Colorado 70, Yale 59
Cory Higgins scored 14 of his 23 points in the second half and
Colorado overcame a sluggish start to beat Yale 70-59 Tuesday
Alec Burks added 19 points and Marcus Relphorde 15 for the
Buffaloes (8-4), who improved to 7-0 at home in their best start at
the Coors Events Center since winning their first seven in 2005-06.
Burks also had six steals, part of 30 turnovers in the game by Yale
Yale’s Alex Zampier, who entered averaging 18.9 points per game
as the Ivy League’s leading scorer, didn’t get his first basket
until hitting a layup with 5:16 remained. He finished with a
season-low seven points on 3-of-12 shooting.
Michael Sands and Porter Braswell scored 13 points apiece to
lead Yale, which dominated the boards 41-27 but could not translate
that into success against the more athletic Buffaloes, who led by
one point at halftime.
Colorado started the second half strong, outscoring Yale 17-8 to
open a 43-33 lead.
Relphorde had 10 of his points during the surge, including
connecting on Colorado’s first 3-pointer of the game two minutes
into the second half and following it up with a three-point play on
the Buffaloes’ next possession.
Higgins also had a 3-pointer in the midst of the flurry and
culminated it with a fast-break dunk to push Colorado’s lead to 10
points with 13:33 remaining.
Yale closed to within 60-54 on a basket by Zampier with 3:13
remaining, but Higgins then led a 9-1 burst punctuated by a
three-point play to quell Yale’s comeback bid.
Despite converting only 8 of 21 shots from the field and going
0-for-6 from 3-point range, Colorado fashioned a 26-25 halftime
Yale, hitting the boards hard on both ends of the floor, built
an 18-8 lead after Braswell connected on a 3-pointer with 10:27
left in the first half.
But Colorado gradually narrowed the deficit, pulling to within
one on a layup by Relphorde and moments later, answering a
3-pointer by Yale’s Raffi Mantilla with a breakaway dunk by Burks
to go up 24-23 with just over a minute remaining in the opening