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Sports / Recreation

Rams shock Rebels home and away

January 15, 2009

On Wednesday night, both the men's and women's basketball teams got their first conference victories, both against the UNLV Runnin' Rebels.

Andy OgideMen's Basketball

On Wednesday night at Moby Arena, the Colorado State men’s basketball program got the signature win it had been looking for in the Tim Miles era. In front of a 2,757 energetic fans, the Rams knocked off the two-time defending Mountain West Conference champion UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, 71-69.

“At the end of the day we desperately needed a win like this,” said Head Coach Tim Miles. “I was proud of the kids. I thought they played with great energy, great enthusiasm and great passion. This is a great win. UNLV is a great program. At the end of the year, they’re going to be one of those teams in the NCAA tournament, but this is huge for this program.”

The dramatic win gave the Rams their first regular-season conference win since an 86-68 victory against Wyoming at Moby Arena on Feb. 24, 2007 – a stretch of 19 straight games.

Women’s Basketball

Senior guard Kandy Beemer poured in a career-high 25 points to lead the Colorado State women’s basketball team to a 70-69 road victory over the UNLV Lady Rebels on Wednesday night. Beemer shot lights out, hitting 7-for-11 from three-point range to tie an arena record in front of 567 fans at Cox Pavilion. With the win, the Rams improve to 6-10 (1-2 MWC), while UNLV falls to 7-9 (0-3 MWC).

The win marks the Rams’ first regular-season conference victory since Feb. 2, 2007 at San Diego State, and is CSU’s first regular-season conference road win since Jan. 4, 2007 at Air Force.

“For us to gut it out, and pull out the win is really big for this team,” said Head Coach Kristen Holt following the Rams’ victory.

Next up

The men’s team travels to Utah for a 4 p.m. game against the Utes on Saturday. The women’s team hopes to carry their momentum back home when they also play Utah at 1 p.m. Saturday at Moby Arena.