After coming off of two straight losses, Colorado picked up a much-needed win at Stanford, 59-56. With this 'W' on their record, they solidified their spot as one of the top four teams in the conference (tied for third) as the Pac-12 heads into postseason play next week.
Before Wednesday night's game, the Buffaloes were on the bubble--the final four teams--to get into the NCAA tournament. While a win at Stanford will not guarantee them a spot in the Big Dance, it will certainly help them out with their bid as the postseason approaches.
For the night, sophomore forward Josh Scott shined on offense and defense. He picked up his 12th double-double of the season after scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Xavier Johnson was right behind him with 14 points and five rebounds.
For the game, the Buffs shot decently. They went 19-49 from the field (38.8%), 4-17 from the three-point range (23.5%), and 17-25 from the free throw line (68.0%). The Cardinal shot about the same. They went 21-57 from the field (36.8%), 4-17 from the three (23.5%), and 10-17 from the charity stripe (58.8%).
Stanford was led by Chasson Randle, who stormed the court and scored 24 points. No other Cardinal broke double-digit points.
The first half got off to somewhat of a slow start with neither team scoring during the first minute and a half of play. Then it got exciting. The first tie of the game came at the 18:17 mark when the score read 3-3, and was followed by six quick lead changes over the next eight minutes.
After the Buffs regained the lead with 11 minutes left in the half, they never lost it. They went up by as much as eight points two separate times after scoring seven unanswered points late in the first.
Although the Cardinal managed to get within three points with 37 seconds left, the Buffs were able to sink another bucket before the buzzer to increase their lead back to five points. They went into the break with a 33-28 lead over Stanford.
Throughout the half, the Buffs shot fairly well. They went 11-24 from the field (45.8%), 3-10 from downtown (30.0%), and 8-11 from the foul line (72.7%). The Cardinal, however, was not as efficient. Stanford shot 10-32 from the field (31.3%), 1-9 from behind the arc (11.1%), and 7-10 from the free throw line (70.0%).
Johnson led the way for the Buffaloes in the first by contributing eight points and three rebounds, and was followed by Scott who added six of each. Eli Stalzer also came off the bench to score five points and grab two rebounds.
For the Cardinal, Josh Huestis paced the team with a eight points and nine rebounds. Chasson Randle was right behind him with seven points and a rebound of his own.
The Buffs continued to play well at the start of the second half, eventually regaining their eight point lead after the first six minutes of play, 46-38. After that, the Cardinal went on an eight-point run to tie the game up at 46 with 7:49 left in the game.
Not long after, they gained their first lead of the half, 49-48, with five minutes left on the clock. The Buffs quickly regained the lead, and managed to hold onto it despite Stanford getting within one point again with 1:17 to go.
In the final minute of the game, Stanford had multiple chances to regain the lead as Colorado kept them within one possession for most of the final 60 seconds. But, despite the Cardinal's best efforts, the Buffs pulled out the huge road win, 59-56.
The Buffs return to the court on Saturday, Mar. 8 at 4:30 p.m. as they visit California for their final regular season game of the 2013-14 season. The Pac-12 tournament is set to start next Wednesday at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.