Colorado Overcomes Early Struggles, Beats Arizona State 63-49

Colorado was lucky to have such an inferior opponent as they struggled for a majority of the game, but they were able to hold on and win against the Sun Devils 63-49. Colorado allowed Arizona State to take countless open shots and Arizona State just didn't make them. Spencer Dinwiddie had 15 points and Andre Roberson was a force on defense while adding 12 points and collecting 9 rebounds. Overall, it was a very sloppy performance, but Colorado should just be happy to get another road win.

Things the Buffaloes did well: Askia Booker returned to his usual self and added some instant offense off the bench adding 9 points. Andre Roberson is by far the best defensive player every game for the Buffaloes. His help defense leads to multiple turnovers and he never gets rebounded over. Although Colorado played carelessly for most of the game, they were able to finally show a killer instinct and pull away and this was mostly because of Roberson. Austin Dufault came on towards the end of the game as well and he contributed 12 points. More importantly, Colorado shot an efficient and effective 6-13 from the three point line.

Things the Buffaloes struggled with: Colorado had 14 turnovers and almost all of them were careless. In the first half, the defense was very lazy and they were late in help situations. Along with that, the shot selection in the first half was terrible. For most of the game, Colorado acted like they were the better team, but never proved why they were the better team. Ultimately, Colorado cannot make a habit of coming out lackadaisical because it will end up hurting the Buffaloes down the stretch.

Up Next: The Buffaloes take on Utah in Utah a week from today. If the Buffaloes play like they did tonight, they might not win. However, after a full week off, I doubt they would come out as lethargic as today. Consecutive road wins would be crucial for the Buffaloes and give them some major momentum heading into a critical showdown with Cal and Stanford.

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