"(These are) some tough lessons that we're going through right now. Until we learn from some of our mistakes, we're going to have long nights," CU head coach Ricardo Patton said afterward the game.
Among the mistakes on Monday: 21 turnovers, poor transition defense, neglecting to get the ball inside to the CU post players enough.
But most of all, according to Patton, the Buffs' chemistry is still a work in progress.
"I just don't think that we've come together the way we need to come together as a team," Patton said.
Colorado came together well enough in the first 20 minutes to lead 35-31 at the halftime break. That was due to 10 offensive rebounds before the break, as well as seven blocks. But the Waves quickly erased the deficit after the half, and took a 44-41 lead on a 3-pointer by reserve Kingsley Costain. (Pepperdine was able to hurt the Buffs much of the night from beyond the arc, hitting 13 of 33.) When Richard Roby missed shots on three consecutive possessions midway through the half, Pepperdine answered with two treys and took an eight-point lead.
The Buffs pulled to within one when freshman Jeremy Williams made a demonstrative block and Dominique Coleman grabbed the loose ball, raced the court and converted a layup-and-one. But the Buffs came up empty on too many possessions down the stretch, while Pepperdine found a way to get the ball in the hole.
It wasn't as if CU didn't have a chance, though. The Waves hit only 9 of 18 free throws in the final five minutes of the game. Interestingly, the Buffs (3-5) have struggled from the line this season, but this was the team's best effort there, as they made 11 of 13. Colorado also outrebounded the Waves 48-39. But those positives didn't add up to a win.
Give credit to Pepperdine. The team has been on the road now for seven of its eight games played a full-court zone press the entire game, and pushed the pace on offense, as well. But they still looked like the more energized squad much of the game.
Freshman Xavier Silas, starting his second game, answered the call with 19 points. Coleman had a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards.
Next up, the Buffs host Colorado State Saturday.
Sophomore Jermyl Jackson-Wilson took an elbow to the midsection in the first half and looked staggered for two possessions until a ref finally blew the whistle and ordered JJW to be looked at by trainers. He and teammate Marcus King-Stockton had been on IV earlier in the day, Patton said afterward, and JJW left the game in the first half and received IV treatment through the halftime break, then returned to action in the second half. Patton said dehydration was the culprit. …Patton said after the game that fourth-year senior Marcus Hall will not return to the court this season. Instead, Hall — who is out this semester with academic issues — will redshirt, and be eligible to play next year. Patton said he made the decision in Hall's academic interest. Patton said if Hall were to return next semester and use up his eligibility, Patton didn't think Hall would return to school next fall and finish his degree.
Points: Richard Roby 32
Rebounds: Jeremy Williams, Dominique Coleman 10
Assists: Dwight Thorne 5
Turnovers: Coleman, Roby 5
Blocks: Jermyl Jackson-Wilson 4
Steals: Jackson-Wilson 3
Points: Chase Griffin 18
Rebounds: Griffin 9
Assists: Griffin 5
Turnovers: Gregg Barlow 4
Blocks: Jarrad Henry 4
Steals: Marvin Lea 2