Michael Lyons found himself briefly cheering for Colorado State. More specifically, cheering for CSU’s defense. Even more specifically, cheering for CSU’s defense against New Mexico’s Kendall Williams.Willliams sank free throw after free throw in the final minutes on Saturday, capping a 46-point performance against the Rams that eclipsed Lyons’ own 45-point barrage against the game team the week before.
“I was kind of rooting against him in a way,” said Lyons – sort of joking, sort of not. “That was good for him though.”
Williams followed Lyons as Mountain West player of the week.
It was odd that a team as good as CSU, a top-25 team, would see two similar eruptions from guards in such a short span.
Rams coach Larry Eustachy gave all the credit to the two guards, saying he doesn’t know how he might have changed the defensive approach.
“Every shot was contested,” Eustachy said. “What we got were two incredible players who had incredible outings. It was a reflection on them and certainly not a reflection on our defense.”
This has been something of a trend for Colorado State. According to stats dug up by Geoff Grammer of the Albuquerque Journal, the Rams have allowed an opposing guard to scored 20-plus eight times, 30-plus three times and 45-plus twice.
Among that group, Lyons was king. Who would have guessed how quickly that reign would end?