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Rams rout 13th-ranked Aztecs

Jan 29, 2012 - 12:47 AM Fort Collins, CO (Sports Network) - Wes Eikmeier netted 19 points, leading Colorado State to a 77-60 upset of 13th-ranked San Diego State on Saturday.

Will Bell finished with 17 points and five rebounds while Dorian Green had 12 points for the Rams (14-6, 3-2 Mountain West), who snapped a brief two-game skid. Pierce Hornung had a big day on the glass for Colorado State, pulling down 13 rebounds to go with a modest eight points.

The Rams also snapped a nine-game losing streak to San Diego State.

Jamaal Franklin paced the Aztecs (18-3, 4-1) with a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Chase Tapley and Xavier Thames donated 10 points apiece in the loss. San Diego State had its 11-game winning streak halted.

The game remained close early, with the score tied at 13 with under 13 minutes to play in the opening 20 minutes, but then Colorado State began to put some separation between themselves and San Diego State.

The Rams went on a 17-4 run to get out to a 30-17 lead, capped by a pair of Eikmeier free throws, with seven minutes to play in the first half.

Tapley finally stopped the run with a layup, but the Rams outscored the Aztecs 10-9 over the final seven minutes of action to take a 40-28 advantage into the locker room.

Colorado State opened the second half with an 8-3 flurry to extend its lead to a comfortable 48-31 margin with 13 1/2 minutes to play.

A pair of free throws by Thames with 5:26 left pulled San Diego State within 12, but the Aztecs didn't get any closer.

Colorado State outscored the Aztecs, 37-32, in the second stanza, and forced them to shoot just 9-of-33 (27.3 percent) in the latter 20 minutes en route to the easy win.

"We were beaten today," San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher said. "We played hard. We had a difficult time making shots. Part of that goes to Colorado State and how they guarded. We had a hard time making shots and they made shots. They were 23 of 23 from the free-throw line. Today they were without question the better team."

Game Notes

It was the first time that Colorado State knocked off a top-25 team at home since beating Purdue on December 30, 2003..Colorado State owns a 36-31 advantage over the Aztecs in the all-time series...Colorado State shot 49 percent from the floor and 6-of-13 from beyond the arc, while San Diego State suffered through a miserable shooting day, hitting just 31.3 percent from the floor and 3-of-21 from three-point range...The Rams outrebounded San Diego State, 40-30...The Aztecs got the better of the play inside, scoring 24 points in the paint to only 18 for the Rams...Colorado State guard Kaipo Sabas chipped in with 10 points.