Rams Take Down BYU 74-67

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- Freshman Jason Smith scored 19 points and Sean Morris added 12 points and eight rebounds as Colorado State ended a two-game losing streak with a 74-67 victory over BYU Saturday.

Matt  Nelson was held to 11 points and 10 rebounds for Colorado State (9-6, 1-1 Mountain West) but extended his string of double-figure scoring games to 13.

Austin Ainge led BYU (6-11, 0-2) with 25 points on five 3-pointers. Mike Hall had 11 points as the Cougars lost their third in four games.

Trailing by 10 at the half, the Cougars scored the first six points of the second half and took a 43-42 lead with 10:58 left on baskets by Ainge and Garner Meads. But Smith took over, scoring 13 points over a seven-minute stretch including a 3-pointer with 3:42 remaining to put Colorado State ahead 64-54.

After the Rams missed four free throws, two 3-pointers by Ainge got BYU within 70-67 with 45 seconds left. Two free throws each by Jon  Rakiecki and Nelson sealed the game.

The Cougars double-teamed and denied Nelson in the first half, but Colorado State didn't need him in building a 32-22 lead at the half. Morris came off the bench to score four points in a 12-2 run to close the period after Ainge tied the game at 20 with a 3-pointer with 5:48 left.

BYU hurt itself shooting 19 percent and going 2-for-13 over an eight-minute stretch. The Rams overcame 12 turnovers in the first 20 minutes, including ones on their first four possessions, but were near flawless when Morris came on.


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