December 1, 2012

Wyoming outguns Colorado for 76-69 win

LARAMIE, Wyo.- It was one of those nights as No. 19 Colorado fell to Wyoming 76-69 Saturday night in front of 8,240 rowdy fans at the Arena-Auditorium. Leonard Washington once again gave the Buffs trouble inside, finishing with 22 points.

Tad Boyle led his young group on their first true road game of the year. What they ran into was a well coached, hot shooting and upset-minded Wyoming group.

Washington's and-one with 2:26 remaining pushed the Cowboys lead to 64-52, out of reach from a cold shooting Colorado squad. Though it was a prayer three pointer from Leonard Washington with 5:17 to make it 58-50 might have been the true sign that it just wasn't Colorado's night.

Spencer Dinwiddie poured in 24 points while Andre Roberson would have 16 points of his own. Beyond that, there wasn't much offense to speak of. The next leading scorer was Xavier Talton with seven points, all in the final minute when the game had been decided.

The second half opened with Roberson dropping his second three-pointer of the game but an early surge from the Cowboys would give them a 33-31 lead with 17:48 remaining. A Wyoming layup gave them a 38-34 lead the largest lead of the game for either team up to that point. But the Pokes weren't done yet. A Derrious Gilmore three pushed it to 51-42 with 9:16 remaining.

Wyoming came out of the break swinging and outscoring the Buffs 51-41 in the second half after Colorado went into halftime with a slim 28-26 lead thanks to a Dinwiddie driving layup with just 1.5-seconds remaining.

The Buffs lost Roberson and Scott early in the second half but weathered the storm of a rowdy Arena-Auditorium. Scott got his second foul with 10:26 and Roberson with 7:22 remaining in the half. Neither would return to action. Johnson also battled foul trouble, leaving the half with two personals with fewer than three minutes to go.

Washington would get 11 of his 22 in the opening act going five-for-ten. The key, other than falling behind with nearly their entire frontcourt benched from fouls, was the Buffs holding Luke Martinez to just two first half points. Martinez was averaging 13.3 points per game coming into the night's contest. He would turn it on in the second half and finish with 13 points.

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