The Colorado State Rams dominated the No. 13 San Diego State Aztecs (18-3) Saturday afternoon and came away with a 77-60 win.
The Colorado State Rams (14-6) had something to prove after being dominated on the road by their last two conference opponents—Wyoming and New Mexico—by a combined 52 points.
The Rams were lead by senior Will Bell, who was good for 17 points and five boards.
Junior Wes Eikmeier pitched in with 19 points, and fellow junior Greg Smith had eight points and eight boards.
The Aztecs (18-3) failed to take advantage of the 3-point ball, as they were only 3-21 from long range. The Rams, on the other hand, were 6-13 from behind the arc and continue to be one of the top teams in the nation from distance.
This win helps the Rams' chances for an at-large bid to the Big Dance this season—they're now 3-2, after losing their last two previous games.
The Rams, who picked up their first win against a ranked opponent since Air Force in 2003, had looked sluggish against two good conference opponents on the road this season, with poor shooting from guards Dorian Green and Wes Eikmeier—two of the Rams leading scorers.
The Rams dominated at the charity stripe, as well, knocking down an astounding 23-of-23 from the free-throw line.
The Aztecs, who were previously on a 38-game win streak against unranked opponents, can look past this loss and focus on their next opponents—Boise State and TCU, who should both be easy wins for one of the top teams in the Mountain West Conference.
This season the, MWC has continued to be one of the best conferences in basketball, similar to last season. The MWC is sixth in the nation in RPI, ahead of conferences such as the ACC, Pac-12, MVC and A-10.
The Rams will look to build after this RPI-building win, and look towards their next opponent, No. 12 UNLV—in Las Vegas—which will be not easy contest for either team.
The Mountain West will continue to be a conference drawing interest from voters across the country as MWC teams fight for spots in the NCAA tournament late in the season.