Colorado State Falls to La Tech 76-74 On Last Second Shot
CSU had the lead but couldn’t hold it and lost on a last second shot.
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Roddy played tough through two elbow shots to the head.
David Roddy came running back out of the tunnel with a few minutes left in the game after taking a shot to the head that cut him open, but couldn’t help the Rams comeback to win. Roddy finished the day with nine points, nine rebounds, and a couple of stitches to the temple.
Kenny Lofton Jr made a good post move in the lane to make the winning basket with 0.3 seconds left on the clock to win the game for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. Lofton finished with a career high 27 points, chipped in 13 rebounds, and a couple elbows that went uncalled or called against the Rams.
Comical that this is a "defensive" foul and not an offensive flagrant. https://t.co/elweNwhofo pic.twitter.com/J5Xol7cN5L
— Matt Clapp (@Matt2Clapp) March 28, 2021
Colorado State led by as many as 10 points in the first half, but made too many mistakes that let La Tech stay in the game. In the end this is what cost the Rams the game. Too many silly turnovers and taking ill advised shots. The inside out game was working for CSU all day, but they went away from it when it mattered most.
Credit to the Bulldogs. They didn’t bow in the face of pressure. They turned the effort up to 11 and game back to win this game. Lofton Jr was the leading scorer on the day, but he was joined in double figures by three other Bulldogs. Isaiah Crawford (13 points, seven rebounds, five assists), Amorie Archibald (14 points, six rebounds), and Kalob Ledoux (14 points, five rebounds) were the others in double figures for Louisiana Tech.
The Rams seemed to go away from Roddy at times, which was puzzling. But they needed someone else to step up. Dischon Thomas did his part to help with 15 points and six rebounds, but no one else stepped up to replace Roddy’s production.
Isaiah Stevens was the leading scorer for the Rams on the day. The sophomore had 18 points on 6 of 12 shooting (including 4 of 9 from three). He also chipped in seven assists and four rebounds. Kendle Moore and Thomas were the only other Rams in double figures. Moore finished with 10 points, half of which came from the free throw line.
The Rams had this game in hand and faltered down the stretch. The Bulldogs deserve a lot of credit for not going away and fighting back. This Rams squad overachieved this year, a year early for some. As the 9th youngest squad in America, the Mountain West better watch out next year.