Resilient CSU Rams poised to bounce back in Laramie

Having a short-term memory is essential in the chaotic world of college basketball.

Following Colorado State’s Tuesday-night loss against Utah State, postgame media sessions were as brief as imaginable. Understandably so, considering the Rams erased four double-digit deficits only to fall short in the closing seconds when Adam Thistlewood’s game-tying 3-point attempt drew front iron.

Coming oh-so-close versus the Aggies, which would have allowed CSU to maintain possession of second place in the Mountain West, became a tough pill to swallow once the final buzzer sounded.

But after taking some time to sleep on the outcome, it appears the Rams are already re-juiced upon flipping the page to this weekend’s bout in Wyoming.

“For the rest of that night, it was hard to swallow,” freshman guard Isaiah Stevens said. “Just the competitor in all of us wanted to win that game really bad. But you can’t dwell on things because the next team wants to beat you just as bad. I feel like we turned our focus today fairly quickly onto Wyoming.”

Colorado State freshman Isaiah Stevens hoists a jumper during practice on Feb. 13, 2020. (Eddie Herz/Loveland Reporter-Herald)

A team will rarely admit if it is still sulking in a recent defeat. Players and coaches are, of course, trained to keep these thoughts to themselves. Although, in CSU’s case, it’s safe to assume they’ve truly moved on from the deflating loss.

After all, it isn’t as if the USU game represents the Rams’ first heartbreaker this year. In fact, CSU has dropped quite a few contests that realistically could have deflated the youthful squad. Instead, the Rams bounced back and responded positively to each scenario.

Take back-to-back losses against Arkansas State and New Mexico State, for example. Niko Medved’s group squandered an 18-point lead in the second half when hosting ASU before falling 80-78. Then, the Rams forced overtime against NMSU while their late comeback eventually proved insignificant as the Aggies squeaked away with a 78-70 win.

Both defeats were difficult to process in their own respective ways. But CSU experienced little trouble answering the call thereafter as they then rattled off three consecutive victories.