No. 23 Colorado State ekes by Utah State in MWC Quarters

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chandler Jacobs banked the winning field goal with 1.8 seconds left and the No. 23 Colorado State held off Utah State 53-51 Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference.

Isaiah Stevens drove the lane in the dying seconds and then drove through the paint to Jacobs, who made a decisive layup.

Jacobs only played 14½ minutes and had no points going into the final shot.

“It’s just a next game mentality,” Stevens said. “I feel like that says a lot about who he is as a person and who we are as a program. … As long as there’s time on the clock, you still have a chance to make things happen.

Stevens led the Rams (25-4) with 14 points and seven rebounds, and MWC Player of the Year David Roddy added 13 points and six boards.

Brandon Horvath led Utah State (18-15) with 17 points, and Justin Bean had 15 points and 13 rebounds. In the end, they just found one game less than their opponent.

“I’m proud of our guys who found a way to win tonight,” coach Niko Medved said. “A bit normal for the course, no? The first two games were all about final possession, we just didn’t want to feel left out.

Stevens put Colorado State ahead 51-47 with 56 seconds left before the Aggies scored four straight points. Bean then tied with two free throws with 13 seconds left, before Jacobs killed his upset chance moments later. Finally, Utah State threw a desperate 3 all-court after Jacobs’ basket.

Utah State held the Rams to just 28 points in the first half and made it tough for CSU all around the floor. Between an aggressive effort from Roddy and a productive outing from Stevens, the Rams ultimately had too much firepower for the seventh-seeded Aggies.

The Rams shot 43% from the floor and 17% from deep. The Aggies, on the other hand, shot 41% from the floor but only 7% from 3 points.


CSU will face the winner of the San Diego State-Fresno State game in the semifinals on Friday night.


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