Colorado State takes an difficult defeat in CU Rocky Mountain Showdown

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Collegian | Reuel Indurkar

Guard Jalen Lake (15) shoots a three pointer over a defender at the University of Colorado Boulder basketball game Dec. 8. Lake shot 25% for three pointers made during the game. Colorado State University went on to lose with a final score of 65-93.

Leah Cackowski

Karsyn Lane, Sports Director

For decades, the rivalry has only intensified as the Colorado State University Rams faced the University of Colorado Boulder away in Folsom Field Thursday night in a battle that had been brewing over the Rocky Mountains.

The last time the two rivals met face-to-face in Boulder was on Dec. 1, 2018, when the Rams lost 80-86. Following that year, the two teams battle on the court on Dec. 13, 2019, in Moby Arena. Unfortunately, Colorado State lost 48-56 but were looking for a new outcome this season.

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We were just never able to recover… We had it handed to us tonight.”- head coach, Niko Medved

Surrounded by an echo of Boulder boos, Colorado State was ready to show out in the  Rocky Mountain Showdown. Without hesitating, senior guard John Tonje kicked off the night with a slam dunk putting the Rams up on the scoreboard. As expected, the two teams put on their best performance playing neck-to-neck in the first half. Only five minutes into the match we encountered our first tie, 10-10, one of four in the first half.

Despite being one of the biggest anticipated matchups this season, freshman guard  Taviontae Jackson seemed unphased and delivered eight points in just the first half. Keeping a calm and cool composure, unlike the Boulder crowd, Colorado State kept its eyes on the rim and lead the match 20-18, with 10 minutes left on the clock. In the final moments of the first half, it seemed as if CSU lost its momentum allowing CU to establish a 38-30 lead heading into halftime.

 

As the second half began, senior guard Isaiah Stevens was determined to close the gap, putting up the first five points on the return. Unfortunately for Colorado State, the Buffs held on to their lead tight, pushing it to 53-38 only five minutes into the second half.

Despite CSU’s efforts, the scoreboard gap grew even larger, by the 11th minute of the final half the Buffs led the match 63-43. This 20-point lead stuck and extended for the remainder of the match, ultimately leading to Ram’s losing 93-65.

“We were just never able to recover … We had it handed to us tonight,” said head coach, Niko Medved following the difficult loss.

Regardless of tonight’s loss, this was a huge moment for senior Rams.

“It was a big game, especially coming off an injury. I wanted to do all that I could to make sure I was back for this one. Felt good to be out there, but at the same time, losing isn’t fun,” said Stevens.

CSU Game Leaders: 

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Points: Stevens (15), Jackson (10)

Rebounds: James Moors (4), Isaiah Rivera (4)

Assists: Stevens (3)

Blocks: Moors (2)

Steals: Rivera (2)

The Rams will head back home and prepare for this Sunday’s matchup against Peru State College in Moby Arena at 2 p.m.

Reach Karsyn Lane at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @karsynlane1