Colorado 82

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Colorado State 83

(2-0, 1-0 home)

    10:00 PM ET, November 21, 2005

    Moby Arena, Fort Collins, Colorado

    1 2 T
    COLO 43 3982
    CSU 40 4383

    Top Performers

    Colorado: M. Freeman 17 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Colorado St: S. Morris 34 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Colorado State 83, Colorado 82

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- Sean and Michael Morris made the Rocky Mountain Rivalry a family affair.

    Sean, a sophomore, scored a career-best 34 points and tied a school record with nine 3-pointers, then watched his older brother, Michael, a senior, sink two critical free throws with 10 seconds left in Colorado State's 83-82 win over Colorado on Monday night.

    "Michael's a clutch guy and I was not hesitant to put the ball in Michael's hands. And certainly Sean was the difference in the game," Rams coach Dale Layer said after beating the Buffs for the first time in six tries. "And Sean's capable every night of that, but who would have thought that he would have done that on this kind of a stage?"

    The Rams (2-0) almost ruined the brothers' big night by giving the game away.

    After the elder Morris' free throws made it 83-80, Chris Copeland inexplicably dished it inside to Martane Freeman, whose dunk made it 83-82.

    "I can't explain," Copeland said. "Should have shot it."

    But after a time-out with 2.3 seconds left, Cory Lewis' inbounds pass bounced off 7-foot center Jason Smith, giving the Buffs the ball with 1.5 seconds left underneath their own basket.

    On the frenetic final play, Rams forward Michael Harrison tipped Marcus Hall's inbounds pass to Smith, who dribbled out the clock, securing the Rams' 25th straight home opening victory and their first win over the Buffs since 1999, setting off a wild celebration at Moby Arena, where the students stormed the court.

    "It was kind of crazy, all the energy and the excitement, we turn the ball over and then get it back," Michael Morris said. "It's just kind a sign we were meant to win this one. We worked too hard for this."

    Said Hall: "It was the last 10 seconds that lost the game."

    Which led to a surreal scene with students streaming out of the stands at Moby Arena.

    "I don't know who they are but I'm sure glad they didn't go home" for Thanksgiving week, Layer said. "If they want to come to the house and eat, I'll be glad to feed them on Thursday if they're still around."

    Freeman's 17 points off the bench and Copeland's 16 points led the Buffs (1-1), who saw a 74-66 lead with 7½ minutes vanish when the Rams turned up their pressure defense.

    Smith added 16 points for the Rams (2-0), who also got 10 points each from Harrison and Lewis.

    But the night clearly belonged to the Morris brothers.

    "I loved it," Sean said of watching Michael go to the line with the game on the line.

    "I had faith that he was going to make that. He's got ice water in his veins, he's a vet," Sean Morris said. "He's been here four years. He's always calm. He never gets rattled."

    Michael, who had five points and seven assists, said watching his little brother go off on the Buffaloes was something special.

    Sean Morris' previous career best was a 31-point performance against UNLV last season.

    "I knew he could do it because he did it last year in Vegas, did it all through high school," Michael Morris said. "Any given night, if he gets that hot, you're just going to have a tough night on defense."

    Hall said Sean Morris "had an unbelievable game, don't see how you can lose him after he made his first five 3s but we did."

    "Sure, we broke down some," Buffs coach Ricardo Patton said. "But there were also some times that we had hands in his face and he hit some big shots. So, I think it's a combination of all that. I don't think it was just us playing poorly. That's what players do. They make plays, and tonight was his night."

    And what little brother started, older brother finished.

    "It feels great to get on the free throw line having a chance to win, that's what everybody lives for," Michael Morris said.

    After Freeman's dunk made it a one-point game and the Rams turned the ball over, Smith went from possible goat to hero when the ball ended up in his hands as the buzzer sounded.

    "It was the best feeling in the world," Smith said.

    And the Morris brothers embraced, savoring the most memorable moment of their collegiate careers.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 82 83
    FG Made-Attempted 32-61 (.525) 26-50 (.520)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-18 (.389) 13-25 (.520)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-19 (.579) 18-26 (.692)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 7

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