AIR FORCE ACADEMY — Colorado State basketball’s tumultuous 2017-18 season continued to trend in the wrong direction Tuesday night.
Playing their second straight game without head coach Larry Eustachy, who was put on administrative leave Saturday while athletic director Joe Parker completes his investigation of the program, the Rams suffered their seventh straight loss in falling to host Air Force, 78-73, at Clune Arena.
It’s the longest losing streak for CSU (10-16, 3-10 Mountain West) since the 2007-08 campaign when the Rams lost 17 in a row during Tim Miles’ first year in Fort Collins. That was also the last time the Falcons swept the regular season series between the two in-state rivals, following up a five-point win at CSU last month that began the Rams’ skid.
Colorado State dropped to 10th place in the 11-team Mountain West, ahead of only San Jose State (3-19, 0-11).
CSU interim coach Steve Barnes said the team will take a much-needed day off Wednesday, and then if he is still in charge of the program, anticipates a “hell of a practice on Thursday. Then we’ll go from there.”
Barnes said he’s proud of the way his players continued to compete through so much adversity and agreed that it’s been tough on the guys not knowing when the assessment will end after it began last Monday.