After beginning the season with a 6-0 record, the Colorado State Rams dropped a second-straight game on Saturday with a 64-55 road loss to the Illinois-Chicago Flames. With the win, the Flames improved to 8-1 overall and 4-0 at home.
The Rams out-rebounded the Flames and hit the same amount of field goals as UIC, but beat themselves with turnovers and missed free throws. Colorado State turned the ball over 15 times, including eight combined turnovers from the team's starting forwards: Pierce Hornung and Greg Smith. As the Flames knocked down 19-of-22 free throws, the Rams managed to successfully hit only 13-of-20 free throw attempts, which proved costly by game's end.
Four of the starters Illinois-Chicago finished in double-figures, including guard Gary Talton who finished with 20 points, five assists and five rebounds. Smith matched that total for CSU with 20 points and nine rebounds, but only he and Dorian Green managed to reach double-digit point totals.
After more than a week off, the Rams will look to bounce back from consecutive losses with a home game against the North Florida Ospreys next Monday.