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Rams coast to blowout victory over San Jose State behind 16 threes

No Moby, no problem.

The Colorado State Rams have struggled away from home to say the least. Before Wednesday night’s clash in San Jose, CSU had only one true road victory to its name this season.

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Above all, consistently putting the ball in the net has been a tough task for the Rams outside Fort Collins. Despite averaging 75 points per game collectively, the green and gold muster only 63 points each road contest on average. Accumulating points wasn’t an issue for the Rams against the Spartans though, as CSU brushed plenty of nylon en-route to a 91-70 victory over SJSU. 

Paired with dominance on the boards, six CSU players reached double-figures scoring while the Rams shot 59.3 percent overall. Specifically, Colorado State’s production beyond the arc was too much for SJSU to overcome. The Rams converted 16-33 attempts from 3-point range, marking their most triples since also knocking 16 down against Colorado Christian in the season-opener.

Redshirt junior guard Kris Martin and freshman forward Adam Thistlewood highlighted the success from deep. Both notched career highs with five 3-pointers, as Martin contributed a game-high 19 points to lead the Rams.

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Kris Martin (30) shoots from just outside the key at the end of the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. The Razorbacks scored the first points of the game and CSU never took the lead, ending the game 74-98. (Josh Schroeder | Collegian)

CSU got off to a hot start and never looked back on Wednesday night. An early 9-0 run in which Martin added seven quick points gave the Rams a 12-5 advantage about three minutes into the game. CSU led for 38:23 against SJSU.

Although the Rams never surrendered the lead after going down 5-3 in the opening minutes, things briefly became interesting later in the first half. Trailing 23-15, San Jose State assembled a 7-0 run to nearly pull even with a little less than six minutes remaining in the frame.

As the Rams did all night, they immediately responded on both ends. CSU increased its lead to double-digits for the first time of the game only about two minutes later. Carvacho, who totaled 18 points and 19 rebounds, wrestled down a board before making a cross-court pass to J.D. Paige, who concluded the fast-break with a slam.

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J.D Paige (22) hammers home a dunk during the 1st half of the Rams 76-71 loss to Air Force. (Javon Harris | Collegian)

Less than one minute later, Paige sunk a 3-pointer to give CSU a 33-22 lead. The green and gold kept the pedal to the metal from there and went to the locker room leading 42-29.

CSU quickly put the score out of reach in the second half. The Rams continued to assert themselves from deep right out of the gate over the final 20 minutes. Martin and Thistlewood each sunk a three in the opening minute of the half, increasing CSU’s cushion to 48-31.

Overall, Thistlewood contributed 16 points. Freshman Kendle Moore and Paige both converted twice from downtown, as the two guards added 13 and 11 points. Redshirt junior guard Anthony Masinton-Bonner scored 10 points off the bench to round out CSU’s scoring brigade.

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The victory improved the Rams to 10-16 (5-8) this season and puts them in an eighth-place tie with the University of New Mexico in the Mountain West. Up next CSU will seek redemption against Wyoming when they host the Cowboys on Saturday at 12 p.m. MT.

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

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