CSU's offense struggles in 15-point loss to South Dakota State

When you live by the 3-point shot, you die by the 3-point shot.

In the consolation final of the Gulf Coast Showcase, Colorado State men’s basketball went 8-of-36 from beyond the arch in a 78-63 loss to South Dakota State, Wednesday.

The Rams struggled to make anything around the perimeter, but consistently tried to shoot its way out of the cold slump anyways. Five of the seven players that saw the floor for CSU missed four or more shots from deep, and despite holding Mike Daum to only 11 points, CSU trailed for over 30 minutes in the game.

“We had an awful shooting night tonight, there's no question,” head coach Niko Medved said in a release.

“You look at the box score and you say I don't want to shoot 36 threes, but the way they were guarding us, I think most of those were uncontested. But we can't walk out of here and say we didn't shoot the ball well and that's why we lost because it won't be the last time. That's the way basketball goes. Sometimes, you've got to find a way to win those games when it's not going your way. We had some chances to get back in it but we could never get over the hump.”

Along with a poor shooting performance, the Rams struggled to make free throws. CSU only made 9-of-16 (58 percent) attempts, which made it difficult to cut into the Jackrabbits’ lead.

While it was certainly a frustrating offensive performance for CSU as a whole, senior guards Anthony Masinton-Bonner (20) and J.D. Paige (17) combined for 37 points, making up for more than 50 percent of the team’s offense.

The Rams will host Southern Illinois in the final iteration of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge, Tue., Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. MT.