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N. Colorado 66, Colorado St. 75

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- Jason Smith scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds, while Stuart Creason and Tyler Smith added 17 points each as Colorado State beat Northern Colorado 75-66 Wednesday night.

Colorado State (6-2) overcame a five-point deficit late in the second half with 50 percent shooting after shooting just 37.9 percent in the first half. Corey Lewis scored 11 points and had 11 rebounds for the Rams.

Sean Taibi scored 23 points and Kirk Archibeque had 17 for Northern Colorado (1-8). The Bears trailed 30-28 at halftime but had built a 51-46 lead with 9:31 left in the game.

CSU's defense forced several turnovers in the final minutes of the game and hit its final 15 free throws to erase the deficit and build its lead.