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Colorado outlasts Charlotte, 68-53 to finish 7th at Diamond Head Classic

Buffaloes end non-conference play with a 9-3 record

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Lucas Siewert scored 17 points to lead the Colorado Buffaloes (9-3) to a 68-53 win over the Charlotte 49ers (3-8) in the seventh-place Diamond Head Classic game.

Colorado struggled before going on a 19-2 run at the 5:20 mark of the first half, taking a 35-26 lead into halftime. Nine of those points came from Namon Wright to offset bad shooting early. The Buffs went 2-of-7 (28.5%) from 3-point range in the first half with all five misses by different shooters. They finished 24-of-53 (45.3%) from the field on the night, and 7-of-20 beyond the arc.

Charlotte’s came out flat in the second half, surrendering a 9-1 run to the Buffs during the opening five minutes. Colorado maintained a double-digit lead on the way to ending a two-game losing streak in Hawaii. Daylen Kountz was one of three players in double figures for CU with 12 points and Wright finished with 10. Jon Davis led all scorers with 25 points and Milos Supica added 11 in a third straight losing effort for the 49ers.

Colorado ends non-conference play tied for the most wins among Pac-12 teams with Arizona and Arizona State. The Buffs can potentially create space between both teams in the next two contests—opening Pac-12 play at Arizona on Thursday, Jan. 3 in Tucson (7 p.m. MT/ TV: FS1) before facing No. 17 Arizona State in Tempe on Jan. 5 (4 p.m. MT/ TV: PACN).