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Buffaloes fall to Iowa State, 68-62, but show progress

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Colorado couldn't complete the comeback in Sioux Falls.

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The Colorado Buffaloes kicked off the 2015-16 season with a major test against the No. 7 ranked Iowa State Cyclones in the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. While the Buffaloes fell, 68 - 62, they showed depth that wasn't there last season in giving the Cyclones a fight for most of the game.

All things considered, the Buffaloes didn't really play that well and still hung with Iowa State, giving fans a lot of hope for the season. Josh Scott, while playing decently on the defensive end, struggled for most of the game on the offensive side of the ball. George King played much like he did two years ago, but hit some of the shots that last season wouldn't have gone in.

Of the new guys, Josh Fortune showed the talent that had fans wishing he could play last year and Thomas Akyazili looked better than expected at the guard spot. That was a top ten team in a virtual home environment and a Buffaloes them that didn't play up to their potential was in the game at the end. Who's ready for Auburn?

Colorado Buffaloes
STARTERS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Wesley Gordon, F 2-7 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 2 5 4
Josh Scott, F 5-16 0-1 1-3 5 6 11 2 1 3 2 3 11
Tre'Shaun Fletcher, F 1-4 1-2 2-2 0 3 3 3 1 0 2 1 5
Dominique Collier, G 5-9 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 6 2 13
Josh Fortune, G 3-8 1-3 0-0 0 4 4 1 0 0 2 3 7
BENCH FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Kenan Guzonjic, F 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tory Miller, F 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 2
Xavier Talton, G 1-5 0-2 2-2 1 4 5 4 2 0 1 4 4
George King, G 4-9 4-8 2-4 0 6 6 0 0 0 2 1 14
Thomas Akyazili, G 1-3 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 2
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
23-63 9-23 7-11 6 32 38 14 7 3 18 21 62
36.5% 39.1% 63.6%
Iowa State Cyclones
STARTERS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Georges Niang, F 7-14 0-0 3-4 1 3 4 2 0 0 1 4 17
Jameel McKay, F 4-9 0-0 0-3 2 8 10 1 0 0 3 4 8
Abdel Nader, F 6-13 0-2 2-2 0 6 6 0 2 2 1 4 14
Nazareth Mitrou-Long, G 5-9 2-5 1-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 5 3 13
Monte Morris, G 5-12 0-1 2-4 1 4 5 4 3 0 2 1 12
BENCH FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Matt Thomas, G 2-7 0-2 0-0 2 3 5 2 1 0 0 2 4
Hallice Cooke, G 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
29-65 2-10 8-15 8 35 43 12 7 2 12 18 68
44.6% 20.0% 53.3%