Nico Carvacho's 20-20 game is not enough to lift CSU over Long Beach State

Nico Carvacho has been the one consistent player in Colorado State’s lineup this season, and he showed up in a big way on Saturday.

The 6-foot-11 forward had 23 points and 22 rebounds, the second 20-20 game of his career, in what was an extremely dominant performance for the “Big Chile”. Carvacho made 11-of-18 attempts from the field, 1-of-2 free throws and picked up a crucial nine offensive rebounds as well.

Unfortunately for the junior forward, the dominant performance was not enough to lift CSU over Long Beach State though, as the 49ers defeated the Rams, 64-61 at home. The Rams are now 1-3 against LBSU over the last four seasons.

Down 3 points with just under three seconds remaining, the Rams had an opportunity to tie the game, but J.D. Paige could not handle Adam Thistlewood’s inbound pass on the final play. The turnover was CSU’s 22nd of the afternoon and 140th of the season.

Aside from Carvacho, Kris Martin was the only other CSU player to finish with double-digit figures. Martin made 5-of-12 attempts from the field and added 12 points for CSU off the bench. In total, the Rams received 17 points from the reserve unit, almost twice as much as last Sunday’s loss to South Dakota.

The Rams will conclude the non-conference portion of the schedule on Dec. 30 when New Mexico State University comes to Fort Collins. The Aggies defeated the Rams, 89-76 in Las Cruces, N.M. in 2017.