Memphis Overwhelms Colorado State 90-67 To Advance To NIT Championship Game
Memphis beats CSU behind lights out shooting in second half
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Rams run into a Tigers offensive buzzsaw.
The Memphis Tigers have advanced to the NIT finals after shooting lights out against the Colorado State Rams. Already one of the top defensive teams in the nation, the offense came alive today against CSU leading to a blowout 90-67 victory.
Landers Nolley II was on fire in the second half for Memphis against Colorado State. 24 of his 27 points came on 8-11 shooting, including 6-8 from the three point line, in the second half. Nolley also used his length to disturb the rhythm of the Rams both in the lane and bringing the ball up the court.
DeAndre Williams and Lester Quinones joined Nolley in double figures. Williams finished with 21 points and came close to a triple double with nine rebounds and six assists. Quinones had 18 points and chipped in five rebounds. He also had a good day from deep; going 4-7 from behind the arc.
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Colorado State actually had a decent first half for once. They got down big, but made a late run to only trail by six at the half. Unfortunately, it seemed like they flipped halves mentally. They made seven threes in the first half, but only made two in the second half.
Memphis’ length and ferocity in their full court pressure caused problems for the Rams all day. The Rams kept the kept turning the ball over at inopportune times leading to runs for the Tigers. Whenever the Rams tried to get on the front foot, they ended up shooting themselves in the foot.
David Roddy was the leading scorer on the day for the Rams. Roddy finished the day with 18 points and chipped in seven rebounds. Isaiah Stevens was the only other Ram in double figures, as he finished the day with 17 points.
Memphis advances to the NIT Championship game against the winner of Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State. While Colorado State will get the loser of that game in the NIT Third Place game.