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Clavell powers Colorado State past UNLV 91-77 in MWC opener

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Gian Clavell had 14 of his 21 points in the second half and grabbed 11 rebounds to help Colorado State beat UNLV 91-77 in the Mountain West opener for both teams on Wednesday night.

Colorado State (9-5) held a double-digit lead from early in the second half until the final buzzer. UNLV (7-7) led for most of the first half, but the Rams closed the period on a 14-2 run to go into the break with a 46-43 lead.

Clavell helped Colorado State carry that momentum past the intermission, hitting three straight 3-pointers during the first four minutes of the second half as the Rams extended the lead to 61-46.

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