The Aggies led by as much as 14 points in the second half, a lead the Tigers would cut to one possession heading into the game’s final minutes. However, CU stayed the course helped by Jalen Nicholas who scored seven points over a two minute stretch putting the Aggies back up by more than three possessions.
Nicholas finished the game with 14 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double wearing the Black and Gold. JV Long scored a team high 16 points and had six assists and two steals.
Leading ECU was Cameron Talley with 13 points and Jamey Woods with 11 points.
The Tigers only lead was from the game’s opening bucket, which CU quickly overtook and turned into a three possession lead. A pair of Talley three-pointers helped the Tigers tie the game with under two minutes remaining of the first half, but CU steadied to lead 28-23 at the buzzer.
Cameron improved their 36 percent from the field shooting to 48 percent in the second half and made three treys after missing eight in the opening period. They totaled 60 percent from the free throw line, taking advantage of the Tiger’s poor outing at the stripe, just a 43 percent effort, 10-for-23.
The Aggies had to battle the Tigers beyond the arc as they drained six in the second half and improved their shooting on the floor from 26 percent to 43 percent, but made just 4-of-13 foul shots.
The Tigers attempted a second half comeback using a 13-4 run over five minutes to get within one possession of the Aggies with over three minutes to go. The Aggies stifled the comeback attempt and would win 67-59 to move to 5-8 overall while ECU drops to 5-3.