Bu≠s over­come lat­est slow start

COLORADO 76, EAST­ERN WASH. 68

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Pat Rooney

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.

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