USC Upstate Athletics
Fort Collins, Colo. – Antwan Scott scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Colorado State Rams to an 89-61 victory over the USC Upstate men’s basketball team Monday evening in non-conference action from Moby Arena.
Upstate falls to 3-11 on the season while Colorado State improves to 7-5.
Josh Cuthbertson and Philip Whittington led the Spartans offensively as the duo recorded 11 points each, while Deion Holmes added 10. Malik Moore grabbed a career-high eight rebounds and Jure Span contributed four assists for the third straight game.
Scott was one of five Rams to finish in double-figures while also posting a game-high nine rebounds. John Gillon dished out eight assists and Prentiss Nixon five.
Upstate trailed Colorado State 4-0 early as Emmanuel Omogbo connected on two free throws and Scott added a layup with 17:36 left. The Rams led 6-3 before the Spartans used a three from Holmes to tie the game at 6-6 over a minute later.
Colorado State responded by going on a 13-0 run over the next 3:22 to go ahead 19-6 capped by a three-pointer from J.D. Page. Michael Buchanan halted the CSU run with a free throw. The Rams led by as many as 15 in the first half when a three by Nixon made the score 24-9 at the 10:32 mark.
Upstate got as close as nine after that when, with 7:16 remaining in the half, Whittington’s free throw cut its deficit to 28-19. The Spartans stayed within 13 the rest of the half and held Colorado State scoreless over the final 3:23, heading into halftime trailing 41-31. Ramel Thompkins made it a 10-point contest following his triple with 1:35 to go.
Upstate outscored the Rams 7-4 to start the second half and trailed by just seven, 45-38, on a three by Cunningham less than three minutes into the period. Cunningham kept the Spartans within single-digits over two minutes later when his jumper made the score 49-40.
Colorado State broke the game open courtesy of a 25-4 run covering nearly eight minutes and led 74-44 with 7:33 remaining on a layup by Kimani Jackson. The Rams took their largest lead of the game at 83-50 on another basket by Jackson at the 4:48 mark.
Upstate closed the game out on a 9-4 run over the final 4:11 to put the final score at 89-61. Buchanan scored five of his eight points over the last four minutes, while Holmes hit two free throws with nine seconds left.
The Spartans finished the game shooting 38.5% (20-of-52) and went 13-of-18 at the charity stripe for a 72.2% clip. Colorado State posted a 54.7% (29-of-53) shooting percentage as a team.
Upstate returns to the Hodge Center on Wednesday, Dec. 30 as it hosts Lees-McRae at 7:30 p.m.