MBB: Free-throw disparity too big in Colorado State Lions loss | SLU lions



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FORT COLLINS, Colorado- The Southeastern Louisiana University men’s basketball team matched Colorado State shot for shot in their duel, but a 13-point lead at the free-throw line with 17 more tries from the stripe for the Rams proved too much for the Lions 80- 69 loss Friday night at Moby Arena.

SLU started slow and fell 23-10 behind, but a three-pointer from Donte Houston sent the Lions on a 10-2 run to close that gap to just 25-20 with a Christian Agnew bucket of just over eight Reduce minutes left in the first half. The Lions continued to close, finishing to just one point just three minutes before the break when Mehdi Pissis sank a three for the 35-34 CSU final score. Mehdi ended the goal at half-time with another three-pointer with 35 seconds left to give Rams the 42-40 result at the break.

Just over three minutes into the second half, the Lions equalized for the first time since going 2-2 when Boogie Anderson came to the edge and scored to tie the score at 46-46. However, the Lions would not be able to leap forward, instead the Rams rebuilt a small lead and extended the lead to nine points at 60-51 with 10 minutes to go.

But on SLU’s subsequent possession, Sami Pissis hit a three while being fouled to give the Lions some momentum. He would convert the free throw to complete the four-point game and reduce the deficit to five. Agnew made a three-point play on Southeastern’s next possession by scoring two free throws. Agnew answered two Colorado State free throws with a three to make it a two-point game at 62-60 with less than 8:45 remaining in the contest. About 90 seconds later Agnew equalized with a knight to 62:62. CSU scored the next four before Sami Pissis chose another three-ball to bring the deficit back to one at 66-65 with 5:30 left.

From that point, it was all Rams on the line as CSU scored the next six to open the scoring and start a 14-4 late-game run to retire.

In his SLU debut, Agnew led the Lions with 14 points, including two threes, and notched four rebounds. Anderson hit a six-shot team-high on his way to 12 points while dishing out seven assists with a team-high. Mehdi Pissis hit his first four shots from the field, all above the three-point arc, to also score 12 points.

SLU hit 12 three-pointers as a team in the competition, hitting 44.4% of their shots from deep while shooting 42.4% from the field overall. While SLU netted just one fewer field goal overall than the Rams, 26-25, they hit four more three-pointers in the game than CSU. The deciding factor was the charity streak, where the Rams were 20 of 27 at the free throw line while the Lions got seven free throws on just 10 attempts.

The Lions (1-1) have no time to lament their first loss of the season as they head to Laramie on Sunday for a date with Wyoming. Sunday’s game tip-off against the Cowboys (2-0) is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. MST, 3:00 p.m. CST in the Arena Auditorium.

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