The Mountain West got its first win of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night when the Colorado State Rams defeated Missouri, 84-72, in Lexington, Ky.
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The Rams took control early, building a 20-9 lead and scoring 47 first-half points on their way to a nine-point halftime lead.
Guard Dorian Green led Colorado State with 26 points, including a 11-of-12 shooting performance from the foul line. He was one of four Rams in double figures.
To make matters worse for the Tigers, Colorado State controlled the paint all night. Colton Iverson led the way on the glass, grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds. For a while, he was outrebounding the entire Missouri team, which lost the rebounding battle, 36-18, and managed just three offensive boards all night.
The loss signals the end of what was a lost season for the Tigers. They came into the year with high expectations and Final Four aspirations, but dropped some unexplainable games in conference play and were unable to recover in time.The Rams, meanwhile, move on to face Louisville on Saturday in the round of 32.