The first half was a bit odd because even as Colorado looked more skilled, more physical and just plain better, they trailed 34-33 at the half. CU played solid defense and forced tough shots, but Air Force was shooting too hot to contain. They hit 8 of 15 three-pointers for 24 of their 34 points. Even though the Buffs dominated the boards and George King filled up the stat sheet, they couldn’t quite keep up, and that was because they were plagued by turnovers. CU had 9 turnovers in that half and 6 of those were on offensive fouls.
Once Air Force cooled down and CU stopped turning it over every other possession, the Buffs pulled away in the second half. The Buffs continued outplaying them and actually stole their hot hand and shot 47% from three and 54% from the field in the second half. CU even did well against the zone defense as they were able to get the rim and create open shots. The star of the game was King, who finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds. McKinley Wright was also great (19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists) as he led the supporting cast.
With their all-around performance, it was no surprise that CU turned a halftime deficit into a dougle-digit win. Next up for the Buffs is an away game at Colorado State on Saturday, Dec. 2.