"I wish I would I have known we were going to play this well before the game started," coach Tad Boyle said after the game.
Boyle had a point as the Buffs looked like they didn't even belong on the same court as Oregon State from the get go. The defense the Buffs played in the first half was close to perfect. Oregon State only scored 16 points on 7-for-23 shooting. The Buffs did play a perfect 7 minutes, 28 seconds of basketball as they held the Beavers scoreless while they scored 11 unanswered points and led 18-9 10 minutes into the game.
Rebounding was the key in the first half for the game. The Buffs outrebounded Oregon State 22-12, including eight offensive boards.
Two of the offensive rebounds led to big buckets. The first by Andre Roberson in which he went over two Beavers to get the rebound and then put it away while getting hit and completed the old fashioned three-point play.
The second was by Austin Dufault as he gathered a rebound and put it through the basket as the clock hit zero; giving the Buffs a 37-18 lead going into half.
With efforts from the full team, Colorado was able to stretch the lead all the way to 28 in the second half before winning by 26. The Buffs shot 71 percent in the second half on 20-for-28 shooting with 13 assists. The team continues to create options for one another.
Marcus Relphorde was the example of that tonight as his quickness forced Oregon State to help on his penetration. Relphorde was able to hit the open man quite a bit, "You look at eight assists for Marcus and that's the most important stat on the stat sheet," Boyle said of his performance.
Relphorde also had 12 points and six rebounds; as well as being on the end of an Alec Burks alley-oop pass that brought all the fans to their feet.
Dufault also had a big game contributing 12 points and five rebounds, but his highlight of the night came on a fast break in the second where he did his best Steve Nash impersonation with a behind the back move for a layup.
Preseason Naismith Buffaloes Alec Burks and Cory Higgins just kept doing what they do best for the team; whatever it takes to win. On a night where teammates were knocking down shots from all over the court, Higgins and Burks played their game and led the Buffs to a victory.
Burks put up 15 points while Higgins had nine points and six assists. Higgins was playing on a bruised leg. He left the game early and went back to the locker room after taking a shot to his leg but came back just a few minutes later.
"When were balanced and we play together and we have a lot of different guys involved we are pretty hard to guard" Boyle said.
Colorado played together on both ends of the court and they walked out of the gym with a 26 point victory over a team they lost to a year ago tonight.
"It gives us a lot of confidence going forward," Knutson said.