FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- Cory Lewis scored a career-high 30 points but nearly was a goat as Colorado State held on to defeat Kansas State 84-83 Saturday.
Lewis, who was 7-for-8 for the game and had 22 points in the second half, fouled Cartier Martin from beyond the 3-point arc with 0.1 second left with the Rams holding a two-point lead. But Martin, an 80 percent free throw shooter, missed the first two free throws before sinking the third for Kansas State (4-3).Martin finished with 21 points. Blake Young added 15 for the Wildcats, who were coming off a 30-point loss at California.Tyler Smith had 19 points and Jason Smith had 15 for Colorado State (5-2). The Rams sank 10-of-20, 3-pointers.This was the first meeting between the two teams in Fort Collins since Dec. 21, 1945. Kansas State is 0-5 in games played here.Colorado State appeared in control when Lewis hit his final 3-pointer of the game to make it 71-60 with 6:36 left. But Martin kept the Wildcats in the game with four 3-pointers of his own in the second half, and Serge Afeli's tip in with 7.7 seconds left the score 82-79.Two free throws by Lewis put the Rams ahead by five, but Blake Young quickly buried a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds for Kansas State. Lewis turned the ball over on the inbound pass and breathed a deep sigh of relief when Martin missed two of the three free throws.Tyler Smith had two baskets, one off a steal, as Colorado State outscored Kansas State 9-4 over the final 3:51 of the first half to lead 37-27 at the break. Three 3-pointers by Clent Stewart had the Wildcats as close as 18-17 midway through the period, but was more than offset his team's 10 turnovers and 12 points from Smith.