After a thrilling matchup between two top 25 teams on Sunday night, the No. 20 University of Colorado Buffaloes upset the No. 10 University of Oregon Ducks in their first 100-point performance of the season, 100-91. With this win, the Buffs improved to 13-2 overall and 2-0 in Pac-12 play, and handed Oregon its first loss of the season (13-1).
The last time the Buffs broke the 100-point mark happened three years ago on Dec 19, 2010 against Longwood.
"That was a high-level basketball game," head coach Tad Boyle said. "Obviously, it was a treat for anybody that was in the building today. We got treated to a knock-down, drag-out by two very good teams, two legitimate top-20 teams."
The Buffs hit another milestone during the game on Sunday night after two players scored 20+ points to win. The last time the team achieved the feat was March 18th, 2011 against the California Golden Bears.
On top of all that, the last time the Buffs started out the season with a 13-2 record was in the 1968-69 season. And after defeating No. 6 Kansas in December, the Buffs are two-for-two against top-10 opponents for the first time since Boyle's first season with the Buffaloes in 2010-11.
Junior guard Askia Booker led the team with a career-high and game-high 27 points, and added seven rebound and 4 assists on top of that. Three more Buffs scored in double-digits right behind Booker, with Spencer Dinwiddie at 23 and Xavier Johnson and Josh Scott at 15 each.
"When Ski plays really well, we play really well. Me, Josh and (Xavier Johnson) don't change that much," Dinwiddie said. "Ski can be up and down, but when he's up we are one good team...He played really good today and we got a win against a top-ranked team."
Scott picked up his fifth straight double-double and his eighth of the season as he grabbed 12 rebounds along with his 15 points. In doing so, he is now tied for first in the Pac-12 for double-double performances with Arizona State's Jordan Bachynski.
In forty minutes of play, the teams saw six tied scores and nine lead changes in a game of back-and-forth.
The Buffs came out shooting strong in the first half with three-point shooting being their only downfall. Going into the break, the Buffs shot 15 for 27 (55.6%) from the field, 1 for 6 from the three-point range (16.7%), and were perfect from the foul line (13 for 13).
The Ducks also shot well in the half, going 16 for 35 from the field (45.7%), 5 for 13 from behind the arc (38.5%), and went perfect from the charity stripe as well (5 for 5).
After going down by as much as nine points (21-12) in the first half with ten minutes left, the Buffs rallied back to gain their first lead of the game four minutes later at 28-27. Over the next two minutes, the lead changed four more times before the Buffs started to take control.
By the end of the half, the Buffs held a slight edge over the Ducks with a 44-42 score.
But the Ducks fought back as soon as play resumed in the second half. They tied the score up at 48 before going on a 10-0 run over the next minute and a half to gain their biggest lead of the game, 58-48.
But the Buffs weren't ready to turn over just yet. They picked up their offense after that and regained the lead for the last time with 9:32 left on the clock. Their biggest lead of the game came with two and a half minutes remaining when the score read 91-80.
"Luckily, I think we had the same type of situation (in the second half)," Dinwiddie said. "When we were down 21-12, we fought back to take the lead...When (Oregon's shots) stopped falling, and we started counteracting their pressure, we started scoring to get the lead back."
The Ducks outscored the Buffs 11-9 on the way out, but it wasn't enough to compensate for the eleven-point deficit. The Buffs ran away with a huge victory, 100-91.
For the night, the Ducks shot 33 for 78 from the field (42.3%), 9 for 25 from the three (36.0%), and 16 for 21 from the foul line (76.2%). But the Buffs outplayed them in every category. They shot 31 for 55 from the field (56.4%), 5 for 12 from the three (41.7%), and 33 for 39 from the free throw line (84.6%).
"When you play a game like that, you just have to have the mentality of they're not going to score, and if my teammate gets beat, I'm going to help him out," Booker said. "I think we did a great job of that tonight."
With this win, the Buffs are making a statement to the rest of the NCAA.
"We thought we kind of made a statement with Kansas when we put that on the books," Dinwiddie said. "We just showed we're not going to lose at home--yet, at least, I mean. We're a very tough team at home and we continue to show that."
The Buffs will go on the road for the next couple of games, starting out with Washington State on Wednesday, Jan 8 at 7:00 p.m.
"Now we have to go prove that we can win on the road in this league," Boyle said.