After a slow and sloppy start, the Buffs dispatched of the Bears fairly easily. It was the second-consecutive victory for CU, who moved to 12-3 overall, 2-2 in the Big 12. Baylor, who did not play any non-conference games this season, a punishment for NCAA violations, is now 0-3.
Early on, CU had trouble with Baylor's zone defense. Baylor came into the game leading the conference in 3-point field goal defense. Teams had hit just five of 23 treys in Baylor's two games. Colorado came into the game as a team that relies on the 3-pointer. The Buffs were shooting more threes per game than any Big 12 team.
Colorado struggled from beyond the arc early. CU turnovers, coupled with Baylor's tenacity on the offensive boards propelled the Bears to a lead through almost the entire first 10 minutes of play. When 3-pointers by Andy Osborn and Richard Roby on consecutive possessions broke CU's string of misses, the Buffs finally took the lead at the 10:14 mark.
By the break, Colorado's six 3-pointers accounted for their 36-18 lead.
As much as the outside shooting, sophomore Marcus King-Stockton made an impact in the first half when Ricardo Patton inserted him into the lineup. King-Stockton had seven offensive rebounds in the first half.
"He may be the most ready post player at this point," Patton said. "I don't think Julius (Ashby) is where he will be. Marcus is a smart kid and understands the game a little bit better right now. He did a nice job for us."
Ashby, the 6-9 senior who missed the team's first two months of games for academic reasons, has yet to score in CU's four conference games. However, Ashby pulled down 10 boards in 17 minutes.
Baylor never got closer than 13 points in the second half. The Buffs effectively shut down BU's leading scorer, guard Aaron Bruce, who came into the contest averaging 15, but managed just nine points.
"We wanted to not lose him and not leave him," Patton said of CU's defensive strategy on Bruce. "We wanted to make sure we knew where he was at all times."
Colorado shot 44 percent from the field, and from beyond the arc. They outrebounded Baylor 56-39. Colorado plays Oklahoma State on the road Saturday.
Points: Richard Roby 29
Rebounds: Marcus King-Stockton 11
Assists: Dominique Coleman 7
Turnovers: Julius Ashby 3
Blocks: Four tied with 2
Steals: Five tied with 1
Points: Henry Dugat 10
Rebounds: Mamadou Diene 10
Assists: Dugat, Curtis Jerrells 3
Turnovers: Aaron Bruce 3
Blocks: Diene, Mark Shepherd 2
Steals: Patrick Fields 2
• Baylor had the most entertaining warm-up drill of any team that's played in Coors this season. An assistant coach rolled a ball toward mid-court while a player ran after it and dove on the floor to stop it before flipping it to another assistant. Then the player ran back under the basket and stood while a trainer ran across the floor and ran into the player so the player could practice taking a charge.
• Richard Roby followed his career-high 33 point effort in the win at Missouri with 21 points, seven boards, three assists and two steals against Baylor. Roby's overall game continues to improve. Patton said early on this season, the sophomore "had one foot in and one foot out the door," referring to the possibility that Roby was thinking about the NBA. "I think when that happens to players, they're not going to be as good as they can be. I think he has settled in, and he works hard every day. And there's no reason he shouldn't get better."
• Colorado's home attendance continues to lag. Only 3,440 showed up Wednesday.
• Patton and the team are still waiting for Ashby to come around. "We're still a couple pieces out from being a whole at this point. If we were to see the same Julius that played in the conference tournament last year. Or even the same Julius when he had 14 points and 17 rebounds against Cal. That was a different Julius than we're seeing right now. So we've just got to be patient. That guy will show up at some point."
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