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Mountain West honors J.D. Paige after resurgent second week

Colorado State redshirt senior guard, J.D. Paige, has been named Mountain West men’s basketball player of the week per an announcement by the conference on Monday.

Paige received the weekly honor for the first time in his collegiate career after leading the Rams to an 81-77 victory over Montana State University last Wednesday.

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The fifth-year guard led all CSU scorers in the dramatic win with 23 points on 9-16 shooting. Paige matched career-highs in both points and shots made against the Bobcats.

The Denver, Colorado native chipped in 14 of his points in the second half and was the Rams’ most effective player during the final 20 minutes.

Paige tied the score at 69 with under 30 minutes by making a layup upon receiving contact, proceeding to complete the 3-point play. With under two minutes remaining, Paige converted a short jumper to even the score back up at 71.

Paige’s dribble-drive and production within the arc were close to perfect against the Bobcats as he made 8-9 two-point shots.

In total, Paige is averaging 18.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and four rebounds per game in two games played this season. The guard was forced to sit out CSU’s season-opening game against Colorado Christian University. Paige was serving the final game of a suspension received late last season.

Paige scored 14 points on 5-6 shooting in his season debut against the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff Nov. 10. The guard also tied a career-high with six assists against the Golden Lions.

The Rams are back in action today at 2 p.m. MT against the University of Louisiana as bracket play of the Gulf Coast Showcase commences.

CSU will look to stay perfect this season against a favored Louisiana program that returns the majority of its production from a season ago.

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Eddie Herz can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @Eddie_Herz.

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DEVIN CORNELIUS, Digital Managing Editor
Devin Cornelius is the digital managing editor for The Collegian. He is a fifth-year computer science major from Austin, Texas. He moved to Colorado State University and started working for The Collegian in 2017 as a photographer. His passion for photography began in high school, so finding a photography job in college was one of his top priorities. He primarily takes sports photos, volleyball being his favorite to shoot. Having been on The Collegian staff for 4 1/2 years, he's watched the paper evolve from a daily to a weekly paper, and being involved in this transition is interesting and exciting. Although Cornelius is a computer science major, his time at The Collegian has been the most fulfilling experience in his college career — he has loved every second. From working 12-hour days to taking photos in Las Vegas for the Mountain West Conference, he cannot think of a better place to work. Working as a photographer for The Collegian pushed him outside of his comfort zone, taking him places that he never expected and making him the photographer he is today. As the digital managing editor, Cornelius oversees the photos, graphics and social media of The Collegian along with other small tech things. Working on the editorial staff with Katrina Leibee and Serena Bettis has been super fun and extremely rewarding, and together they have been pushing The Collegian toward being an alt-weekly. Outside of The Collegian, he enjoys playing volleyball, rugby, tumbling and a variety of video games. When in Austin, you can find him out on the lake, wake surfing, wake boarding and tubing. You can expect that Cornelius and the rest of The Collegian staff will do their best to provide you with interesting and exciting content.

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