LAS VEGAS — Isaiah Stevens had 16 points as Colorado State got past Fresno State 72-62 in the Mountain West Conference Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday night.
The third-seeded Rams (18-5) play No. 2 seed Utah State in the semifinals Friday.
David Roddy and Kendle Moore added 15 points each for Colorado State. Roddy also had seven rebounds for the Rams, who were up by only one point with less than seven minutes to go when the game turned on the missed front end of a one-and-one for Fresno.
Instead of taking a one-point lead, Fresno’s Kyle Harding missed the free throw, P.J. Byrd found a cutting Adam Thistlewood for a dunk on the other end, and the Rams slowly pulled away.
Thistlewood had 10 points and seven rebounds for Colorado State (18-5), which remains firmly on the NCAA Tournament bubble.
Orlando Robinson had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (12-12). Deon Stroud added 15 points but was plagued by foul trouble throughout. Junior Ballard had 12 points.
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