The Colorado Buffaloes are off touring Italy. In between touristing and team-bonding, they’re playing games against local professional basketball teams. In their second game in as many days, they were victorious, this time against Silute BC by a score of 73-60.
Like yesterday, the game wasn’t aired on TV or online, so I don’t have much to work with besides the official box score. But it will have to do because content doesn’t write itself.
FINAL: Colorado defeats Silute BC 73-60. Buffs use a big 4th Q to pull away, Namon Wright 14 pts, George King 10 pts 10 reb pic.twitter.com/bDPxUvRQxM— Colorado Basketball (@CUBuffsMBB) August 18, 2017
Today, the CU starting lineup consisted of McKinley Wright, Dom Collier, George King, Tyler Bey and Tory Miller-Stewart. Of that group, King and Bey were by far the best, as the former posted his second consecutive double-double (plus 2 blocks and a steal) and the latter continues to show that he will be a monster on the glass. Collier struggled with his shot (0-3 from the field), foul trouble (4 fouls in 16), and turnovers (4). Miller-Stewart also managed to pick up 4 fouls in only 11 minutes, which actually quite impressive. Wright, meanwhile, was much better than his senior counterparts, but he still committed a few too many turnovers.
The production from the bench is much more encouraging. Lucas Siewert struggled on the boards yesterday, but he grabbed 9 today. Namon Wright, a silky scorer we will love in his two seasons in Boulder, had an efficient 14 points on a nice 6-9 shooting performance. Deleon Brown contributed 12 points on only 7 shots and he picked up 2 assists and 2 blocks. D’Shawn Schwartz played more than he did yesterday and he played well. And perhaps the most notable performance from the Buffs was Dallas Walton blocking 3 shots in just 15 minutes.
As a whole, the Buffs were turnover prone and foul happy, but I would probably chalk that up to fatigue, considering the Buffs’ last game was less than 24 hours before this and they spent several hours on the team bus driving around Italy. Other than those problems, Tad Boyle should be happy with how the young guys played, how the team crashed the boards, and, of course, that they fought for the win.
After this, the Buffs have the weekend off and will resume play on Monday in Venice.
An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Namon Wright had one season of eligibility instead of two. Yay, more Namon Wright!