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    Colorado Basketball

    January 31st – Boulder Colorado 70, California 62

    Game recap … from cubuffs.com

    Colorado overcame a terrible start (three points in the first ten minutes), streaked out to a 17-point lead, then held on with made free throws (13-of-16) down the stretch to defeat Cal, 70-62.

    Josh Scott led the Buffs with 18 points, but Scott was far from his usual dominating self. Scott was held to five rebounds, and went 5-for-17 from the field. Joining Scott in double figures was Dominique Collier, with 14 points, and George King, with 13.

    Quotable Tad Boyle“Well it was a great win for Colorado, we don’t make it easy on ourselves that’s for sure. That’s two games in a row that we had a convincing lead, and we haven’t been finishing like we should. But with that being said, we did what we needed to do. Cal’s a good team and we knew that they weren’t going to go away. We did some positive things and we did what we need to do”.

    … “We would love to have that Utah game back, but life doesn’t work like that. Nine games under the belt and we’re 6-3 so it’s a good time to reflect. But not for very long since we have nine more games left. And we have to consider the tall task at hand of going to Eugene and playing Oregon.”

    Game recap … The re-match with Cal opened much like Pac-12 opener had 30 days earlier. Here are the opening lines from cubuffs.com story on the January 1st game:

    Things started badly for the Colorado Buffaloes against Cal on Friday — and then got worse.

    The Buffs shot poorly, struggled on defense and were soundly dominated on the boards, and as a result took a 79-65 defeat on the chin in their Pac-12 opener.

    Things started badly – very badly – for Colorado in the rematch. When the first media timeout came at the 15:31 mark, the CU student section still had confetti in their hands, as the Buffs had yet to score. Josh Scott finally broke the ice with a put back at the 14:41 mark, but that only made it an 8-2 game. Scott’s basket was the only made field goal in CU’s first 19 attempts, and the Buffs had all of three points with nearly half of the first half in the books.

    Down 12-3, though, the Buffs didn’t quit. Over the next four minutes, the Buffs out-scored the Bears, 13-3, to take their first lead of the game, at 16-15, with 6:49 to play. It didn’t seem like it at the time, but Colorado would not trail again the remainder of the game.

    George King went on a 7-1 run of his own down the stretch of the first half to help the Buffs build a lead. Josh Fortune’s three-pointer in the final seconds gave CU a 37-23 lead at the break.

    The teams traded baskets early in the second half before George King followed up a jumper with a three-pointer to give the Buffs a 46-29 advantage.

    From there, however, the Bears slowly whittled away at the Colorado lead. A 10-1 run by California made it a 53-46 game … with 6:30 still to play. A Jaylen Brown three-pointer with 1:56 remaining cut the lead to four, at 62-58, but the Bears would get no closer. The Buffs held without a field goal for the final 4:55 of the contest, made 13-of-16 free throws to hold off the Bears and post the big win.

    Game Notes …

    - The Buffaloes are 17-5 overall. Colorado has won five of their last six and improve to 12-1 at home.

    - Colorado is 9-2 against the Bears when playing at Coors Events Center. Cal still holds the overall series lead 14-13.

    - CU has started 6-3 or better in league play for just the third time in the last 43 seasons.

    - Colorado has outrebounded its opponent in 19 of 22 games.

    - The Buffs forced 15 turnovers, the second most this year, but they only led to seven points.

    - Colorado only had two turnovers in the first half.

    - In the first half, California made 4 of its first 8 (50%) but finished to 4-18 (22.2%). Colorado started out 1-19 (5.3%) and went on a run to improve to 12-17 (70.6%).

    - Colorado started the game 8-14 FT but made 13-16 in the last 4:30.

    Up next for Colorado … A battle for first place in the Pac-12 with Oregon in Eugene … Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Fox Sports 1 …


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