Rams close homestand with overtime loss to Fresno State

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The Colorado State men’s basketball team suffered an 82-79 overtime setback to Fresno State on January 6. The loss was the first in overtime since Feb. 10, 2016 at Nevada.

Tied at 69 entering overtime, neither team scored in the first three minutes. The Bulldogs scored first with a pair of free throws at the 2:49 mark to lead by two and they wouldn’t trail again. Colorado State trailed by two with 17 seconds left following a J.D. Paige three pointer and again with six seconds left after a bucket by Lorenzo Jenkins, but could not get the lead again.

Fresno State started the game building a 23-9 advantage – largest of the game – with 10:50 left to play in the first half. Over the next three minutes, Colorado State cut into the deficit with help from four three pointers to trail by five at 25-20 with 8:04 left in first half. Fresno State would hold a 39-33 lead at halftime.

After the break, the Rams caught fire, hitting eight of their first 10 field goal attempts early in the second half, while the defense started to click holding the Bulldogs to just three of their first 11. Colorado State scored the first eight points of the second half to take its first lead of the game at 41-39. The Rams continued to lead through the second half, building their largest leads of the game at 54-44 with 13:15 left and at 59-49 at 9:09 left to play in regulation.

Fresno State went on an 11-1 run over the next three minutes to tie the game 60-60 with six minutes left to play. Both teams battled down the stretch as neither team led by more than three points and were tied at 69-69 at the end of regulation.

Junior guard Prentiss Nixon led the Rams scoring 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while Paige added 16 from 5-of-11 from three-point range. Redshirt-sophomore center Nico Carvacho recorded his second double-double of the season – third of his career – after reaching double-figure points with 10 and pulling down 19 rebounds – 11 offensive. Redshirt-sophomore forward Lorenzo Jenkins came off the bench and added 11 points and five rebounds in 29 minutes.

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