CSU struggles to score in home loss to South Dakota

When the game is on the line, having experienced players that know how to handle the big moment can be crucial.

In Sunday’s 68-63 loss to South Dakota, Colorado State men’s basketball relied heavily on its veteran leaders to cut into a second half deficit, and almost found a way to come up with the victory.

“I think we played selfishly on both ends when it mattered the most,” head coach Niko Medved said.

Nico Carvacho and J.D. Paige combined for nearly 40 points and 25 rebounds, as the veteran duo attempted to erase a poor shooting performance from the team on their own. Unfortunately for Medved, CSU did not receive much production from the rest of his squad.

“Me and Jeremiah have to be a part of the offense for us to win,” Carvacho said.

Carvacho made 8-of-11 field goal attempts, finishing the game with a team-high 20 points and 17 rebounds. The 6’11” forward has been the X-factor for CSU all season, and typically when the Big Chile records a double-double, the Rams come out victorious. However, that was obviously not the case on Sunday.

Paige finished 7-of-15 from the field for 18 points and added six rebounds as well. But even with his production, the Rams were not able to overcome a dismal shooting performance. CSU only made seven of its 26 3-point attempts in the game and did not shoot much better from the field.