Tyler Bey finished with 11 points and 19 rebounds as No. 23 Colorado stayed perfect on the season with a 56-41 win over Wyoming in Las Vegas. Bey's third double-double of the season and 22nd of his career.
The Buffaloes (4-0) outscored the Cowboys (3-2) 41-26 in the final twenty minutes after both teams were tied at 15 going into halftime. An outstanding effort from Colorado throughout the contest with D’Shawn Schwartz scoring 12 points, while Evan Battey added a near double-double with nine points and 13 rebounds.
Wyoming couldn’t contain Colorado in the second half. The Buffs went on a 13-0 run within the first four minutes of the period, but couldn’t stay in cruise control. The Cowboys worked their way back to be down by four points with 9:17 remaining, before Colorado surged back with the help of a 13-1 run to put the game out of reach.
Wyoming’s 41 points were the fewest by a CU opponent since Utah had just 41 in the 2012 Pac-12 tournament.
Not the best night for the Buffs, who ended the game going 21-of-56 (37.5%) from the field and 5-of-18 from beyond the arc. Colorado has won four straight against Mountain West Conference teams going back to last season. The first neutral site game between both schools separated by 110 miles.
Wyoming’s Hunter Maldonado led all scorers with 14 points. The Colorado Springs native has scored in double-figures in all seven games for the Pokes this season.
The Buffs move on to play the winner of the TCU-Clemson game in the MGM Resorts Main Event championship game on Tuesday.
Colorado’s next regularly scheduled game comes on Saturday, Nov. 30 at home vs. Sacramento State. CU has won seven straight games over teams from the state of California going back to last season. The last loss to a school from the Golden State came on Jan. 26 with a 75-62 loss at Stanford. The Buffs are also riding an eight-game home winning-streak since last February.
If CU wins the next three games (Clemson/TCU, Sacramento State & Loyola Marymount), it’s likely the Dec. 4 meeting with the 4th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks will be the first time both teams will face each other as ranked opponents since Jan. 26, 1997.