Isaiah Stevens made sure his final game at Moby Arena for the CSU Rams was a memorable one.

Stevens — who recently tied the single-game assist record of 12 — is now the sole holder of the Colorado State record with 13 dimes in one contest.

His fantastic floor general play has helped the Rams to many wins over the last four years, and this 92-84 upset of New Mexico on Senior Night was no different.

Ironically, Stevens’ night started off with a turnover, and he only recorded 6 points and 4 assists in the first half of play. Meanwhile, scoring came from all over the place, including fellow senior John Tonje scoring 9 in the first half. That included a made 3-pointer by Tonje with 28 seconds to play in the first period, which put the Rams up eight, but New Mexico answered with field goal and CSU led 41-35 at halftime.

That six-point lead was crucial because the Rams and Lobos exchanged buckets in the second half, scoring a combined 100 points after the break. Colorado State did extend their lead to 10 early in the half with a Jalen Lake 3-pointer, but the Lobos brought it closer again, at 55-49 with 14:43 to go.

CSU then went on a 11-5 run, and a 3-pointer by Joe Palmer gave the home team their biggest lead of the contest at 12 with 12:25 remaining. Again, the Lobos clawed back as Donovan Dent scored six straight in 2:21 to get the game within six points once again.

Stevens scored when he needed to in the second half, but he was busier dishing to teammates and allowing them to put points on the board. As New Mexico and Colorado State exchanged buckets down the stretch, Stevens’ clutch free throw shooting (5-5) and his amazing ability to help teammates score allowed the Rams to keep the better Lobos at bay.

Tonje finished with a game-high 24 points while Stevens enjoyed his seventh double-double of the year with 17 points and that record 13 assists.

“Finally!” Stevens said postgame. “I’ve had 12 (assists) four times in my career, I was messing with John [Tonje] about it last game. It’s all fun and love though, and to be able to get that one holds a special place in my heart.”

Stevens also became the school’s all-time leader in career assists last week, passing former women’s star Ellen Nystrom. He now has 606 assists in his career and the Rams may have multiple games to go, with the Mountain West Tournament coming up next week.

Despite their size disadvantage, Niko Medved’s Rams out-rebounded New Mexico 38-28. But CSU’s four-guard lineup also helped them double-up UNM in assists (22-11), meaning Stevens had more than the entire New Mexico team.

“Of course, they were really big and we play with four guards because that’s what we have right now,” Medved said after the victory. “They hurt us in the paint, but at the end of the day we came close to holding our own in the glass and playing the way we did on offense you’re going to get a win.”

CSU was also hotter than usual from 3-point range, making 55% from downtown, and they scored more in the second half (51) than the entire game (46) a loss against San Jose State on Tuesday.

Colorado State improved to 14-17, 6-12 MW with the win over New Mexico (21-10, 8-10 MW). And the victory was huge in terms of seeding for the Mountain West Tournament. A loss would have meant likely playing New Mexico again in the first round.

Now, the Rams can take either eighth or seventh seed, which would mean a matchup against either the No. 9 or No. 10 team. Their seeding is now dependent on the Nevada-UNLV game which takes place this afternoon. With a UNLV loss, Colorado State improves to No. 7 and would play Air Force. A UNLV win would leave the Rams in No. 8 position against Fresno State in ninth.

The 2023 Mountain West Basketball Tournament tips off on Wednesday, March 8 at 12 p.m. MT in Las Vegas, Nevada. That first hame is the 8-9 matchup, which could end being CSU.