Colorado State beats Fresno State 78-62 behind Paige's 23
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- J.D. Paige scored 23 points with a career-high five 3-pointers, Gian Clavell added 19 points with four 3s, and Colorado State beat defending Mountain West Conference champion Fresno State 78-62 on Saturday to win its third straight.
The Rams opened the second half on a 16-4 run, capped by Braden Koelliker's layup, to extend their lead to 47-33. The Rams led by as much as 24 after Clavell's free throw with 7:25 left.
Emmanuel Omogbo scored 17 points, Nico Carvacho tied his career best with 11 rebounds, and the Rams (17-9, 9-4) scored 22 points off of 19 Bulldogs turnovers.
Omogbo scored seven straight to put the Rams up 18-14, but the Bulldogs rallied to a 27-26 lead after Jaron Hopkins' dunk capped a 9-2 run. Paige hit a 3 for a 31-29 Colorado State halftime lead.
Taylor scored 19 and Hopkins added 18 for the Bulldogs (14-11, 6-7), who have lost three straight.