Bu≠s’ win re­sets ledger

Xavier vic­tory o≠sets CSU loss

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Pat Rooney

boul­der» The Colorado basketball team hoped to forge an iden­tity, while at the same time get­ting a mea­sure of them­selves against na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, dur­ing a four-game non­con­fer­ence run that ends Satur­day night.

Last week the be­gin­ning of that run didn’t go ac­cord­ing to plan. Yet with Wed­nes­day night’s piv­otal vic­tory against No. 13 Xavier at the Coors Events Cen­ter, the Buffs have re­set the ledger.

Of course, last week’s sur­pris­ing loss at home to ri­val Colorado State will re­main on CU’s even­tual NCAA Tour­na­ment ré­sumé.

But con­tin­u­ing to pick up vic­to­ries like the one against the Mus­ke­teers will serve to dim its im­pact.

CU will have a chance to fin­ish this re­veal­ing stretch of non­con­fer­ence games with a 3-1 mark Satur­day, as the Buffs face an al­ways-chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment at Brigham Young.

“We wanted to go 4-0 but at this point, yeah, we get a win at BYU, I’ll take it,” Boyle said. “It’s not go­ing to be easy. We’re go­ing to have to be men­tally tough. We’re go­ing to have to fight that road crowd. BYU is a good team, a well-coached team. They like to play fast. We’re not go­ing to have an al­ti­tude ad­van­tage against BYU like we had (Wed­nes­day) against Xavier.

“We’re go­ing to have to be di­aled-in. We’re go­ing to need a great team ef­fort Satur­day night to beat the Cougars.”

CU didn’t ex­actly shake off the CSU dis­ap­point­ment with im­me­di­ate ur­gency, trail­ing by two at half­time of this past Satur­day’s road date at Port­land.

But the Buf­faloes dom­i­nated the sec­ond half, and af­ter turn­ing in a solid al­laround ef­fort against Xavier, the Buffs can safely say they fi­nally are trending in the proper di­rec­tion af­ter last week’s de­feat against the Rams.

Build­ing on that mo­men­tum with another solid road win at BYU would pro­vide a huge boost head­ing into the hol­i­day slow­down.

Af­ter Satur­day, the Buffs play just three games in 21 days, all within the state, lead­ing up to their Pac-12 Con­fer­ence opener at Utah on New Year’s Day.

“When you’re on the road, there’s a small win­dow of er­ror,” ju­nior guard Ge­orge King said. “We can’t have a lot of mis­takes, es­pe­cially with a good team like BYU. It’s go­ing to be a hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment, which will be good for us.”

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