What a game it was Tuesday night between the Colorado Buffaloes and Colorado State Rams at Moby Arena in Fort Collins. Gerson Santo would get the Rams going as he made a nifty move for the hoop and the harm, making his free-throw putting Colorado State up early. Both teams would struggle mightily early on as Colorado was 4-for-13 from the field and Colorado State was 2-for-13. Colorado would go on a 7-0 run led by Spencer Dinwiddie, who scored five of the seven on a three and two free-throws.
Colorado would take the lead 19-12 on that 7-0 run but the Rams would answer back. J.J. Avila would score back-to-back lay-ups, bringing the CU lead down to three. The freshman David Cohn would tie the game up off of a three, bringing the crowd at Moby Arena to their feet. Rams guard Daniel Bejarano would knock down a three of his own, putting Colorado State up 32-26. Both teams would trade baskets back-and-fourth as the half ended with Colorado State up, 34-30.
Askia Booker would start the Buffs off in the 2nd half with jumper, followed by Spencer Dinwiddie scored on consecutive possessions, leading Colorado on a 6-0 run. Carlton Hurst would end the run by finishing an easy lay-up under the basket. Buffs would continue to put on the pressure as Dinwiddie would drive and make the lay-up, giving him 15 points in the game already at that point. He would be fouled on the ensuing possession, hitting two free-throws, putting the Buffs up 42-40.
Daniel Bejarano would continue to shoot for the Rams as he knocked down another three later in the 2nd to give the Rams the five-point lead. Rams would have some foul trouble as forward Gerson Santo would pick up his fourth foul on a screen. Buffs freshman Jaron Hopkins would make his mark in the half, as he stole a pass from Avila leading to a dunk, reducing the CSU lead to one. Santo would answer right back with a dunk but there was Hopkins once again knocking down the trey-ball as the ballgame was tied up at 55-55.
It would be the Spencer Dinwiddie show from that point on, as the junior guard would convert an and-one attempt, giving the Buffaloes a three-point lead, 61-58. After an empty possession from CSU, he would drive to the rack for the lay-up, surpassing 1,000 points for his collegiate career. Carlton Hurst would make it interesting after a lay-up bringing the CU lead down to three, but Dinwiddie would cash in both free-throws at the line.
The Buffs led the Rams, 65-62 with one last chance to tie the game and send it into overtime, but J.J. Avila missed the three-point attempt, leading to two Askia Booker free-throws, as the Buffs prevailed 67-62.
Spencer Dinwiddie would go 8-for-14 from the field, 11-of-11 from the free-throw line scoring 28 points for the Buffaloes, while J.J. Avila would score 16 points, 11 rebounds, and add 3 assists for the Rams.
Colorado sits at (8-1, 0-0 in the Pac-12) and will host the #6 ranked Kansas Jayhawks Saturday at 3:15 ET, 1:15 pm MT. Colorado State sits at (6-3, 0-0 in MW) and will host Southwestern Oklahoma State Sunday afternoon at 2:00 ET, 12:00 pm MT.