CSU concludes non-conference play with home loss to New Mexico State

The non-conference portion of the schedule did not go as planned for Colorado State men’s basketball. Including Sunday’s 88-68 loss to New Mexico State, the Rams are 2-8 over the last 10 games and have already lost by double-digits five times this season.

Despite going through a tough stretch, head coach Niko Medved told reporters that he thought his team was ready to play on Sunday, but after being out-shot by a margin of 23, it was difficult to keep up with a talented NMSU squad.

“That's a really good basketball team (NMSU) that we played today and I think they're a NCAA Tournament team,” Medved said.

“Clearly we got off to a nice start today. I thought our kids were ready to play, but then, boy, it got away from us. It's not too hard as you look at it that they got 23 more shots at the basket than us. It's pretty hard to survive that. Every time you make a mistake against a good team, they make you pay and they did. We just have to find a way to be better for longer periods of time and we're starting to do some things in stretches that I like.”

In the loss to the Aggies, four different players finished with 10 or more points, including freshman forward Adam Thistlewood. The local product made 6-of-9 attempts from the field, including 4-of-6 shots from beyond the arch and tied J.D. Paige with a team-high 17 points apiece.

Rounding out CSU’s leading scorers were Anthony Masinton-Bonner (15 points), who led CSU in field goal percentage, and Nico Carvacho (10 points). With nine rebounds on the day, Carvacho fell just shy of yet another double-double.

The Rams will look to rebound at UNLV Wednesday night in the Mountain West opener. In their one matchup last season, the Rebels defeated the Rams, 79-74 at Moby Arena.

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