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Thorne leads CU Buffs to 92-58 rout of Cal State Northridge - The Denver Post
The most glaring difference in the scoring summary was CU's 27 assists (including a season-high eight from Cory Higgins) to just eight assists by the Matadors. "Defensively our position was better. This team (Northridge) was a very high-scoring team," Bzdelik said. "We keep working to get better, play with high energy and share the ball.
It's good to hear that Coach Bzdelik was able to push the Buffs to play better last night. That was a big win for the Buffs.
"We`ve had some very intense practices. Every day we mixed up the players and the players played with an edge for the last several days here in practice once we got through our final exams and just played basketball," Bzdelik said. "We had three consecutive three and a half hour workouts. We really went after each other."
Bzdelik made a roster change that, at least for a night, worked like a charm when he swapped Dwight Thorne's starting role with Nate Tomlinson.
Thorne finished with a team-high 19 points and five assists in 18 minutes. He started the season’s first eight games prior to spraining his ankle late in the team’s Dec. 4 loss at Oregon State. He missed the Dec. 7 win over Colorado Christian but started at Colorado State three days later. Exactly why coach Jeff Bzdelik inserted point guard Nate Tomlinson into the starting five in Thorne’s spot was unclear. All the coach would say after Tuesday’s win was that change should be expected.
The Lady Buffs defeated San Jose State to improve to 8-2. Great start for the women.
The 24 combined first-half points yielded to Southern Utah and San Jose State was the lowest ever for CU, coming in below the 27 allowed in back-to-back first halves in the 2001-02 season to San Diego State (18) and Bowling Green (9).
Colorado tight end Riar Geer: His earlier career had been marked by injuries and legal woes. But Geer rebounded to lead all Big 12 tight ends with 37 receptions and 426 yards.
Colorado wide receiver Scotty McKnight: Josh Smith's abrupt departure this spring left the Buffaloes needing a breakaway receiver. McKnight had led the team in receiving in each of the last two seasons, but responded with a huge season of 76 receptions to tie for second-most in school history for 893 yards.