The Hogs had a big lead in the second half, then the Rams went on a big run. At that point a bunch of Hog fans were getting war flashbacks to the last trip against Colorado State in football. But the young Hogs showed composure after the run and were able to get out of Colorado with a 98-74 win.
Mason Jones started the game off hot. He hit a trio of threes before the first media timeout and the Hogs were off to a 12-2 lead. The offense continued to work pretty efficiently without Daniel Gafford being heavily involved. Again ball movement was key for them as they had 12 assists on their 17 first half field goals.
The Hogs continued their hot shooting from outside in the second half, getting a couple of threes from Isaiah Joe. They also forced an early timeout with a thunderous dunk from Jalen Harris.
But of course because nothing is easy. The Rams went on a huge second half run. The inexperience on the road scored and the lead that was over 20 points got cut to 67-60 with 12:04 to go.
The Hogs countered with a 13-0 run of their own to give them some more breathing room down the stretch.
This wasn’t Harris’ first game against CSU due to his time at New Mexico, and he had a game to remember against them. 8 points went along with his 11 assists. After a slow start, Gafford asserted himself in the second half, finishing with 12 and 9. Joe and Jones both finished in double figures as well, ending with 14 and 16 respectively. Reggie Chaney finished with 11 and 8 as well.
It was a game they were expected to win and they got the job done. All in all a road win by this big a margin is a good one, especially since it was the first true road game for over the half the roster. Next up is a tougher mid major test in Western Kentucky.