The Coors Event Center continues to be a difficult place to win.
The Buffaloes gave Air Force too many open looks in the first half, but shaped up on defense in the second half and were able to come out with a victory, 89-74
With amazing play from Josh Scott and Andre Roberson, the Colorado Buffaloes took down the Air Force Falcons 89-74 at the Coors Event Center tonight. Josh Scott had 20 points and 7 rebounds and Andre Roberson had 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the way for Colorado. It was the backcourt that starred in the Charleston Classic, but the front court was the key to tonight's game. The Buffaloes are now 5-0 and although they weren't sharp defensively tonight, the offense was good enough to lead them to a victory. Overall, Colorado shot 56% from the field, 53% from three and 78% from the free throw line.
Things the Buffaloes did well: Josh Scott had his finest game in his short career as a Buffalo and could not be stopped. Scott went 8-10 from the free throw line and his ability to hit free throws so successfully continues to make him even more dangerous in the post. Andre Roberson, the other part of the front court, had his first standout game this year. He was strong around the rim and stuck to his game finishing down low and picking up easy points. The tandems that the Buffaloes are forming in the front court and the backcourt are getting harder and harder to stop for opponents. With a ton of talent in the starting lineup, opponents aren't able to key on one player, making it harder to game plan and beat the Buffs. In the backcourt, Spencer Dinwiddie had a good game going 3-3 from the three point line, 4-5 from the field and had 15 points and 7 rebounds. However, he and Askia Booker combined to have 8 turnovers in the game. The bench played well for the Buffaloes as they posted 19 points with Xavier Johnson leading the way with 7. Offensively, the Buffs couldn't have played much better, and they played a very balanced efficient game.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with: The defense in the first half was poor. Colorado allowed Air Force too many open looks from three. Although Colorado did hold Air Force to 74 points when they were averaging 84.8 points per game this season, the Buffaloes still should have held them to less. Colorado's defense has always been a strong point, and they'll be fine as the season goes along, but leaving shooters open for three is never something a team should do in a game. Askia Booker continues to score as he put up 15 points, but it was on 13 shots. This is the way Booker plays and his shots will vary each game, but it would be nice to see Booker eliminate some of the shots that aren't as high percentage as others.
Up Next: Colorado takes on Texas Southern this Tuesday at the Coors Event Center at 7:30 p.m MT. The Buffaloes need to end this one early, so freshman can get some extra playing time and Tad Boyle can let the starters rest as Colorado will have its toughest non-conference stretch after with three consecutive games against Wyoming, Colorado State, and Kansas respectively.