Buffs Look to Rebound Against Cal-Poly

The University of Colorado men's basketball team will look to redeem itself after suffering the first loss of its season Monday night, a 94-77 defeat at the hands of Pepperdine, as the Buffs close out their season-opening three-game road trip against Cal-Poly Wednesday night in San Luis Obispo, California.

David Harrison scored 30 points in the Colorado loss Monday, grabbing eight rebounds and swatting six blocks in the process. In the end, however, the Buffaloes were simply outshot by the underdog Waves. Pepperdine dropped more than 45% of the shots it took on the night, including a combined effort which saw the Wave drain 11 threes, while hitting .656 from the free throw line. Six Pepperdine players scored in double figures in an uncharacteristically high scoring effort from the normally paced program.

Two other Colorado players hit double figures on the night. Forward Michele Morandais and senior guard Blair Wilson each scored 15, combining to shoot a still meager 10-32 from the field.

Perhaps the single biggest factor to CU's 17-point defeat Monday was the Buffaloes' notable ineptitude from the free throw line. Colorado made good on slightly better than 45% of the 22 free throws they took, compared to Pepperdine's 21 made charity stripe shots.

"We did a good job of getting the ball into David, but I thought we should have been more patient," head coach Ricardo Patton said following his team's first loss since its exit from the NCAA Tournament following the first round last season. "I didn't think we got much production out of the bench tonight. We had some guys that played okay, but it wasn't the same as the other night at Northwestern. We need to get Blair (Wilson) and Michel (Morandais) some rest and have some guys who can come in and score."

The Buffaloes will seek a rebound performance against a Cal-Poly team fresh off a thrilling road victory of its own. The Mustangs shot 45% from the field and 80% from the line to steal its first win of the season over Cal 63-62 Friday night.

CU's primary challenge will to be contain 6-foot-7 junior forward Nick Enzweiller, who dropped 17 points while grabbing five rebounds and even dishing three assists Friday. Sophomore Kameron Gray represents Cal-Poly's other prominent scoring threat. The 6-foot-1 second-year starter hit 14 while managing to grab five rebounds of his own against Cal.

Mustang players who had seen action prior to Friday night's come-from-behind win accounted for more than half of the team's total rebounding output (17), but only 33 percent of the team's points (21). Cal-Poly newcomers, including Enzweiller, accounted for 42 of the team's 63 points. The transfer from the University of Texas-El Paso earned his first West Conference player of the week honor following the Cal game.

The rest of the Mustangs' projected starting lineup managed just 17 points.

Wednesday night's meeting will be the second ever between with two teams, with CU leading the series 1-0. The Buffaloes had no problem dropping Cal-Poly in the teams' only previous meeting, which saw a 97-69 CU victory on Nov. 16 of last year.

Wednesday's game will be the last CU plays away from Boulder until Dec. 10. The Buffaloes open play at home between now and then with games against Oregon State (Dec. 1) and California (Dec. 6). Both of those games are scheduled for 7 o'clock tips.

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