Colorado overcame another poor start and a lackluster crowd (although the C-Unit of course once again did their job) to take down the UT-Martin Skyhawks 91-65 and earn their first win of the season at the Coors Event Center. The Skyhawks shot 12-29 from three-point line and came out as the much sharper team to start the game but the Buffs were able to wear them down and get the notch in their belt.
Things the Buffaloes did well:
Wes Gordon once again showed that he is the real deal. 8 rebounds, 2 blocks and 13 points for the youngster. Gordon has an extremely bright future and is going to be a key cog in the Buffaloes fortunes this year. Josh Scott had another solid game with 8 boards and 15 points and Xavier Johnson was able to get much more involved in the game than he was against Baylor. Dustin Thomas also had a promising effort during his time on the court.
While the game was ugly, there is still something to be said for a 26-point win at home when things aren't clicking, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with:
This was the second straight game that the Buffaloes came out of the gate with a lack of energy and a bad case of nerves. That can happen with a team as young as this one but the non-conference schedule isn't going to allow for these first and second-year guys to take their time learning how to come into a game ready to play.
This team also missed some opportunities to put away the Skyhawks, allowing them to stay within striking distance thanks to some great 3-point shooting for most of the game. Spencer Dinwiddie has a so-so game and Askia Booker looked pretty rough once again. Those guys have both got to step up their game (obviously to varying degrees) and show some leadership in order to help smooth over some of the ups and downs that we'll see with from the freshmen.
The Buffs play Wyoming on Wednesday at the Coors Event Center at 7:00 p.m. MT. They will be looking for revenge for the 76-69 loss last season in Laramie against a Cowboys team that took care of UT-Martin 78-60 in the opener. The Buffaloes have four games in Boulder to get things figured out before Harvard comes to town on November 24th and the non-conference schedule really heats up. There is a lot of work to be done in a short period of time in order to head into Pac-12 play with a good national resume.