NCAA Men's Basketball

Roddy, Moore lead Colorado State past Mississippi State

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) David Roddy scored 19 points, Kendle Moore added 13 and Colorado State defeated Mississippi State 66-63 on Saturday at the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic.

Colorado State trailed 51-44 midway through the second half before John Tonje hit a 3-pointer to a trigger a 14-6 Rams run that was capped by Dischon Thomas's dunk for a 58-57 lead. Soon thereafter, Isaiah Stevens and Moore hit 3-pointers for the Rams and the lead was 66-59 near the two-minute mark.

A minute later Garrison Brooks scored on a short putback to draw Mississippi State within 66-63. The final 60 seconds saw a series of misses by both teams until Roddy was fouled and went to the line with 5 seconds remaining. He missed the front end of the one-and-one, then Iverson Molinar missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Colorado State made 11 3-pointers, seven in the second half, and shot 47% overall.

Mississippi State (6-3) shot 34%. Brooks scored 15 points for the Bulldogs, Shakeel Moore and Javian Davis added 13 each and Molinar had 11 points and five assists.

Colorado State is 10-0 for the second time in program history, the last coming in 2014-15 when the Rams started 14-0.

Both teams played in the Final Four of the NIT last season. Colorado State lost its semifinal to Memphis and Mississippi State fell to the Tigers in the championship game.

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Updated December 11, 2021