3-point shoot­ing helps Shock­ers down Rams

WI­CHITA ST. 82, COLORADO ST. 67

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Sean Star

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.

Brian Smith, The Coloradoan

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.

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