Bu≠s win, but Boyle un­happy

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Brent W. New

boul­der» Colorado men’s bas­ket­ball coach Tad Boyle be­lieves his team is break­ing new ground. And he couldn’t be more dis­gusted.

Josh For­tune shook off a mis­er­able slump with a sea­son-high 15 points, and the Buf­faloes with­stood a 29point sec­ond half from Rob Davis in an 81-71 vic­tory over Divi­sion II Fort Hays (Kan.) State on Satur­day.

For­tune, who was 0-for-13 from the field in his pre­vi­ous two games for CU, shot 5-for-9 against the Tigers.

Deleon Brown added a ca­reer-high 15 points and Xavier John­son also con­trib­uted 15 for the Buffs, who shot 43 per­cent from the field, in­clud­ing 46 per­cent in the first half.

It felt any­thing but vic­to­ri­ous. CU’s sev­enth-year head coach be­gan his postgame news con­fer­ence with an apol­ogy to the fans who braved frigid tem­per­a­tures to show up Satur­day.

“This team has two things go­ing for it right now,” Boyle said of the Buffs. “Num­ber one, they own the most dis­ap­point­ing loss in that seven-year span, the Colorado State game a few weeks ago. And now they also can add to that, that they own the most dis­ap­point­ing win.”

Af­ter the Buffs held Davis score­less at the break, the 5foot-11 se­nior guard went off in the sec­ond half. Av­er­ag­ing 24 points per game, Davis was a sea­son-best 7for-10 from 3-point range.

Davis’ sharp­shoot­ing al­lowed the Tigers to mount a rally, us­ing a 17-4 run to climb within 47-39 on a layup by Hadley Gil­lum with 14:46 left. Davis had 11 points dur­ing the burst af­ter go­ing 0-for-4 from the field in the first half.

“There’s no feel­ing,” Davis said of his stroke. “I’m just numb. No con­scious, just keep shoot­ing.”

Davis swished a jumper for his 29th point of the half to cut the Tigers’ deficit to 76-67 with 2:55 left. It was the most points in one half by any player in Coors Events Cen­ter his­tory.

The Buffs (8-3) got a few timely free throws and re­bounds down the stretch to hold off the Tigers (7-5).

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