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Weber State center Handje Tamba (32) defends Colorado State’s Isaiah Rivera (23) in a game Monday, November 14, 2022 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Weber State guard Keith Dinwiddie Jr., left, rises to block a dunk attempt by Colorado State’s Tavionte Jackson in a game Monday, November 14, 2022, in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Weber State guard Keith Dinwiddie Jr. (10) shoots over Colorado State’s John Tonje (1) in a game Monday, November 14, 2022 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Weber State men’s basketball led 9-8 at Colorado State early Monday night but only scored two field goals in the final 15 minutes of the first half to help the Rams to a 77-52 win at Fort Collins, Colorado .

“We kind of had everything against us tonight,” said WSU head coach Eric Duft. “When we had a good offense we missed the shot… that’s going to come, we just have to play better on offense and get the right shots.”

Steven Verplancken Jr. hit a 3-pointer, rare for the Wildcats that night, and Dillon Jones slotted in a floater for those two field goal marks to make it 36-15 at halftime.

Jones got rolling in the second half and recorded his second double-double in three games this season. Jones finished the tournament with 20 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Verplancken was the only other WSU player (1:2) to score 11 double-digit points.

Jones shot 7 of 12 from the field and 2 of 4 from the 3-point line. The rest of the WSU roster shot 2 of 22 from behind the arc until KJ Cunningham hit two threes in the last minute. It looks like newcomer center Daniel Rouzan shot 3 of 3 and everyone else who wasn’t Jones or Rouzan was 9 of 41 off the field.

“We’re trying to integrate all these guys, they’re still looking at where their shots are coming from on our offense and they’re not shooting as confidently as we are,” said Duft. “We have to play with less agenda on offense. And it’s not out of selfishness, but we have guys that we get down and they’re trying to make too many individual plays…it has to be a collective effort.

John Tonje led Colorado State (3-0) with 15 points. Taviante Jackson scored 14 points and Jalen Lake shot 4 of 5 from deep to 12 points.

Sophomore center Alex Tew made his first start from an ankle injury, totaling two points and three rebounds in 10 minutes before leaving with a sprained ankle.

Weber State has a week off before playing the Vegas 4 tournament in Henderson, Nevada, where it is against UC Riverside (1-1), Abilene Christian (1-1) and Wright State (1-1), the latter, lost to Davidson in double overtime before beating Louisville.

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