the three-point line.
Colorado lost for the fifth straight game and the issues on offense were very uncharacteristic of a team that entered the year with high expectations. UCLA showed poise on both sides of the ball to win their third straight.
Rivals set to collide for the first time since the 2017 Frozen Four national championship
If the Rams offensive line can protect K.J. Carta-Samuels, he'll have a shot at ripping the Florida Gators' defense apart, like he has in multiple second halves this year.
CU handed out 17 turnovers as they opened their conference schedule with a loss on the road in Tucson.
Colorado State's lack of execution on special teams led to a disappointing, blowout loss at the hands of the Florida Gators.
Should CSU advance past the Leathernecks, the Rams would face the winner of the first-round matchup between South Dakota and Houston.
Colorado falls at home to Arizona in a shootout. Missed opportunities and continued issues on defense drop the Buffs to 3-2, with more players leaving the game due to injury on an already thinning roster.
The Rams fell to 10-16 and 3-10 in Mountain West action, while the Falcons improved to 9-13 and 3-7 in league play.
Can Colorado State find new life in the MountaIn West Tournament? Prentiss Nixon is hopeful, as are his teammates, though they'll be without J.D. Paige on Wednesday, again.