Men's Hoops Break Comes to an End Friday

The University of Colorado men's basketball team will see a nine-day hiatus come to an end prior to Christmas break, as the Buffaloes prepare to host their first game in over two weeks against Tennessee State at the Coors Events Conference Center in Boulder Friday night at 7:00 p.m. Here is a game preview.

Colorado will be protecting a four-game win streak when it returns to action Friday; dating back to its 73-62 victory over Cal-Poly on Nov. 26. Since, the Buffs have won home games against Oregon State and Cal by a combined margin of 33 points prior to beating Colorado State on Dec 10.

CU junior center David Harrison shot 7-for-12 in a 19-point effort which featured three big dunks for Colorado in his team's most recent 84-78 victory over CSU. Thee other players tallied double figures in CU's fifth win of the year; including 17 from Michel Morandais, along with 14 each from Blair Wilson and Glenn Eddy, respectively.

Both teams shot higher than 40 percent from the field, but the Buffaloes were able to create winning separation from the free throw line. CU shot four percent less from the line (62%) than the Rams, but the Buffaloes saw more chances, posting a 10-24 mark.

The victory marks the first time in Ricardo Patton's eight full seasons at Colorado that the Buffaloes have begun a season 5-1. Meanwhile, CU's current 14-game home winning streak ranks fifth all-time in school history, and is the longest since the 1979-80 season.

Tennessee State ran into a red-hot shooting Wyoming team in its last game Wednesday night, and was torched by the Cowboy offense for a 72 percent field goal mark on the way to a 109-56 win over TSU Larime.

Senior guard Brandon Lockridge came off the bench to score 20 points for the Tigers after nailing six three pointers in the loss. Junior forward Roshaun Bowens added 14 for Tennessee State, which has now dropped seven straight dating back to the last week of November. Tennessee State has yet to defeat an NCAA Division-I opponent this season.

Colorado's bench will be a seat shorter in CU's return to action against the Tigers without the presence of sophomore forward Chris Copeland, who suffered a grazing gunshot wound to the back after being hit by a ricochet when gunmen fired about 15 shots at a party early Sunday.

"He's fine. He's up and about," Patton said Tuesday. "But our trainers don't know when he'll be able to practice."

Copeland shot 2-of-4 and scored five points in 12 minutes of action off the bench in Colorado's victory over CSU.

Friday's matchup against Tennessee State begins the longest consecutive home streak for the Buffs dating back to the 1999-00 season. Colorado will play its next six games within the friendly confines of the Coors Events Center; including matchups against Utah (12/23), Richmond (12/31), Kansas (1/5), Savannah State (1/8), and Northern Colorado (1/10).

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