We (finally) join the contest with Stanford ahead 23-8 with 9:01 left in the first half. Wait, what? How did this happen? We're 8-of-14 and they're 2-of-16. April Fools didn't come early, right? Hey, we'll take it.
John Gage with a three to stretch the lead to 17 and push Stanford's run to 11-0. That's nothing compared to the 32-5 run at Maples in January, but still. 25-8 with 7:59 left in the first half.
Two Colorado free throws, then it's Josh Owens inside, then Colorado misses another open corner three – they've had that shot several times already. 2-of-19 for the Buffs, but Stanford throws it away. Colorado's 13-1 at home this year, but there they go missing the front end of a second straight one-and- one. Colorado three, Stanford again throws it away, Colorado again misses a bunny. Steve Physioc: "How many easy looks has Colorado blown in this first half?" (A few minutes later, the "grand" Marquees Johnson guesses seven or eight.) Ticker says Eagles just signed Trent Edwards to a one-year contract, good for him, great guy. Colorado misses yet again from five feet. 29-13, four-minute TV timeout.
Owens splits a pair from the line, with Colorado now in early foul trouble. Colorado pick and roll for a layup as we decline to rotate. Powell hits a pair. Colorado from inside again, again with Anthony Brown too late to rotate, then it's Powell drawing a charge on a tough call. Both teams brick open threes, then the refs call a block on Gage on another garbage call. Bright pulls up early in the clock and nails a three with some swagger, whoa. Gage with a block. "Stanford's interior defense has been fantastic." Sure enough, then there's another block, and then it's Gage with an open three, and it's 38-18 all of a sudden. We're 7-of-11 deep, but Gage draws his third foul. The Buffs miss both; they're 5-of-12 from the line. Chasson Randle with the Princeton backdoor cut for a deuce, Colorado layup, and Owens misses a three as time runs out. Dawkins: "It's fun to see the ball go in." 40-20 at the half. 27-12 on the boards and 21-4 in bench points. 54 percent versus 21 percent overall accuracy.
As the second half starts, it's Randle with a five-foot floater. Andy Zimmerman from inside, then Anthony Brown with a three as Colorado continues to brick it up. Man, if we could find some consistency, the potential certainly appears to be there. Another year or two of experience, perhaps? Dwight Powell can't quite convert an alley oop, but the idea was great. Randle splits a pair. Colorado charge, they can't buy a bucket. Sure enough, another charge on the Buffs, nice stand by Powell. Colorado free throw jumper, Owens with a pump fake and a three foot bunny. 49-24 at the 16- minute mark. Too bad Pac-12 standings aren't based on point spread.
Two Buff free throws. 52 to 23 percent still from the field. Colorado's just 50 percent from the line; we're at 75 percent. Zimmermann falls to the ground to try to save a loose ball but is called for travelling. Colorado only has three turnovers, go figure. We can't penetrate the arc an entire possession, but Randle launches a prayer at the buzzer that naturally swishes, then puts his finger to his lips in a shh motion. When it rains, folks. Nastic with a nice O board off a missed Zimmermann three, then Randle with an and-one as we go into and out of a break. 55-28 with 13 to play.
Randle's fouled coming off a screen on a three attempt and makes two of the free throws as he hits the 20-point mark. He's 3-of-3 deep. Colorado with a bunny. Then Josh Huestis puts up the Card's sixth block on the night, as the bench is getting into the action. 57-30 with 10 minutes left.
Garbage time here, so we're going to lay off the keyboard a little here. 12-0 us on second-chance points. Buff three, Brown turnaround, Buffs miss two threes but get a breakaway dunk the next possession. We pull down another O board – it's 2-to-1 us on the glass, and then it's Bright with a three. 62-37 at the seven-minute mark.
Both teams miss a whole bunch of shots, then the Buffs split a pair, and then it's Powell underneath for a layup. We are getting a lot of easy looks tonight. Buffs finally make two straight free throws, didn't know that was possible. Still, way too little too late. Hello Andy Brown, who knocks down an open eight- footer. Buffs miss another pair from the line, which is problematic as it's the only way they're scoring. There's a left-shoulder jump hook–send it in, Josh Owens! Colorado misses another pair – unreal. Colorado jump hook from six, then Andy Brown returns the favor with an identical shot off the glass. Double points if he called that. Some other stuff happens but it really doesn't matter, Stanford's winning this one running away and Colorado has stopped trying. 72-45 with three to go.
Stanford's at +5.4 in rebounding margin, which will improve enough to be the best in the league after tonight's showing. Colorado charge, a couple of turnovers, Jack Ryan makes an appearance. Colorado's 12-of-26 from the line, make that 12-of-27 as it looked like that free throw hit only glass and no iron. A lot of fouls we've committed, but if we keep defending the floor like this, I'm perfectly fine with that. Colorado closes with major momentum by making two straight from the line, and that's all she wrote.
Final: Stanford 74, Colorado 50. Randle leads the way with 20 points on just 10 field goal attempts. We're 9-7 in the league (19-9 overall), yet on pace to be the No. 7 seed at Staples, go figure. Then again, we're a game and a half from fourth, and do host 5-22 Utah next.
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