LAS VEGAS — Following three consecutive lopsided victories, Colorado was sorely examined by Grand Canyon on Tuesday night time.
The Lopes gave the Buffaloes all they may deal with. However CU finally handed the check.
On a sizzling capturing night time by each groups, the Buffs as soon as once more received the job performed on the free throw line to carry off Grand Canyon for a 74-64 win at T-Cell Enviornment. It was the fourth consecutive win for the Buffs of their remaining scheduled nonconference sport of the season, as CU will flip its consideration to a difficult run of three consecutive highway video games to begin Pac-12 Convention play subsequent week.
The sport was tied 27-27 at halftime however the Buffs opened up a nine-point lead on a Maddox Daniels 3-pointer with about Eight minutes left. Grand Canyon stored issues shut with an 11-Three run to tug inside a degree with 5:16 remaining, however the Buffs scored the following 10 factors to tug away down the stretch.
“This workforce is resilient they usually’re powerful,” CU head coach Tad Boyle mentioned. “We get outrebounded they usually shoot virtually 51 p.c on us and we win by 10. Even on the Tennessee loss, there’s something about this workforce that’s particular which you could’t put into phrases. There’s a toughness and a resiliency that they’ve.
“Within the first half I believe we had a few eight-point leads they usually received shrunk. I assumed Grand Canyon needed it extra and was the more durable workforce within the first 20 minutes. And I assumed we actually bowed our backs within the second half.”
Level guard McKinley Wright turned in one other spectacular all-around efficiency, going 8-for-14 from the sphere whereas recording 21 factors, seven assists, and 4 rebounds. The Buffs shot a torrid .615 after halftime (16-for-26), offsetting a .509 capturing efficiency by Grand Canyon.
CU dedicated 4 turnovers within the sport’s first 10 minutes however recorded simply three the remainder of the way in which. It was a season-high capturing efficiency by a CU opponent, however the Buffs protection was in a position to pressure 17 turnovers. CU was outrebounded for the primary time this season, with Grand Canyon posting a 33-20 edge on the glass.
Evan Battey survived foul bother to attain 16 factors, whereas Jeriah Horned added 12 factors and 5 rebounds off the bench. CU entered the sport main the nation in free throw proportion and stored that momentum rolling in opposition to the Lopes, going 18-for-21 on the line.
“The final timeout, we simply talked about how we needed to shut the hole and end the sport out sturdy,” Wright mentioned. “They used two of their timeouts early within the (second) half after which they used one at concerning the 8:40 mark and we knew they had been out of timeouts the remainder of the way in which. We stored operating them down and we knew they had been going to gradual the sport down and attempt to make us work the entire 30 seconds. We simply needed to get stops down the stretch and run.”
Colorado 74, Grand Canyon 64
Battey 4-9 7-8 16, Walton 1-Three 2-2 5, Parquet 0-Zero 4-Four 4, Wright 8-14 4-5 21, Schwartz 2-Four 1-2 6, Horne 5-9 0-0 12, Daniels 1-Three 0-Zero 3, Barthelemy 1-Four 0-Zero 2, Walker 2-2 0-Zero 5, Strating 0-Zero 0-Zero 0. Totals 24-48 18-21 74.
GRAND CANYON (4-3)
Frayer 0-Three 0-Zero 0, Lever 3-9 2-2 9, Midtgaard 8-9 0-1 16, Blacksher 7-9 2-2 17, Dixon 0-2 0-Zero 0, Miller-Moore 5-6 1-3 12, Stone 2-Eight 0-Zero 5, McGlothan 1-5 0-Zero 2, McMillian 1-2 0-Zero 3. Totals 27-53 5-8 64.
Halftime — 27-27. 3-Level Targets — Colorado 8-17 (Horne 2-5, Daniels 1-1, Walker 1-1, Schwartz 1-2, Walton 1-2, Wright 1-2, Battey 1-3, Barthelemy 0-1), Grand Canyon 5-20 (Miller-Moore 1-1, Blacksher 1-2, McMillian 1-2, Lever 1-3, Stone 1-5, Dixon 0-1, Frayer 0-3, McGlothan 0-3). Rebounds — Colorado 20 (Horne 5), Grand Canyon 33 (Midtgaard 9). Assists_Colorado 10 (Wright 7), Grand Canyon 15 (Miller-Moore 5). Whole Fouls — Colorado 15, Grand Canyon 17.