The Buffaloes will host Southern Utah, a high-scoring conference team, on Wednesday to give Colorado one more chance to gain momentum before returning to conference play.
It’s the last nonconference Colorado game. Colorado taps into the Pac-12 schedule Dec. 29 with Stanford. Two conference games that took place earlier in the month proved to be less fruitful for Colorado, with both Arizona State (and Washington) falling to the Buffaloes.
But, Colorado (7-5), has continued to take out its frustrations with North Alabama, Colorado State, and Northern Colorado. Tristan da Silva scored 26 career-high points in Sunday’s 88-77 win against Northern Colorado. KJ Simpson scored 18 points.
Tad Boyle, Colorado coach, said that da Silva is playing with a lot confidence. “Coaches love players with confidence, and Tristan has it. KJ is a great example of confidence. Tristan seems to be a confident player.
Simpson is leading Colorado with 16.9 points per match, while da Silva is in second place at 14.5. J’Vonne hadley, who scores 10.2 points per game, is second and leads the team’s rebounding with 7.3.
Boyle’s first chance to establish the program’s all-time record of victories will come in this game. He is currently tied for the number one spot with Russell “Sox” Walseth, who holds 261.
Southern Utah (8-4), used its fast-paced style to beat Northern Arizona 106-101 in overtime. The Thunderbirds are currently second in the country with 91 points per match and reached 100 points for their fourth consecutive victory. This was the first win against a Division I opponent.
Tevian Jones was the Thunderbirds’ 31-point scorer, while Harrison Butler had 23 and Drake Allen had 22. The team shot 50.9% (29 of 58) with the trio.
Butler became the 10th player to cross the 1,200-point barrier in Southern Utah’s history.
Coach Todd Simon, Southern Utah, stated that Colorado offers a tremendous opportunity.
“If this was possible, it would be our highest-ranked win in school’s history. … We are going to the end to win, not to play around.
They have only met once. In 1996, Southern Utah won 82-80.
–Field Level Media