Buffs Regain Footing Against Savannah State

The University of Colorado men's basketball team avenged a disappointing nationally-televised loss to No. 13 Kansas earlier in the week by shutting down visiting Savannah State. The Buffs cruised to an 89-57 victory over the visiting Tigers Thursday night at the Coors Events Conference Center. Here is a game recap.

Senior forward Michele Morandais led a Colorado offensive charge which saw 12 different Buffaloes score points in the contest, dropping a game-high 21 in the victory.

Sophomore point guard Jason Obazuaye also contributed with a career-high 17 in his first start of the season for the Buffs.

Senior Blair Wilson and junior center David Harrison rounded out Colorado's individual double-digit scoring performances, as the opposite posts combined to 9-31, and score 16 and 12, respectively.

"It was alright," Harrison said of his play in the victory. "I didn't shoot too hot, but I was hitting my fadeaways."

The victory snaps a three-game losing streak for the Buffs dating back to Dec. 23 when CU lost against Utah. Since, the Buffaloes have dropped two other home games to Richmond (75-62 on Dec. 31) and Kansas (77-62 Monday).

"It was kind of dead out there, but we hadn't won three games and we needed to play well," Harrison said "We got some things done that will help us in the future."

Colorado demonstrated control in the game from the outset; embarking on a 16-2 run to begin the contest thanks to three pointers from starters Obazuaye and Morandais, along with four early free throws from Harrison.

Savannah State would just as quickly fight its way back into the game; however, as the Tigers conjured their own 16-3 run over the next six minutes. As Colorado head coach Ricardo Patton brought Scott Senger, Glean Eddy, and Marcus Hall into the game off the bench for the Buffaloes, key three point shots from Savannah State guards Jamal Daniels and Donald Carson brought the Tigers back from what was a 14-point deficit to within one, 19-18 with 7:35 left in the first.

The one-point margin would be as close as the Tigers would come to owning a lead in the game, as the Buffalo attack finally began to round itself out as the opening half closed.

CU concluded an 8-0 run in with 3:37 to go, helped by consecutive layups from Harrison and a transition dunk following a steal from Obazuaye, lifting CU to a 34-19 advantage.

Morandais hit a three from the left side as time expired, giving CU a 43-25 halftime lead.

Seven Buffaloes scored points for CU in the first half, including a period-high 13 from Morandais, who hit 5-7 from the floor and 2-4 from beyond the arc in 15 minutes of play.

The Tigers were able to keep pace with Colorado as the teams began second half play. Donald Carson hit a three to open scoring in the period, and four other Savannah State players contributed points, assisting in a 10-7 Tiger run to open the second half.

Morandais countered the SVSU attack with an elevated jumper from the left side, followed by an electrifying transition dunk after a defensive rebound and assist by Harrison, as Colorado extended its lead to 58-37 with 13:55 to go.

A pair of Blair Wilson free throws made CU's margin 30 as the eight-minute mark approached, and Savannah State would not get closer than 26 as time expired.

The Buffaloes will close out a 41-day, nine game in-state stint Saturday when they'll host their final non-conference game of the season against Northern Colorado (7pm tip).

CU begins conference play Jan. 14 against Nebraska in Lincoln.

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