Evan Gordon responded to Spencer Dinwiddie's layup with 8 seconds left with a game-winning layup as time expired as Colorado fell in overtime to the Sun Devils 63-62. It was an incredibly physical and intense game, but ultimately a tough loss for the Buffaloes, and they now sit at 7-6 in the Pac-12. Spencer Dinwiddie led Colorado once again with 24 points and Askia Booker added 17. Although it was a difficult loss, the officiating was absolutely atrocious. They had no control of the game and were letting players on both teams get away with whatever they wanted. When Josh Scott was injured on what looked like a Jordan Bachynski flagrant foul, the game was obviously out of hand.
Things the Buffaloes did well:
The starters played big minutes tonight for the Buffaloes and every one of them played well given the questionable officiating. Despite shooting 4-13 from the field, Dinwiddie still had 24 points and shot 14-14 from the free throw line. He was critical for Colorado in the final minutes drawing fouls nearly every possession. Askia Booker had one of his better games as of late scoring 17 points on 7-13 shooting hitting threes and mid-range jumpers. Andre Roberson and Xavier Johnson were amazing on the glass as they combined for 29 rebounds with 15 of them being offensive. Off the bench, Xavier Talton played well, but wasn't much of a factor only playing 9 minutes. Defensively, the Buffs held Arizona St. to 29 percent shooting from three and did a great job limiting Jordan Bachynski as he had only 3 rebounds.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with:
Their defense was suspect in the second half and in overtime. They trapped down the stretch, but didn't rotate quickly enough and ended up giving up some open looks to Arizona St. At times on offense they couldn't do anything without Dinwiddie and as a result, forced some shots. As a team, Colorado shot 30 percent from three and 35 percent from the field.
Colorado takes on Utah at 8 p.m. at the Coors Event Center this Thursday. This is the only game of the week and the Buffs should be able to win at home. However, what's much more important is the following week where Colorado will travel to the Bay Area to take on Cal and Stanford. The Buffaloes still have a good chance to make the NCAA Tournament, but will need to at least split against the Bay Area teams to stay in the field of 68.