Trailing 30-28 at intermission, the Rams opened the second half with a 10-2 run to lead, 38-32. The Rams led by as many as 16 points in the game before settling for the 14-point margin.
"It was a tale of two halves. It was all Cleveland State the first half," said Rams' coach Dale Layer. "We talked at halftime about tempo." By the time the second half reached the midway point, Colorado State led 51-40. Greene, Birley, and senior forward Quantone Smith had combined for all 23 of the Rams' second half points to that point.
Smith finished with eight points and matched his career high with six rebounds in the game. Colorado State returns to action Monday night, Nov. 25, playing host to Texas A&M-Kingsville at 7 p.m. in Moby Arena.