Tad Boyle has frequently stated that he expects to win every game his team plays at the Coors Events Center.
That expectation is becoming reality in Boulder. Boyle's Buffs battled back from a 10 point second half deficit against No. 10/9 Oregon, notching their second top-10 upset of the season. Colorado broke 100 points against a conference foe for the first time since Cory Higgins scored 30 points in a 101-90 victory over Texas Tech in March of 2010.
"That was a high-level basketball game," said Boyle. "Obviously, it was a treat for anybody who was in the building today. They got treated to a knock-down, drag-out between very good teams - legit top-20 teams."
Early on, it looked like Colorado wasn't up to the defensive challenge the No. 1 scoring team nationally provided. The Buffs fell behind 21-12, as Oregon's leading scorer Joseph Young had nine early points. Colorado found their sea legs by getting to the free-throw line. CU hit their first 17 shots from the charity stripe, and free throws helped Colorado claim a 44-42 halftime lead.
Oregon began the second half in a 2-3 trapping zone, which forced Colorado to take a timeout just seven seconds into the half, when Askia Booker got trapped along the sideline. Out of that timeout, Oregon forced a jumpball. It was exactly the kind of start Dana Altman's club needed to reclaim momentum.
Solid shooting from forward Mike Moser and guard Damyean Dotson gave the Ducks a ten point advantage. With his team being outscored 16-4 in the second half, Boyle called timeout. CU countered with a quick 6-0 run out of Boyle's timeout.
With just over 12 minutes to play and the Buffs down six, Spencer Dinwiddie decided it was time to take over. Dinwiddie fed Josh Scott for two of his 15 points. On the following possession, Dinwiddie drained a three-ball. Xavier Johnson hit a layup streaking in from the left side to bring CU within one, 62-61. Dinwiddie then found Jaron Hopkins open for a three-pointer. After nailing threes on back-to-back possessions, Dinwiddie capped off the 24-8 run with a pair of free throws, giving Colorado a 72-66 lead they would never relinquish.
"He definitely felt it there during that period," said Boyle. "We've talked about it many times, we want Spencer to be aggressive. He has the ability to score, he's really hard to keep in front of you, he's got great size and can finish, he gets to the foul line. I thought he really stepped up.
Booker led the Buffs in scoring with 27 points . Dinwiddie totaled 23, in the first-ever game both Booker and Dinwiddie tallied 20 points apiece.
Along with his 15 points, Scott added 12 rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots. Scott's classmate Johnson also had 15 points for the Buffs.
Next on the schedule for Colorado is a road trip to Washington for a Wednesday night date against the Washington State Cougars and a Sunday afternoon affair against the Washington Huskies.
Josh Scott tallied his fifth-straight double-double, the eighth of his season and the 10th of his career... Colorado remains perfect against Oregon at home, improving to 5-0 all-time... CU's 13-2 start is its best since 1968-69's Cliff Meely-led team... Sunday afternoon was the first time Colorado was ranked at home against another ranked opponent since 1997 (17 years)...
Player of the Game
Askia Booker - Following the victory, Dinwiddie told reporters that as Booker goes, so go the Colorado Buffaloes. Booker's 27 points set a tone for the Buffs, who scored 100 points for the first time in Pac-12 play.