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

night.

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

(4-8).

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

lead.

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

period.