CSU falls to Nevada in Mountain West tournament final

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LAS VEGAS -- The Colorado State men's basketball team had its shot at reaching the NCAA tournament dashed Saturday with a 79-71 loss to Nevada in the Mountain West Conference tournament.

Nevada, the regular-season champion, earned the conference's automatic berth with the win.

The Rams reached the final after beating San Diego State, 71-63, late Friday night in the semifinals.

It was the first time since 2003 that Colorado State played in the conference title game.

On Sunday, the Rams earned a berth in the NIT. They will play College of Charleston in Fort Collins on Friday night.