Buffs use big 2nd half to beat Colorado State, 86-80
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado hit 12 consecutive shots during a decisive run in the second half before surviving a late Colorado State rally, and the Buffaloes beat the Rams 86-80 on Saturday.
Colorado trailed by one when it got hot from the field. Wright hit three field goals, Bey also had three and the Buffaloes went ahead 70-59 with 6:19 left.
The Rams got back into the game by making five straight shots, the last by Anthony Masinton-Bonner to cap a 16-4 run to give Colorado State a 75-74 lead.
Colorado hit five free throws down the stretch to hold on.
The Buffaloes shot just 33 percent in the first half and trailed 32-29 at intermission. They turned that around in the second half, hitting 62 percent and scoring 57 points to beat their in-state rival.
Colorado State: The Rams suffered their first true road loss of the season under new head coach Niko Medved. Colorado State will have a period of adjustment, but the good news is Nevada isn’t on the schedule until Jan. 23.
Colorado: Without any marquee non-conference opponents, wins are at a premium for the Buffaloes. They recovered from a cold first half to take care of business. Colorado needs to do well in the Diamond Head Classic later this month to put itself in a good position heading into Pac-12 play.
Colorado State: Hosts Arkansas on Wednesday.
Colorado: Hosts South Dakota on Tuesday.