Bu≠s overcome latest slow start
COLORADO 76, EASTERN WASH. 68
boulder» The Colorado men’s basketball team will be happy it won the game. But that might be the most resounding endorsement of the Buffaloes’ nonconference finale Thursday night against Eastern Washington.
After another lackluster start against a team they figured to defeat easily, the Buffs were able to finish strong while posting a 76-68 victory at the Coors Events Center. CU won’t play again until its Pac-12 opener, New Year’s Day against Utah in Salt Lake City.
For a team that was hoping to enter its holiday hiatus on a positive note, the Buffs endured a dismal start.
CU missed its first eight shots and had more turnovers (one) than field goals (none) as Eastern Washington raced to a 19-2 lead, propelled by 15 points from Bogdan Bliznyuk.
A three-point play from freshman Bryce Peters started a 15-4, half-closing run that left the Buffs trailing only 35-32 at the break.
The Buffs used an 8-0 run early in the second half, featuring two 3-pointers from Josh Fortune, to take their first lead at 40-37.
The Eagles were leading 55-53 with 9:16 remaining when Xavier Johnson and Derrick White ignited a 17-3 run by the Buffs gave them a 70-58 lead with 4:06 to play.
White enjoyed a strong second half for the Buffs, scoring nine of his teamleading 17 points and recording all seven of his assists after the break.