Colorado St. 81, TCU 60

Pierce Hornung had 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead six players

in double figures for No. 4 seed Colorado State, which routed No. 5

seed TCU 81-60 in the opening round of the Mountain West Conference

tournament on Thursday.

The Rams (20-10), who kept alive their bid for their first NCAA

tournament berth since 2003, will face top-seeded and No. 18 San

Diego State in the semifinals Friday night. SDSU beat Boise State


Wes Eikmeier, who had two 3-pointers in scoring the game’s first

eight points, finished with 15 points. Will Bell scored 14, Dwight

Smith 13, Dorian Green 11 and Jesse Carr 10 for the Rams.

CSU jumped to a 9-0 lead and had the margin up to double digits

before the midway point of the first half.

Hank Thorns, who is from Las Vegas, scored 19 for TCU (17-14)

and J.R. Cadot had 10.