In a high-scoring game that saw 15 lead changes, the Colorado Buffaloes beat the Oregon Ducks by a score of 91-87. Josh Scott led the Buffaloes with 17 points and 11 rebounds, his tenth double-double of the season and the 33rd of his career, tying him with CU Hall of Famer Burdie Haldorson for seventh all time. The bench added a season high 45 points, led by Tre'Shaun Fletcher and Xavier Talton who scored 14 and 13, respectively.
Colorado got off to a strong start as George King sunk a three to open scoring for CU, giving the Buffs their first lead at 3-2 early in a game where they led for 30:57 of a possible 40 minutes. Despite the early jump, Colorado never managed to build much of a lead due to sloppy handling of the ball, turning it over seven times in the first half.
Fortunately for Colorado, quick foul trouble and an inability to rebound the ball prevented Oregon from fully taking advantage of their seven second chance points, as well as 11 off of turnovers. Foul trouble was the biggest hindrance for the Ducks as they watched Chris Boucher and Dillon Brooks rack up two fouls early, including a technical on Brooks with 16:54 remaining in the first half. Boucher finished with three before halftime and fouled out with a 1:35 remaining in the game.
Both teams shot the ball extremely well, the Buffs were 29-58 (50%) from the field, while Oregon was 32-62 (52%). The difference in the game was foul shooting, Oregon shot half as many free throws as the Buffs did, and were an ineffective 65% (11-17) from the charity stripe; on the other side, Colorado shot 75% (25-32).
In the second half, the game remained tight, with 10 lead changes after the break. Oregon opened the second half the way that Colorado had finished the first, with an 8-0 run. The Ducks largest lead came with 16:11 in the second half at five points, but after that, Colorado regained their footing and the teams traded buckets.
Oregon won the second half, outscoring the Buffs 46-45, but unfortunately for the Men of Oregon, the Buffaloes had given themselves just enough of a cushion that it didn't matter, and Colorado was able to hold off the Ducks, taking a 75-74 lead with 5:43 left to play that they would never relinquish.
Down the stretch, Oregon leaned on freshman and one time Colorado recruit Tyler Dorsey, who had six points in the final minute as the Ducks tried to claw their way back into the game, but the Buffaloes did what they need to do at the stripe, going 6-for-8 down the stretch to snag the four point victory.
Up next for Colorado, they travel to Washington to play the Huskies on Wednesday the 20th, before taking on Washington State on the 23rd. The Buffs will return to Coors Events Center to match up with Stanford on January 27th.
|Elgin Cook, F||32||6-15||1-1||1-2||0||0||0||1||2||1||0||2||14|
|Dillon Brooks, F||28||9-13||2-2||1-1||1||3||4||5||1||1||3||5||21|
|Chris Boucher, F||15||4-6||2-4||1-1||2||2||4||0||0||0||1||5||11|
|Tyler Dorsey, G||34||7-14||4-8||1-2||1||1||2||2||0||0||2||1||19|
|Casey Benson, G||37||1-2||0-1||4-4||1||2||3||6||2||0||0||1||6|
|Roman Sorkin, F||10||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||4||4||1||0||1||0||1||0|
|Jordan Bell, F||17||2-3||0-0||2-5||1||1||2||3||2||1||2||3||6|
|Dwayne Benjamin, F||24||3-7||3-5||1-2||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||1||10|
|Kendall Small, G||3||0-2||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||3||0|
|Wesley Gordon, F||17||1-3||0-1||0-0||2||0||2||0||0||1||0||2||2|
|Josh Scott, F||34||6-12||0-0||5-8||2||9||11||3||0||2||2||1||17|
|Josh Fortune, G||16||3-7||1-2||0-0||0||3||3||0||0||0||3||1||7|
|George King, G||25||4-6||3-4||2-2||2||3||5||1||1||1||3||4||13|
|Dominique Collier, G||24||2-6||2-3||1-2||1||0||1||6||0||0||0||0||7|
|Tory Miller, F||16||4-6||0-0||4-6||3||4||7||0||0||0||1||2||12|
|Tre'Shaun Fletcher, F||24||3-6||1-3||7-8||1||1||2||1||0||0||2||3||14|
|Xavier Talton, G||26||4-7||1-1||4-4||0||1||1||3||1||0||1||1||13|
|Thomas Akyazili, G||18||2-5||0-0||2-2||0||3||3||3||4||1||1||3||6|