Rams Drop Heartbreaker at BYU, 50-49

PROVO, Utah (AP) – Mike Hall scored 16 points, including a key basket near the end, to lead Brigham Young past Colorado State 50-49 Monday.

Hall hit a 3-pointer with 2:18 remaining to break a 47-47 tie, and the Cougars held the Rams to one basket in the final two minutes to claim the win. The victory keeps BYU (9-16, 3-7 Mountain West) out of the conference basement and gives the Cougars a two-game cushion over last place CSU (9-14, 1-9). The Rams have now lost 19 straight road games, and eight in a row overall.

Down nine early in the second half, CSU outscored the Cougars 20-10 to take a one point lead at 41-40 with 7:51 remaining. BYU reclaimed the lead at 43-41 on a basket by Jared Jensen and never trailed again. BYU won despite losing the rebounding battle 43-29. The Rams had 21 second chance points on 19 offensive rebounds. CSU's Matt  Nelson had a game high 12 rebounds.

Nelson and Stuart Creason lead the Rams in double figures with 10 and 11 points respectively. Austin Ainge had 10 points for the Cougars.

In the first half, CSU jumped out to a 9-0 lead, but BYU fought back and finished the half on a 13-2 run to capture a 27-21 lead at the break. Ainge and Hall led the run with six and five points respectively. Ainge had four turnovers in the first half alone, but the Rams, who struggled to hold onto the ball, had 13 as a team to BYU's nine in the opening period.

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