Rams rain threes in road victory over the Spartans

With just over two weeks remaining in the regular season, Colorado State men’s basketball (10-16) is looking to create some momentum. The Rams have struggled with consistency, especially on the defensive end, for most of 2018-19. But with the Mountain West Tournament fast approaching, the time for CSU to play its best basketball is now.

On Wednesday night, the Rams got off to the right start by snapping a three-game losing streak with a 21-point victory over San Jose State (91-70). While a victory over the Spartans is nothing to boast about, the dominant showing was still a positive sign for the Rams as it was one of CSU’s most complete performances this season.

CSU made a season-high 16 shots from beyond the 3-point arc in the game, which is a figure the Rams have not matched since an exhibition against Colorado Christian University in early November. What’s more, six different scorers finished the night in double-digit figures in what was a complete team performance for CSU.

Kris Martin paced the Rams with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while J.D. Paige (11 points) and Kendle Moore (13 points) were not far behind. In the frontcourt, Adam Thistlewood (16 points) made a season-high five 3-point shots and Nico Carvacho picked up his 18th double-double of 2018-19 (18 points, 19 rebounds).

Carvacho left the floor with 2:06 remaining with an apparent lower body injury. CSU will obviously need the redshirt junior healthy if the Rams are going to have any chance at making a run in the conference tournament.

Before CSU can focus on the postseason though, the Rams must first close out the regular season. The Rams will return to Moby Arena on Saturday for the second edition of the Border War. CSU was defeated by Wyoming in February. Following the road loss, head coach Niko Medved said the performance was his team’s worst of the season.