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Bey shows his value to Buffs, in huge win over ASU

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The Sophomore has evolved into a bonafide superstar in year two.

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On Valentine’s Day eve, forward Tyler Bey gave Colorado fans in the crowd a reason to view him as their “bae.” In what’s been a season of incredible growth, development, and record-breaking performances for the sophomore, he put on yet another show scoring 22 points, and grabbing a career-high 17 rebounds.

With NBA Buffs George King and Derrick White in attendance, Bey tied Josh Scott’s single-game rebound record from Feb. 18, 2015.

He also recorded his fourth 20 point game of the season, and 12th game with double-digit rebounds in the last 19 contests.

Perhaps even more impressive than the statistics was the fact he did it against a Sun Devils squad that ranks fourth in the country in total rebounding. Leading up to the contest, Bey understood he had to bring his A-game in order for the team to have a chance.

“Today I wanted to rebound for my teammates and on defense especially, because Arizona State is a good offensive rebounding team, and that’s how they win a lot of their games.”

After recording his ninth double-double of the season, Bey has had career-highs in both rebounds and points during a year in which he’s blossomed into one of the conference’s best players.

Along with McKinley Wright, the sophomore dynamic duo have controlled the fate and success of the team all season long. When both are at their best, CU is capable of beating anyone, anywhere as evidenced during their four game win streak.

“[Bey and McKinley] are special,” Tad Boyle said. “They are really separating themselves in terms of what they can do to help this team win.”

The best part about Bey’s effort wasn’t even in the fact that he tied a school best for rebounds. It was in his grit and toughness that was evidenced by his ability to battle through less than stellar performances to persevere against arguably the hottest team in the conference.

“He took it on as a challenge tonight, Tyler is a guy that loves challenges,” Boyle said.

If someone successfully predicted Colorado’s long-term fate two months ago, most people would’ve thought they were crazy. However, when working together as a team and allowing their superstars to take over anything is truly possible for this squad.

Still, it’ll be up to Bey to sustain his outstanding effort for an extended period of time - something he’s struggled to do consistently, if this team wants any chance at making an NCAA tournament run. For now, it’s officially “bey season” in Boulder.