It was a tale of two halves at the Coors Event Center as the Colorado Buffaloes were able to hold on to their twenty point halftime lead and beat the Colorado State Rams, 70-61 to improve to 7-1 on the year. The Buffaloes started out on fire and sped out to a 9-0 run to start the game and continued that same play throughout the entire first half as they led 42-22 at the break. However, the game was nowhere near over as Colorado State responded cutting the lead to as little as 3 late in the second half. With the help of Spencer Dinwiddie's 29 points and Andre Roberson's 15 points and 14 rebounds the Buffaloes pulled away and were able to win the game. After their first loss of the season, the Buffaloes responded with intensity and aggressive play all over the floor tonight and they took down a very good and previously undefeated Colorado State team.
Things the Buffaloes did well: Their overall defense was outstanding for most of the game. They came out with active hands and were rotating very well against Colorado State's offense. The Buffs held Colorado State to 6-19 from three on the night and forced them to shoot 35% from the field. On offense, it all started with Spencer Dinwiddie. He controlled the game and picked his spots all night as he shot 8-10 from the field and a ridiculous 5-7 from three. Off the bench, Shane Harris-Tunks had his best game this year, playing good post defense on Colton Iverson and also contributed with 7 points. To complement Harris-Tunks off the bench, Xavier Johnson had a strong performance inside and although he only had 5 points his presence down low was noticeable all game. Sabatino Chen responded to a poor performance against Wyoming with his usual great defense but also dribble penetrated well throughout the game and added 4 points.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with:
The Buffaloes allowed Colorado State to grab 10 offensive rebounds in the first half and allowed 15 offensive rebounds total. For the most part, it was Josh Scott's man picking up those offensive boards and throughout the game, he failed to box out giving his man too many second chances. In the second half, the offense was stagnant as they were running their motion offense, and nothing was coming of it forcing them to take low percentage shots. Askia Booker struggled once again as he had 6 points and shot 2-11 from the field, however, after shooting poorly in the first half he took less shots in the second and played smarter offensively. The free throw shooting down the stretch was an issue once again as the Buffaloes shot 18-31 from the line.
The Buffs take on the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday in Kansas at 12 p.m. MT. This is arguably Colorado's toughest game of the year as Kansas is always good and the size of Jeff Withey and the guard play of Elijah Johnson and Ben McLemore will be hard to stop. The Buffaloes are coming off one of their better performances of the year, but a win against Kansas should not be expected.