FORT COLLINS, Colorado (Ticker) -- Micheal Morris was in the right place at the right time for Colorado State.
Morris' desperation jumper with seven-tenths of a second left lifted Colorado State to a stunning 71-69 triumph over No. 21 Purdue.
Purdue (8-3) held a 69-68 lead in the waning moments but an errant inbounds pass was tipped and came directly to Morris just left of the top of the key. With the clock expiring, the sophomore guard got the shot off and in - igniting a wild celebration.
"Crazy things happen in sports," Colorado State coach Dale Layer said. "I credit our guys for hanging in there and never giving up. It was an incredible shot by Micheal. You hope for a chance to tie it or win it at the end that's exactly what happened here."
The Boilermakers' lead was 69-63 with nine seconds left when Matt Williams hit two free throws. McKnight missed the front end of a 1-and-1 for Purdue and Morris drained a 3-pointer with two seconds to go - setting the stage for the dramatic finish.
Morris made 4-of-6 shots from 3-point range.
Matt Nelson led Colorado State (7-4) with 16 points. The Rams, who overcame 21 turnovers, have won three straight and five of seven.
Brandon McKnight had 21 points - 20 in the second half - for Purdue, which has dropped both of its non-conference road games this season. Kenneth Lowe, Purdue's best wing player, managed seven points and took only four shots.
Colorado State was clinging to a 20-19 lead when Morris buried a 3-pointer that ignited a 12-2 run. Matt Nelson capped the spurt with a hoop with 6:13 left in the half.
Purdue shot just 29 percent (7-of-24) to fall into a 37-29 hole at the half. But the Boilermakers found themselves down 56-43 with 9:40 to go in the contest. That is when a 3-pointer by David Teague ignited a furious 23-5 run that gave Purdue the lead.
"They made clutch baskets, that is the mark of a mature team," Layer said.
Purdue had won its previous three meetings with Colorado State, including an 84-56 rout on December 30, 2002.