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Colorado State 83, Arkansas Tech 56

12/31/2005 - Colorado State Rams

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- Stuart Creason had 16 points and 14
rebounds to lead Colorado State to an 83-56 victory over Division
II Arkansas Tech Friday night.

Jason Smith added 14 points as 11 players scored for Colorado
State (11-2) in its final tuneup for the Mountain West Conference
schedule. The Rams have won nine consecutive home games and are off
to their best start since opening the 1997-98 campaign 12-1.

Denarryl Rice had five, 3-pointers and 19 points and Joel
Casseus 15 points for Arkansas Tech (9-2), which had its seven-game
winning streak ended. Arkansas Tech shot only 36 percent for the
game and was 9-for-37 shooting in the second half.

Arkansas Tech played the Rams close for a half before appearing
to run out of gas in the second half.

With 3:50 left in the first half and three straight 3-pointers
by Rice, Arkansas Tech led 30-24. Sean Morris hit a 3-pointer that
awakened the Rams, which went into a 10-0 run to give them the
lead, 34-30. They took a 41-34 advantage into intermission when
they closed the half with a second 3-pointer by Sean Morris and
Jason Smith's dunk.

Colorado State held its guests to 2-for-19 shooting in the first
12 minutes and 17 seconds of the second half, giving up only a
3-pointer to Casseus and a rebound basket by Ike Ohanson. Michael
Morris' dunk capped a 16-5 run over that stretch to put the Rams up
67-39.

Creason's layup and free throw gave Colorado State it's biggest
lead, 74-41, with 6:40 left. With 3-pointers by Rose and John
Bateman, Arkansas Tech outscored the Rams 15-12 over the final six
minutes.