The cold front that hit Boulder two days ago has brought chilly temperatures inside the Coors Events Center during practices, according to the CU players. At the beginning of Wednesday night's game vs. Utah, the chill extended to the Buffs' shooting.
Colorado missed its first seven shots before Marcus Hall drained a 3-pointer at the 15:30 mark. Fortunately, Utah wasn't faring much better on offense early.
Amazingly, CU's first six scores of the game were 3-pointers, including Glean Eddy's and-1, which gave the Buffs an 18-12 lead. The Buffs warmed up from there, nailing eight 3-pointers before the break, and leading 33-16 at the half.
The Utes pulled to within eight early in the second half, but reserve Martane Freeman came off the bench to spark CU. His bank shot, followed by a reverse layup helped start a Colorado run. Utah never got closer than 14 points after that.
Freeman had nine points, five boards and three steals, while Richard Roby secured a double-double, leading all in points (19) and rebounds (10).
Utah's 6-11 Chris Jackson was effective at times in the paint, but overall CU played strong defense from the jump to the final buzzer. The Buffs had nine steals and forced 17 turnovers, while dishing 18 assists.
The Buffs moved to 5-1 on the season with the win, while Utah fell to 4-2.
• Roby's game is maturing quickly. While he was just 7 of 17 from the field Wednesday, he seems more comfortable in the role of go-to guy. He's seeing the floor well, and has stepped up his defense, as well.
• The student section started chanting "Billy Boidock" with about 2 minutes to go in the game and the Buffs up by 17 points. Ricardo Patton called the walk-on's name and inserted him into the game with well under a minute to play. On CU's final possession, Boidock came off a good screen by Andy Osborn, collected a pass and hit a 3-pointer, the first of the four-year player's career. Afterwards, Patton said he was excited for the walk-on.
• Dominique Coleman continues to come off the bench after being penciled in as the team's starting point guard early in the season. The role might work well, as Coleman brings great energy to the floor. While he's still struggling to find his outside shot, Coleman is doing other things well. In the second half Wednesday, he grabbed a rebound and went coast-to-coast for an impressive layup. The play got the student section on its feet.
• Speaking of fans, the announced attendance of 2,472 is certainly a disappointment for an athletic department trying to generate some excitement about its men's basketball team. You'd think more people would have been interested in catching CU play a good Mountain West team with a rich history of NCAA Tournament appearances.
Points: Richard Roby 19
Rebound: Chris Copeland 4
Turnovers: three tied with 2
Blocks: Copeland 2
Steals: Martane Freeman 3
Points: Bryant Markson 13
Rebounds: Chris Jackson 7
Assists: Lawrence Borha 3
Turnovers: Rafael DaSilva 5
Blocks: Jackson 1
Steals: five tied with 1
Colorado set a school record in 3-point attempts with 37. The old record was 35, set in 2001. … CU will not play again until the Buffs host UC-Irvine Dec. 17.