Men's Hoops Earns Second Win Over Cal-Poly

The University of Colorado men's basketball team hit better than 44 percent from the floor, including a slightly improved 16-for-23 from the free throw line, fending off Cal-Poly to earn its second victory of the young season; a 73-62 win over the Mustangs at Mott Gym in San Luis Obispo, CA Wednesday night.

David Harrison used a 10-for-18 shooting night to tally 22 points in the win, while grabbing 10 rebounds and swatting four blocked shots in arguably his most influential performance of the young season. Michel Morandais and Blair Wilson also broached double figures, scoring 16 and 14 points, respectively, while shooting a combined 11-of-22 from the field.

Colorado used a 25-5 run in the first half to turn a 16-11 deficit into a 36-21 lead with 3:21 to play in the first. After trailing by 10 at halftime, Cal Poly got as close as four after a 3-pointer from Nick Enzweiler made the score 58-54 with 5:30 to play. The Mustang's perennial high scorer failed to top the charts against the Buffs, his 15 eclipsed by a 19-point effort from Varnie Dennis, who shot 7 for 18 from the field, not including a 0-for-5 night from beyond the arc.

Lost in the Colorado victory was CU's own ineptitude from beyond the three-point line. The Buffs hit just one three on the night in ten tries, compared to a .182 effort from the Mustangs. Wilson drained CU's only tre of the game in the second half, after taking four on the night. Chris Copeland and Marcus Hall also had two good looks each at the long ball, but were unable to convert.

Colorado's poor shooting on the road will most certainly be on the top of head coach Ricardo's Patton team issues to address before the Buffs make take the floor for their home-opening performance against Oregon State Dec. 1 at the Coors Events Conference Center in Boulder. In its first three games of the regular season, CU has shot a combined .454 from the field, .301 from beyond the arc, and a most-concerning .609 from the free throw line.

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