PROVO, Utah (AP) — Colorado missed 11 of its final 12 shot attempts of the game, as Brigham Young defeated the Buffaloes 79-71 on Saturday night.
The Buffaloes led 62-61 with 7:50 left, but BYU seized control with a 12-1 run and held on for its second win in as many games.
“We scratched and clawed and got back in this game and then boom, our offensive execution went south,” Buffs head coach Tad Boyle said during his post-game interview with Mark Johnson on KOA Radio. “We stood a lot in the second half. I thought maybe we got tired and maybe I played some guys too many minutes. But it wasn't a good enough effort.
“We are not there yet mentally so we have a lot of room for improvement. That is what is frustrating. This was a winnable game. We fought hard, our guys are trying. It is not because they are not trying. We are just not getting it done. At least we didn't tonight.”
The Buffaloes went 9 for 29 from the field in the second half, including 3 for 13 from 3-point range. BYU was 9 for 19 from 3-point range, including a 4-for-5 effort by Tyler Haws.
Derrick White led Colorado with 21 points, Xavier Johnson had 17 and George King had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
“We got our tails kicked on the backboard. That was the key to the game, was rebounding,” Boyle added. “It wasn't a good enough effort defensively.
“Look, we have some guys that are really struggling right now. Wesley Gordon and Josh Fortune are not playing to their capabilities. We need more out of those guys. I believe in them, they are good kids, they work hard, but they are struggling right now.”
Colorado will play host to Division II Fort Hays State in exhibition play Saturday in Boulder, before traveling to Air Force for a non-conference match-up on Dec. 19.
“We have a week now where we have finals, a lot of practice time, and a lot of time where we can get in the gym, hopefully,” Boyle said.