Colorado Buffaloes Basketball Edge Auburn Tigers


The Colorado Buffaloes traveled to Auburn to take on the Tigers for the second game of the 2015-2016 men’s basketball season.

The college basketball season is among us, and the Colorado Buffaloes look better than advertised. In their season opener, the Buffaloes traveled to Sioux Falls to take on seventh-ranked Iowa State. The Buffaloes gave the Cyclones a tough test; however, the Buffs ultimately lost out to one of the best teams in the country by a score of 68-62. With the strong opening performance, the Buffaloes opened team’s eyes around the country that they have improved from last season.

After losing the season opener, the Colorado Buffaloes traveled on the road to face the Auburn Tigers. The SEC does not boast many top-tier college basketball teams, but playing on the road, against any team, presents its difficulties. Auburn came off a narrow victory over UAB, and they looked to carry that momentum into their game against CU. Auburn started the game out hot, entering halftime with a 46-42 lead, but the Buffaloes got their act together in a big way in the second half.

The Colorado Buffaloes rallied from their four point deficit at halftime, and they outscored the Auburn Tigers by 11 points in the second half to take the 91-84 victory on the road. George King and Josh Scott led CU with impressive performances. In King’s first game (against Iowa State) of the season, he scored a career-high 14 points, and he improved his game even more against Auburn, nearly doubling his previous career-high. King finished the game with 27 points, making four of his six three-point attempts. 

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In addition to George King’s impressive performance, senior forward Josh Scott contributed 24 points of his own. Scott shot 80 percent from the field (8-10 FG) and grabbed nine rebounds, narrowly missing out on back-to-back double-doubles. The Colorado Buffaloes rode the wave that King and Scott created, accounting for 51 of the team’s 91 points. If the Buffs want to have a successful season, they need performances like this on nearly a nightly basis.

The Auburn Tigers looked good at times, with Kareem Canty and Tyler Harris leading the way. Canty opened the game with five-consecutive made three-pointers, and he finished the game with 24 points. Despite Canty’s hot start, he only made only one of his final seven three point attempts, helping to fuel the Colorado Buffaloes comeback. With Canty’s strong performance, Tyler Harris contributed a double-double of his own (first career), finishing with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

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The Colorado Buffaloes hope to carry their strong performance into their home matchup against Portland on Friday (11/20), and the Auburn Tigers host the Georgia Southern Eagles on Friday, as well. With back-to-back strong performances from Josh Scott, the Colorado Buffaloes hope he continues his impressive start to the new season. With King’s added contributions, he figures to be a key part in the Buffs’ rotation moving forward.