No day at the beach as Rams rally for vic­tory


The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Sean Star

FORT COLLINS» A trip to Ja­maica in mid Novem­ber is cer­tainly en­tic­ing. And for the Colorado State bas­ket­ball team, maybe a lit­tle too en­tic­ing for ... much of Tues­day night’s game against Winthrop.

The Rams were due to leave for the Caribbean is­land around 2 a.m. Wed­nes­day morn­ing. But hours be­fore that, they had to face the de­fend­ing Big South cham­pi­ons. Per­haps a bit dis­tracted by their up­com­ing travel plans, Colorado State fell down by 14 points early in the sec­ond half be­fore storm­ing back for an 8076 vic­tory at Moby Arena.

The Rams moved to 2-0 for the young sea­son and will con­tinue the Ja­maica Clas­sic on Fri­day in Ja­maica against Tu­lane, fol­lowed by a matchup with Florida State on Sun­day.

Ju­nior guard Pren­tiss Nixon scored 13 of his team-best 16 points to help spark the sec­ond-half come­back, an ef­fort aided by first-year Rams Deion James (14 points) and Raquan Mitchell (11), a pair of ju­nior col­lege trans­fers who gave the team a huge lift off the bench. Nico Car­va­cho added 11 points and grabbed a ca­reer-high 20 re­bounds to help CSU to a 51-29 edge on the glass.

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