Junior Kenneth Faried had 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead Morehead State past visiting Colorado State 74-60 in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational on Wednesday night.
The Eagles (24-10) advanced to the quarterfinals of the 16-team CBI where they will visit Boston University (20-13) on Monday.
Faried posted his 24th double-double this season as Morehead State rolled to a 44-35 lead and eventually pulled away in the second half.
"Colorado State is a very good team," Morehead Coach Donnie Tyndall said. "They are well coached and forced us into several turnovers.
Colorado State (16-16) pulled to within 46-41 early in the second half but could get no closer.
"This team has accomplished so many things," Tyndall said. "Back-to-back 20 win seasons, 15 Ohio Valley Conference wins, first time with wins in two straight non-conference post-season tournaments and we have a chance to tie the school record for most wins."
Terrance Hill and Demonte Harper joined Faried in double figures with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Andy Ogide and Adam Nigon each had 13 to pace Colorado State.
MSU finished 26-for-47 from the field for 55.3 percent, including 9-for-15 from three-point range. Colorado State was 25-for-46 and 7-for-15.
"When you look at your game plan and you say two things," said CSU Coach Tim Miles. "First of all, handle the ball well. Then you look and we have 21 turnovers and that's just too many. Against a high-pressure team, that number needs to be 14 or 15, so we just gave away too many possessions. And secondly, rebound. I thought we rebounded all right, but then we lost Faried at the end. We had the lead down to five or six a couple of times, with a stop and he just got the ball on an offensive rebound. He personally stretched the lead to 13."
Morehead State outrebounded Colorado State, 31-21.
The other quarterfinal matchups include Wisconsin-Green Bay vs. St. Louis, Virginia Commonwealth vs. College of Charleston, and IUPUI vs. Princeton.