Colorado 93, Cal Poly 78

Two numbers told the story in Colorado's 93-75 win over Cal Poly Saturday night at the Coors Events Center. The Buffs had 19 assists and just five turnovers in a game where they were, at times, effective in both the half-court and the fast break.

THE RECAP
Colorado found itself down 23-19 at the 10:54 mark in the first half. But beginning with an Andy Osborn 3-pointer, CU went on a 19-3 run over the next 6 minutes, pulling ahead by 12 before Cal Poly could slowed the Buffs.

Colorado squandered the double-digit lead it had built by allowing the Mustangs open looks from beyond the arc. Cal Poly hit three treys in the final 3:26 of the first half to close the gap to six, as CU took a 45-39 lead into the locker room.

Though Cal Poly (1-4) stayed within reach for the first part of the second half, Colorado's fast break eventually wore down the Mustangs. When Marcus Hall stole the ball near mid-court and raced to CU's goal for a one-hand dunk, it ignited the 1,559 in attendance and began a run that put the game out of Cal Poly's reach.

All five starters scored in double figures for CU, led by Richard Roby and Andy Osborn's 17 point efforts. Osborn grabbed 10 boards, giving the senior his second career double-double.

CU, which moved to 4-1 on the year, outrebounded Cal Poly 46-33. CU forced 15 turnovers.

THE HYPE
• For the third straight game, Marcus Hall drew the start at point guard in place of Dominique Coleman. Patton said after Hall started vs. St. Mary's that he had benched Coleman for disciplinary reasons. But through the team's first four games, Hall has looked more proficient at running the team. Hall has 24 assists to Coleman's 12. However, Coleman had two good assists midway through the second half. On one, he drove the lane and found Martane Freeman who converted. Then he found Marcus King-Stockton, who converted with a dunk.

• The Buffs were able to get out and run, maybe more than any of the previous three games. At times they're still holding the ball too much in the half-court offense, but Saturday, they were also finding some new looks in the new scheme.

• Roby has been more aggressive on the offensive end the past three games, and he's doing it without forcing shots.

• With the pep band in Houston with the football team, and only 1,559 in the stands, it was one of the more quiet crowds in recent memory.

THE QUOTES
Ricardo Patton
On the five starters being in double figures
RP:
They did a pretty good job sharing the basketball. We had 19 assists. Anytime you have that many, that says you're sharing the basketball.

Q: Do you think your half-court offense is coming along?
RP:
It's finding its way. Guys are getting better at the different reads and options that it presents. We've just got to keep plugging away at it.

On what needs improving
RP:
Early on I thought there were combinations on the floor that we didn't get solid defense from all five guys. Typically, it's just one breakdown. But that's all any team needs is just one guy to breakdown. So we've got to make sure that all five guys that are on the floor are playing at the same intensity level on the defensive end.

Q: That 12-0 run in the first half, Roby sparked it with a steal. That's got to be encouraging.
RP:
Yeah, it is. One of the things they can all expect is me to harp on their defense all year long. That was one possession.

Q: You've started Marcus Hall at point guard the past three games. Are you liking what he's bringing?
RP:
I did tonight. I thought he did a nice job blowing it up (the court). He will continue to get better at it. I like his energy. He's a team captain and he's doing a good job of speaking up and trying to rally the troops.

Q: You got a double-double from Osborn.
RP:
The last thing I look at is the scoring. I look at turnovers, I look at assists, I look at rebounds. Free-throw percentage. (But) Andy's been solid all season long.

Q: Have you looked ahead at Utah?
RP:
ˆ was too concerned with Cal Poly to worry about Utah. But I'll look at Utah film tonight. We'll come in tomorrow and go over that with the team and start preparing for them.

THE NUMBERS
Colorado

Points: Richard Roby, Andy Osborn 17
Rebounds: Osborn 10
Assists: Marcus Hall 5
Turnovers: Dominique Coleman 2
Blocks: Osborn, Arrington 2
Steals: Coleman 3

Cal Poly
Points: Coby Leavitt, Derek Stockalper 17
Rebounds: Gabe Stephenson 12
Assists: Chaz Thomas 5
Turnovers: Thomas 5
Blocks: Leavitt 3
Steals: two tied with one

THE NOTES
Cal Poly head coach Kevin Bromley had some choice words for the officials as he walked off the court at halftime and drew a technical foul. Roby hit one of two foul shots awarded from the call to begin the second half. The miss ended Roby's consecutive free-throw streak at 15. …Walk-on guard Kyle Carder saw his first action and hit a trey. …Copeland now has 301 career rebounds. ...Up next, Colorado hosts Utah at 7 p.m. Wednesday.