Feb. 25, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Michael Harrison scored a career-high 28 points and Corey Lewis had a game-saving block as Colorado State overcame foul trouble to beat Wyoming 80-78 in the 203rd meeting of the Border War.
Wyoming (12-15, 5-9 Mountain West) closed the game on an 18-7 run. Brandon Ewing was fouled on a made 3-pointer with 8.1 seconds remaining, pulling the Cowboys within two. He missed the free throw, but Freddy Robinson missed two free throws at the other end, giving Wyoming one last chance.
Ewing got off a final 3-pointer from the corner with 2 seconds left, but Lewis blocked it to seal the win.
Robinson scored 18 points, and Lewis had 10 for Colorado State (15-12, 4-10).
Brad Jones led Wyoming with 20 points, and Ewing had 16.
The Border War lived up to its billing. Wyoming coach Steve McClain was given a technical foul early in the second half after loudly protesting a no-call. An instant later - the Rams hadn't even had time to pick a player to shoot the technical free throws - Ewing and Colorado State's Andrew Patterson were called for a double-technical for an exchange of words at half court. Wyoming's Brad Jones was called for a technical in the first half.
And fouls took a toll on the Rams. Jason Smith, who came in leading CSU with 17 points per game, had come out with his fourth foul just 2 minutes into the second half. With 9:32 left, Sean Morris had also picked up four fouls, and Robinson, Patterson and Stuart Creason each had three. Smith would eventually foul out with just nine points.
But Wyoming couldn't capitalize at the free throw line, hitting just 7-of-18 in the second half.
Colorado State pulled away early in the first half on the strength of Harrison's inside game. The game was tied 10-10 when the Rams went on a 15-4 run - including seven points from Harrison - to take a 25-14 lead.
Wyoming cut the lead 35-29 on Kevin Lewis's pull-up jumper. But a 3-pointer from Robinson and free throw from Smith put the Rams up 39-29.
Steve Leven's running jumper with 2 seconds left brought the Cowboys back within 41-35 at halftime.
Wyoming still leads the series 124-79, including a 72-67 win earlier this year in Fort Collins, Colo.