Col­lier mak­ing strides for Bu≠ s

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Pat Rooney

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.”

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