FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP)—Stephan Gilling and Freddy Robinson scored 16 points each as Colorado State avenged an earlier season loss to TCU with an 89-74 victory Wednesday night.
Gilling, 5-for-9 on 3-pointers had three treys in a two-minute stretch in the second half when Colorado State (14-12, 3-10 Mountain West Conference) began pulling away. TCU (5-22, 1-12) has lost eight straight.
The Rams had lost the first meeting, 85-72 on Jan. 21. The Rams helped themselves by hitting 34-of-38 free throws and were 22-for-23 from the free throw line in the second half.
Judson Stubbs paced TCU (5-22, 1-12) with 18 points. Brent Hackett and Nile Murry had 14 each for the Horned Frogs, who had beaten Colorado State seven consecutive times in the series.
Colorado State rode Michael Harrison’s points in a 7-0 run to start the second half to lead 50-37, but Stubbs and Allen Taylor contributed four points apiece in an 8-0 run as TCU cut the lead to 65-57 with 8:31 left. Murry’s 3-pointer for TCU made it 70-60 ahead of Gilling’s three, 3-pointer boosted Colorado State to a 79-60 advantage.
The Rams kept the lead at 15 points or more in the final minutes by converting all eight free throw attempts.
Colorado State led 43-37 at halftime after Robinson had 12 points and two 3-pointers in a 24-10 start. Robinson had only two points the rest of the half.
Neiman Owens and Blake Adams hit two free throws each and Art Pierce added an uncontested rebound basket at the buzzer to pull the Horned Frogs to within six points at the break.