The Buffaloes were excellent from beyond the arc and patient offensively and took down Jackson State 94-70 at the Coors Event Center today. Askia Booker had his best game so far this season leading the way for Colorado with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting. More importantly, he had six assists, only two turnovers and added five rebounds. Jaron Hopkins started in place of Xavier Johnson who sat out with an injury that Tad Boyle said was not serious. Hopkins responded well finishing with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting. As a team, Colorado had 23 assists on 28 made field goals, which was the reason for the amount of offensive success today.
Things the Buffaloes did well:
Jackson State began the game in a zone and Colorado has had its struggles against zone defenses in the past, but that was not the case today. The Buffaloes shot 9-of-17 from three and were able to find so many open looks because they were so patient on offense. Dustin Thomas was part of the reason that Colorado broke the zone defense well early. He went 5-of-8 from the field and added 13 points off of the bench. George King and Xavier Talton both had great bench performances as well. King only had two points, but made his presence known on the glass and picked up seven rebounds. Xavier Talton struggled early with two turnovers. He turned it around quickly, however, and scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting and hit three threes. The bench had performed poorly early on in this season, but King, Talton, and Thomas bucked that trend today. Spencer Dinwiddie had 11 points, yet only made two shots. He continues to get to the line despite his low field goal total and was 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. He also was a beast defensively stealing the ball six times and had six assists.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with:
Although the Buffaloes took 43 free throws, they only made 29 of them which put them at 67 percent for the game. They also turned the ball over 14 times. Josh Scott had a poor first half performance and got beat multiple times on the boards. He's obviously one of the best players on Colorado and did have seven rebounds, but the rebounding issues he had last year haven't been totally corrected.
The Buffs will play Arkansas State on Monday at the Coors Event Center at 7:00 p.m. Colorado should be able to win this game, but it will be interesting to see if the bench can carry over its offensive performance from today into Monday's game.