3-point shooting helps Shockers down Rams
WICHITA ST. 82, COLORADO ST. 67
fort collins» Colorado State basketball has ridden a consistently stingy defense to a surprising 6-1 start to the season.
But in their toughest test yet, the Rams were vulnerable on the perimeter in an 82-67 loss to visiting Wichita State on Saturday in front of 6,918 at Moby Arena.
Against a CSU (6-2) team that came in ranked seventh nationally in opponent 3-point percentage (25.0), the Shockers (7-2) went 13of-27 from behind the arc, using a hot shooting stretch midway through the second half to take control of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge contest.
The 13 made 3s by the Shockers were four more than any previous CSU opponent has managed this season. Their shooting percentage of 46.7 was also a season best for a Rams’ foe, becoming just the second opponent to shoot above 40 percent against CSU this year.
Wichita’s 3-point parade was a balanced attack as five different Shockers hit at least two 3s, led by Landry Shamet with three. Their 13 made three-balls were nearly five more than they averaged per game coming in, helping turn what was a close contest for much of the afternoon into a 15-point margin of victory.
“They’re a good team with a huge future,” CSU coach Larry Eustachy said. “I mean, that’s a team you could see in the Final Four.”
Zach Brown led the Shockers with 16 points.
Prentiss Nixon paced the Rams with 20 points, while backcourt mate J.D. Paige added 17 points before fouling out.
Colorado State guard J.D. Paige puts up a shot against Wichita State on Saturday at Moby Arena. Paige scored 17 points before fouling out.