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(Wednesday, March 13th)
Final Score: Colorado State 67, Fresno State 61
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Wes Eikmeier scored 18 points and Greg Smith added 11 as Colorado State downed Fresno State, 67-61, in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament on Wednesday.
Gerson Santo had 10 points and Colton Iverson, who battled foul trouble all game, finished with seven points and five rebounds over 23 minutes for the second-seeded Rams (25-7), who will face third-seeded UNLV in the semifinals on Friday. Colorado State split the season series with the Rebels.
It is the second straight season, and fifth time overall, CSU has reached the semifinals of the MWC Tournament.
Tyler Johnson scored 14 points, while Jerry Brown and Marvelle Harris added 12 points apiece for the seventh-seeded Bulldogs (11-19), who competed in the MWC Tournament for the first time.
Fresno State led 29-26 after a back-and-forth first half, but Colorado State opened the second half with a 9-4 run.
Daniel Bejarno canned back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Rams a 49-42 lead with 9:19 to go.
Fresno State scored seven straight points to make it 55-53 with 2:42 to go, but a pair of Eikmeier free throws made it a four-point game.
After the Bulldogs pulled within two, Jon Octeus split a pair of free throws for a 58-55 lead. Eikmeier then delivered the dagger to Fresno State with a trey from the right wing with 1:03 left.
Harris' three-point play made it 62-60 with 29 seconds left, but the Rams outscored Fresno State 5-1 over the final 24 seconds.
03/13 20:27:24 ET
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