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Buffs survive USC 69-65

Tad Boyle is fired up and working his voodoo magic.

NCAA Basketball: Colorado at Southern California Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

I’m dedicating the first paragraph of this recap to Evan Battey. This was a true team win for the Buffs and McKinley Wright was so clutch down the stretch, but Battey was effervescent. Evan battled all night amidst foul trouble, dominated the post on offense, and made some beautiful outlet passes. He is truly becoming an impact Pac-12 player.

The first half was The Grapes of Wrath of basketball games. It was slow, unceasing, and mostly fraught with danger and loss. The Colorado Buffaloes and USC Trojans didn’t seem to be in any sort of hurry. Both teams took their time getting to bad shots on offense. The Trojans and Buffs missed all sorts of layups around the rim. The best post player on either team was McKinley Wright, who finished the first 20 minutes with 8 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams turned the ball over (CU had 6 and USC had 4), and the game often devolved into late shot heroics. The Buffs shot 10/28 overall and 3/12 from the field and entered halftime tied 29-29.

The second half was a little faster paced. Both teams were hitting shots at an improved rate and free throws became a factor. Tyler Bey (who had a quiet game) and Lucas Siewert both picked up three fouls early in the 2nd half, which made them ride the bench. Evan Battey picked up his 3rd with 10 minutes remaining and Siewert picked up his 4th right after. Through some nice D’shawn Schwartz and McKinley Wright drives and team efforts on the boards, they kept pace with the scorching Boatwright

Bennie Boatwright took over for the Trojans down the stretch. The senior played iso ball in the post and on the perimeter and finished with 26 points, but missed a key three pointer with 20 seconds left. Schwartz iced the game with two clutch free throws, and the Buffs walked away victorious, 69-65. Tad Boyle and Colorado Basketball have now won three straight and swept the L.A. school on the road, which is a first They return home next week.