Missouri 79, Colorado 65

A promising beginning turned ugly quickly and Colorado dropped a home game to Missouri on Wednesday, 79-65.

The first several minutes of Wednesday night's game were entertaining, as both teams were pressing and running. But as things settled down, Colorado seemed bent on bringing its woeful road show home to the Coors Events Center.

The Buffs were terrible on offense, hitting just 37.9 percent from the field, and just 1 of 15 from beyond the arc. Eleven first half turnovers helped Missouri to a 13-point lead at the break. CU was never really in the game in the second half.

By the end, it had turned into one of the most boring games at Coors in a while.

"We let them get out to a lead in the first half," junior Richard Roby said.

"We've to to be able to match team's runs," he added, commenting on something the Buffs were unable to do Wednesday.

Roby continued his slump. One game after scoring just a single point (on the road at Nebraska), he managed 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting.

Head coach Ricardo Patton, who's time at the helm of the program is quickly winding down — Patton is scheduled to coach just four more games in Boulder — once again brought up the team's youth as a factor for its poor offensive showing. Four freshmen played in double digits Wednesday, and Patton noted it's typical for freshmen to struggle with their shot the first season in the Big 12.

However, it was two freshmen — Jeremy Williams (15 points) and Xavier Silas (16) — who led the Buffs in scoring Wednesday.

The loss put Colorado at 5-11 overall, 1-5 in the conference. CU is now alone at the bottom of the Big 12 standings. Missouri moved to 12-6 and 1-4.

Ten players logged double digits in minutes for the Tigers, who displayed their uptempo game much of the night. Mizzou's bench was effective, scoring 38 of its team's 79 points. Colorado countered with just eight points off the bench.

As poorly as the Buffs played at home Wednesday, they've been worse on the road this season. That's in part why Roby called the loss to Missouri "pretty tough."

"Now you've got to go on the road to Kansas," he said.

Indeed, CU plays at Kansas Saturday, then at Baylor on Tuesday.

• Freshman center Marc Van Burck saw his first action since the first game of the year. Van Burck, who suffered a foot injury in the opening game, checked in with 2:03 remaining and went 0 for 2.

Stat Leaders

Points: Xavier Silas 16, Jeremy Williams 15
Rebounds: Marcus King-Stockton 9
Assists Silas, Dominique Coleman 3
Turnovers: Richard Roby 4
Blocks: King-Stockton, Coleman 2
Steals: Jermyl Jackson-Wilson 2

Points: Stefhon Hannah, Matt Lawrence 14
Rebounds: Darryl Butterfield 7
Assists Hannah 5
Turnovers: three with 2
Blocks: Leo Lyons 3
Steals: Lyons 2

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