FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Daniel Bejarano scored 15 points, John Gillon had 14, and No. 24 Colorado State won its 12th straight game to extend the best start in school history with a 75-54 victory over Charleston Southern on Monday night.
Stanton Kidd had 13 points and J.J. Avila added 11 for Colorado State (12-0), which also set the longest single-season winning streak in school history. The previous high was an 11-game run during the 1988-89 season.
Saah Nimley scored 18 points to lead Charleston Southern (5-5). Arlon Harper added 11.
Up by 17 at the break, the Rams stretched their lead to 50-21 by scoring the first 12 points of the second half. The spurt included 3-pointers by Bejarano and Kidd and a rim-rattling, fast-break dunk by Tiel Daniels after a Charleston Southern turnover.
Harper’s three-point play helped the Buccaneers cut the deficit to 53-30.
The Rams answered with more offense. By the time Gian Clavell and Kidd connected on 3-pointers on successive possessions, Colorado State’s advantage had ballooned to 30 points with 7:13 remaining.
The Rams substituted freely the rest of the way.
Colorado State pulled out to a 38-21 halftime lead, closing the period with a 9-0 run that included making seven of eight free throws.
Charleston Southern got 3-pointers from Harper and Will Saunders to pull to 19-15 midway through the first half, but the Rams offset them with 3s on successive possessions by Gillon.
Charleston Southern: The game marked the Buccaneers’ first meeting with Colorado State. … The loss was the Buccaneers’ fourth in a row on the road since opening the season with a 66-65 overtime win at Ole Miss.
Colorado State: The Rams have earned a Top 25 ranking for the second time in three seasons under coach Larry Eustachy. … Avila has scored in double figures in each of the first 12 games. … The Rams improved to 15-4 in December under Eustachy. … Colorado State began the week as one of nine unbeaten teams in the nation.
Charleston Southern hosts Johnson (Tenn.) next Monday.
Colorado State plays at New Mexico on Saturday.
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