In a heart-stopping showdown that saw a constant tug of war for dominance, Saint Mary's carved out a surprising victory over the 13th-ranked Colorado State in a nonconference basketball game on Saturday. The match, held in Fort Collins, Colorado, ended with a nail-biting score of 64-61, solidifying Saint Mary's prowess on the court.
Saint Mary's Triumphs Despite Losing Marciulionis
The game was a testament to Saint Mary's resilience, especially with the exit of their star player, Augustas Marciulionis. Marciulionis, who had a career-high 18-point performance, was ousted from the game due to fouls when the score was levelled. Despite this setback, Saint Mary's held their ground, maintaining their lead and ultimately securing the win.
Key Contributions Seal the Victory
Joshua Jefferson played a crucial role in shaping the outcome of the game, contributing 16 points and 13 rebounds. His unforgettable 3-pointer was a game changer, shifting the momentum in favour of Saint Mary's. Adding to this, Aidan Mahaney's contribution of 10 points, including critical free throws in the dying moments of the game, played a pivotal role in the Gaels' victory.
Colorado State's Valiant Effort
Despite suffering their first loss of the season, Colorado State put up a valiant effort. Isaiah Stevens led the team with 20 points, while Patrick Cartier and Nique Clifford contributed 16 and 15 points respectively. Clifford also managed 11 rebounds, proving his worth on both ends of the court. Colorado State, who had recently reached their highest ranking in program history, started strong but couldn't hold off the relentless comeback from Saint Mary's.
The tension was palpable in the final seconds of the game, with Colorado State missing two crucial 3-point attempts that could have turned the tables. However, Saint Mary's resilience saw them through, ensuring they held on to their hard-fought win. This game will surely be remembered for its thrilling twists and turns, and as a testament to the sheer power of perseverance.