Rebels Survive Slow Second Half Performance
The Rams slow start cost them in the second half.
Colorado State costs themselves tournament seeding
With a chance to improve their post season standings, the Rams slow start out of the gate cost them the victory. For the Rebels, already locked into the fifth seed, they used this game to build some momentum going into the conference tournament.
The first half was all UNLV. It seemed like they couldn’t miss. The Rebels hit on 57% of their shots including 45.5% from deep. Kris Clyburn was on fire and made the Rams defense look invisible. UNLV’s defense also caused the Rams problems. Marvin Menzies had the Rebels playing a three-quarter court pressure and switched back and forth between zone and man.
Colorado State made a run in the second half, but it wasn’t enough. On senior night, for J.D. Paige and Robbie Berwick, the Rams couldn’t do enough to walk out with the win. Nico Carvacho finished with another double-double, but the Rams poor defense in the first half and inability to hit the long ball, cost them in the second half.
Kris Clyburn was the leading scorer for the Rebels on the day. Clyburn finished with 20 points, including going six for six from downtown. The only other Rebel in double figures was Noah Robotham. Robotham finished with 12 points and eight assists.
For Colorado State, Paige led them in scoring with 20 points, seven assists, and four rebounds. Carvacho finished with 13 points and 20 rebounds. Those two were joined in double figures by Adam Thistlewood (12 points and five rebounds) and Kendle Moore (10 points and four steals).
The Rebels now await San Diego State in four/five matchup in the Mountain West Tournament on Thursday. The Rams seed isn’t settled yet, but what is determined is that they’ll play on Wednesday and must win four games in four days to win the Mountain West Tournament.