The Colorado Buffaloes went on the road and beat the Fresno State Bulldogs 50-43 tonight with the help of Andre Roberson as he had 17 points and a career high 20 rebounds. It wasn't the best effort from Colorado, but they got back to the defense Tad Boyle expects to see out of his team as Fresno State went 16-53 from the field and shot 4-17 from three. The bottom line is that a win is a win and the Buffaloes are now 8-2. It's still early in the season and the two years that Tad Boyle has been at Colorado, his teams have seemed to improve as the season goes along and Buff fans should expect nothing different this year.
Things the Buffaloes did well:
I said it above, but it needs to be repeated: Andre Roberson had 20 rebounds and 17 points. Roberson continues to be a double double machine and does it with such ease. He was also efficient offensively tonight going 7-11 from the field. Josh Scott also had a good game picking up 11 points and 8 rebounds, and played well throughout the game. He might have only shot 4-11 on the night, but he was active on both sides of the ball, taking charges and not shying away from the hoop offensively after being blocked. Askia Booker had somewhat of a bounce back game scoring 14 points on 11 shots. He was aggressive in the beginning of the game and, for the most part, took good shots. He was careless with the ball when Fresno State went zone, but other than that, he had a good game. On defense, Colorado played very well. They allowed some offensive rebounds because they didn't box out, but their man-to-man defense was great all night. Almost every shot was contested and Fresno State wasn't able to get anything inside the key. Granted, Fresno State is not a stellar offensive team, but the Buffs held Fresno State to 43 points, which should be considered a success.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with:
The Buffaloes shot 12-21 from the free throw line and are still struggling closing out games. They started off the second half sloppily turning the ball over four times in four minutes and turned the ball over 18 times for the entire game. At times on offense, Colorado still looked lost, and the decision making will need to improve. Overall, the Buffaloes' struggles mainly came in the second half, but they still won the game despite only getting one point from their leading scorer, Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Buffaloes take on Northern Arizona at Coors Event Center on December 21st at 6:30 p.m. MT. Colorado has two non-conference games left this season and barring any upsets, the Buffaloes should be heading into conference play with a 10-2 record, which would be an outstanding start to the season for Colorado.