But the Rams turned up the defensive pressure, and tried to rally behind forward Brian Greene, who scored 20 points in the second half. Colorado State clamped down at the defensive end in the second half, holding the Buffs to eight field goals after intermission.
Still, Colorado was able to maintain the lead the entire way, and the Rams could get no closer than the five point final margin on several occasions. CU hit 21 of 29 free throw attempts in the second half to ice the game.
After winning their first four games, the Rams have dropped four straight to fall to .500 on the year, while the Buffs improved to 4-2. Colorado, which has not shot well from the outside early in the season, warmed up at Moby, hitting a season-high eight three pointers. Colorado dominated the backboards as well, outrebounding the Rams 47-36.
Greene, a product of Thornton, Colorado, led the Rams with 27 points before fouling out with a minute left. Andy Birley added 11. No other Ram scored in double figures. Five Buffs were in double digits, led by David Harrison's 15 points.
The Rams will be back in action Saturday night, when they host Arkansas-Little Rock at 7pm at Moby Arena.