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Colorado 56, Colorado State 48

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Shane Gatling scored a season-high 20 points and had a big block down the stretch to help No. 24 Colorado hold off Colorado State 56-48 after squandering a 16-point lead.

Leading 33-17 with 16:41 remaining, the Buffaloes (8-2) couldn't close out a cold-shooting Rams team that suddenly found their touch. Colorado State tied the game at 39 with 7:18 left.

Moments later, Gatling had a bucket to put the Buffaloes ahead for good. He also blocked a shot by Nico Carvacho down the stretch and then sealed the win with two late free throws.

The Rams (7-6) rebounded from a sluggish start in which they shot 17.9% during the first half and scored just 12 points.

Gatling appeared to hit a big shot when he banked in a 3-pointer just as the shot clock expired with 7:30 remaining. It put the Buffaloes up 42-37. But the officials went to the monitor and ruled Gatling didn't get the shot off in time, keeping it a one-score game. Colorado State tied it up on the next possession.

The Rams were 2 of 22 from 3-point range in a contest in which they never led.

McKinley Wright IV added eight rebounds and three assists for the Buffaloes, who will more than likely fall out of the rankings after a loss to Northern Iowa earlier in the week.

Carvacho finished with nine points and 10 rebounds for the Rams.

Colorado State held Wright and Bey to a combined 11 points and below their season averages. But it wasn't enough.

The opening half was anything but pretty for Colorado State, which missed all 10 attempts from 3-point land. Although the Buffaloes led 27-12 at the break, it could've been more if not for their 12 turnovers.

The 12 points were the fewest allowed in the first half by Colorado since holding Utah to 11 on Dec 31, 2011. That was the Buffaloes' first game in the Pac-12 and they won 73-33.

Associated Press

December 13, 2019