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Green helps Colorado State slip by Air Force
Colorado Springs, CO (Sports Network) - Dorian Green scored 22 points and Wes Eikmeier added 19 as 24th-ranked Colorado State held off Air Force, 89-86, on Saturday.
Greg Smith dropped in 16 points, Colton Iverson scored 15 and Pierce Hornung added 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Rams (21-4, 8-2 MWC), who have rattled off six straight wins.
Michael Lyons poured in a game-high 45 points on 17-of-25 shooting -- 6-of-13 from 3-point range -- for the Falcons (15-9, 6-5), losers in three of their last four.
Colorado State led, 66-60, midway through the second half, and quickly pushed the lead to double digits, 70-60, following Green's jumper.
Air Force countered with a 7-2 swing to make it 72-67 with 6:07 to play.
Lyons' layup with 3 1/2 minutes remaining cut the Falcons' deficit to 75-72, but the Rams scored the next seven points to push the lead to 82-72 with just over one minute left.
Fletcher canned a trey before Lyons' 3-point play made it 82-78 with 44 ticks showing, but a pair of Green free throws made it a six point game moments later.
The Rams then went 5-for-8 from the line to take an 88-80 lead with 18 seconds left, but Marek Olesinski's 3-pointer made it a five-point game to keep Air Force's hopes alive.
Smith then split a pair from the free throw line before Lyons drained a deep three with just over three seconds left, but the Rams were able to avoid being fouled and dribbled off the remaining seconds.
Iverson's dunk gave Colorado State a 17-12 lead just six minutes into the game, but Lyons canned three consecutive 3-pointers to go up 21-19 two minutes later.
The Rams outscored Air Force, 14-10 over the next eight minutes to go up 34-31 before closing the half on a 14-9 surge to go into the break leading 48-40.
Colorado State went 26-for-34 from the free throw line ... The Rams won the rebounding battle by a 39-23 margin ... Air Force went 13-for-31 from 3-point range ... The Falcons went just 7-for-12 from the free throw line.
02/16 19:27:43 ET
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