Collier making strides for Bu≠ s
boulder » DomCollier’s statistics didn’t exactly illuminate the scoresheet after Colorado’s 91- 75 rout of visiting Stanford on Wednesday night.
As the sophomore from Denver East continues to feel his way through the responsibilities that come with being CU’s No. 1 point guard, he was able to make a few key plays at critical junctures.
After Stanford whittled a 23- point CU lead to 10 with a 13- 0 run, Buffaloes coach Tad Boyle called a timeout midway through the second half. When play resumed, Collier took over, finding Josh Scott underneath the basket for a three- point play that started what essentially was a win- clinching, 10- 0 run.
“That point in the game is when Dom Collier kind of took it over. He made the plays that had to be made,” Boyle said. “Whether he’s distributing to other guys, he went 4- for- 4 at the freethrow line during that stretch. That’s when you need your floor general to take control, to make sure you’re getting a great shot, make sure your best player is touching the ball.
“I thought Dom was terrific, especially in the second half during that stretch to get us back in control of the game.”
CU improved to 16- 5 overall and 5- 3 in Pac- 12 games.
Collier has endured his ups and downs in his first season as the Buffs’ starting point guard, at one point going three consecutive games without an assist. But he has protected the ball well.
Collier has had only three games with more than two turnovers and none since a Dec. 23 game against SMU.
And he has made 48.4 percent of his 3- point shots, going 30- for- 62.
“Without a doubt, he’s making strides each and every game,” Boyle said. “It’s not always about stats. Sometimes it’s about your floor game, and that’s the one thing he can do — he can have an affect on a game without scoring or even getting assists.”