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              === Green helps Colorado State slip by Air Force ===
 
 Colorado  Springs, CO (Sports Network) - Dorian Green scored 22 points and Wes
 Eikmeier  added 19 as 24th-ranked Colorado State held off Air Force, 89-86, on
 Saturday.
 
 Greg  Smith dropped  in 16 points, Colton Iverson scored 15 and Pierce Hornung
 added 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Rams (21-4, 8-2 MWC), who have rattled
 off six straight wins.
 
 "This is our third road win in league and we had one last year. So, our team
 has bought in totally to how to win," said Colorado State head coach Larry
 Eustachy. "I'd like to have had the game end quicker it seemed like it was
 there forever."
 
 Michael  Lyons poured in a game-high 45 points on 17-of-25 shooting -- 6-of-13
 from  3-point range  -- for the Falcons  (15-9, 6-5), losers in three of their
 last four.
 
 "Has anybody ever seen an individual performance like that? That was pretty
 good wasn't it? Even his misses were exciting," said Falcons head coach Dave
 Pilipovich. "Is there any way we can get him another year? This disappointing
 part is that it would have been great to highlight after a win."
 
 Colorado  State led, 66-60, midway through the second half, and quickly pushed
 the lead to double digits, 70-60, following Green's jumper.
 
 Air Force countered with a 7-2 swing to make it 72-67 with 6:07 to play.
 
 Lyons'  layup with  3 1/2 minutes remaining cut the Falcons' deficit to 75-72,
 but  the Rams scored the next seven points to push the lead to 82-72 with just
 over one minute left.
 
 Fletcher  canned a trey before Lyons' 3-point play made it 82-78 with 44 ticks
 showing,  but  a pair of  Green free  throws made it  a six point game moments
 later.
 
 The Rams then went 5-for-8 from the line to take an 88-80 lead with 18 seconds
 left,  but  Marek Olesinski's 3-pointer made  it a five-point game to keep Air
 Force's hopes alive.
 
 Smith  then split a  pair from the free throw line before Lyons drained a deep
 three with just over three seconds left, but the Rams were able to avoid being
 fouled and dribbled off the remaining seconds.
 
 Iverson's  dunk  gave Colorado  State a  17-12 lead just  six minutes into the
 game, but Lyons canned three consecutive 3-pointers to go up 21-19 two minutes
 later.
 
 The Rams outscored Air Force, 14-10 over the next eight minutes to go up 34-31
 before closing the half on a 14-9 surge to go into the break leading 48-40.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Colorado  State went  26-for-34 from the free  throw line ... The Rams won the
 rebounding  battle  by a  39-23  margin  ...  Air  Force went  13-for-31  from
 3-point range ... The Falcons went just 7-for-12 from the free throw line.
 
 
 02/16 19:43:52 ET

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