Mar 21, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Colorado State Rams guard Dorian Green (22) makes a lay up against the Missouri Tigers in the first half during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament: Colorado State Rams 84 - Missouri Tigers 72

Tonight the #8 seed Colorado State Rams took on the #9 seed Missouri Tigers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  Colorado State opened the game firing on all cylinders as they made their first five shots and acquired a double-digit lead.  Missouri struggled shooting early and it appeared the game might get away from them.  They were able to settle down, however, and trimmed Colorado State’s lead to nine by halftime.  In the first half, Colorado State shot 57% from the field, made six three-pointers, and made all 11 of their free throws.

Missouri came out of the second half a different team.  They applied greater pressure on Colorado State and connected on their first few shots.  Missouri’s effort was futile as Colorado State played just as aggressive and continued to shoot at a high percentage.  Then Colorado State’s firepower began to wear on Missouri.  Missouri trailed by as many as 17 points and were being beaten in nearly every facet of the game.  They weren’t able to sustain any consistency and were out rebounded by 23.  Despite their poor play, Missouri was able to cut Colorado State’s lead to single-digits; but they couldn’t complete the comeback.  Colorado State had four players in double-digit scoring and were led  by Dorian Green, who had 26 points.  Missouri also had four players in double-digit scoring and were led by Phil Pressey, who had 20 points.

Colorado State advances to the third round of the tournament and will play Louisville on Saturday.

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