Tad Boyle's team did something very unexpected and swept on the road this week. - Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports
Spencer Dinwiddie's incredible night helped Colorado overcome some inconsistent defense as the Buffs picked up another road win and beat Oregon State 72-68.
Colorado just won back-to-back games on the road. Their play wasn't amazing against Oregon or Oregon St., but they brought strong defense when it mattered most and won tonight over Oregon St. 72-68. Spencer Dinwiddie literally did not miss as he was perfect from the field, three point line, and free throw line. He went 6-6, 4-4, and 8-8 respectively and had a game high 24 points. Josh Scott also had 17 points and was 7-10 from the field. Dinwiddie isn't going to be perfect every night, but Colorado once again picked up a win and that's all that matters.
Things the Buffaloes did well:
The defense had its slip-ups, but it was successful when necessary forcing 21 turnovers and had 10 steals. Andre Roberson played his typical defense and picked up 10 rebounds and a remarkable 5 steals. Roberson is arguably the best defensive player in the Pac-12, and his defense has been key for Colorado all season and continues to be. Spencer Dinwiddie had an unreal game and was instrumental for Colorado late. He was calm handling the ball breaking the trapping press and hit some huge threes and free throws. As a team, the Buffs hit their free throws down the stretch and made them for most of the game as they went 18-24 from the line. Offensively, they only committed 9 turnovers and had 12 assists on the night.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with:
Askia Booker is still shooting and he's not going to stop. He was 2-14 from the field and only had 9 points tonight. He did have 6 rebounds and 3 assists, but it's getting out of hand how much he continues to shoot. Additionally, Colorado still struggles holding a lead as their once 19-6 advantage evaporated to a one point deficit at half. Colorado came out pushing the ball in transition and knocked down their shots to start the game, but when the bench came in, the game changed tremendously.
The perimeter defense was also a problem as Sabatino Chen and Askia Booker struggled and the Buffs couldn't stop Ahmad Starks or Roberto Nelson as they combined for 41 points. Oregon St. caused problems for Colorado on the offensive glass as the Beavers had 14 offensive rebounds and when they went to the 1-3-1 and 2-3 zone, Colorado had some trouble. They didn't ball fake nearly enough and were stagnant just swinging it around the perimeter. There were a number of problems for Colorado tonight, but they won a game they had to and are now 6-5 in the Pac-12.
The Buffaloes have a chance to get revenge against Arizona this Thursday as they take on the Wildcats at the Coors Event Center at 8 p.m. Although Arizona just lost to Cal, they will come ready to play and are a very good team. Colorado certainly wants another chance at Arizona, but they need to stay composed. The environment is going to be crazy, and the start to the game will be crucial. If Colorado can keep getting great play out of Andre Roberson and Spencer Dinwiddie, the Buffs should be able to win this game.