Spencer Butterfield’s 3-pointer and subsequent go-ahead free throws, after a Colorado State technical foul, keyed Utah State’s 73-69 comeback victory over the Rams in the first round of the Mountain West Conference tournament.
Colorado State was already off to a slow start against No. 5 San Diego State when coach Larry Eustachy decided to bench Daniel Bejarano, the Rams’ second-leading scorer and leading rebounder.
Six players scored in double figures, including J.J. Avila, who scored 27 points and Colorado State breezed past Southwestern Oklahoma State 109-55 on Sunday afternoon.
J.J. Avila scored 29 points, including the game-winning layup in the final seconds, lifting Colorado State to an 85-83 win over New Mexico State on Saturday.
J.J. Avila scored 21 to lead three players in double figures as Colorado State had few problems in a 66-52 win over Bethune-Cookman Wednesday afternoon in the CSU Challenge
Gerson Santo and Jon Octeus each scored 16 points and David Cohn added 15 as Colorado State moved past Prairie View A&M 95-68 Monday night.
Gonzaga coach Mark Few offered an undisputable truth about basketball after his 15th-ranked Bulldogs routed Colorado State.
Wes Eikmeier scored 18 points for CSU, and a defensive adjustment shut down Fresno State’s Kevin Olekaibe in the second half of the Rams’ 74-67 victory on Wednesday night.