"It was sloppy in some ways, but hopefully it will prepare us for the rest of the week," said Rams' coach Dale Layer.
The Rams, now 4-0, play on the road Wednesday night at Southern Illinois, and then finish the two-game trip at Arkansas-Little Rock Saturday. Southern Illinois advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
"This is easily the toughest week of the non-conference season for us."
Monday night, Layer gave his team a final test before the road trip. He watched as forward Brian Greene, a senior from Thornton, Colo., matched the Mountain West Conference record for most consecutive games scoring in double figures, 30. The record is also held by former CSU forward Ceedric Goodwyn.
One of the things that pleased Layer about Monday's game was the return of center Matt Nelson to the lineup. He had missed the last game and played in only one of the team's first three contests while nursing ankle and hip injuries.
"One of the goals tonight was to get the rust off Nelson," said Layer. Swingman Ronnie Clark led the Rams with 14 points, and matched his career high with seven rebounds in the game.