FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Greg Smith had 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists and Colorado State pulled away in the second half to beat North Florida 83-55 Monday night.
Pierce Hornung had 13 points and seven rebounds while Dorian Green contributed 13 points and five assists for the Rams (7-2), who bounced back from losses to Colorado and Illinois-Chicago.
Colton Iverson had 10 points and Daniel Bejarano shared rebounding honors with seven. Colorado State was 7 for 11 from 3-point range and extended its seven-point halftime lead to as many as the final margin of 28.
Travis Wallace led the Ospreys (3-7) with 12 points. Parker Smith added 10 points.
The Rams owned a 41-23 rebounding edge and held North Florida to 43 percent shooting - 36 percent in the second half.
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Regardless of what you thought of the officiating on Monday, the Caps’ nine-game win streak is over and now the team needs to move on. But for a team coming off a lengthy win streak, however, that can be easier said than done.
Teams that put together long streaks as the Caps have tend to struggle after the streak is finally broken. Take for example the Columbus Blue Jackets who came just one win shy of tying the NHL record for the longest streak with 16-straight wins. Since then, however, the Blue Jackets have lost four of their last six.
The fall has been even harder for Philadelphia who have managed a record of only 3-8-3 since winning 10 straight over the course of November and December.
That is a trend Washington will now look to avoid, though Barry Trotz doesn’t sound too concerned.
“There’s bounce back in our game,” Trotz said on Monday after the loss. “I have a lot of trust in this group. We’re a veteran group.”
That was evident on Monday. Washington had to battle back from a two-goal deficit twice just to force overtime and salvage a point against Pittsburgh and that was seeing a 3-0 lead evaporate in the wake of five-straight Penguins goals.
Now Trotz hopes the same resiliency and leadership he saw late against Pittsburgh will help the team avoid a letdown.
“I have a lot of faith in the group that they are good enough to respond after a little bit of adversity,” he said. “We’ve got lots of good leaders on the team.”
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