January 3, 2007

Buffs return from long layoff with a win

BOULDER, Colo. - After a 25 day layoff, the longest in program history, the Buffaloes finally returned to the hardwood against Central Florida on Wednesday night. Led by Kal Bay's career-high 21 points, Colorado held off the Golden Knights, 96-87.

After a first-half which featured 10 lead changes, the Buffs seemingly took control of the game early in the second half. But Central Florida rallied back and tied it up with 7:52 left.

Marcus King-Stockton scored nine points down the stretch as Colorado took back control of the game late. With the win, the Buffaloes finish with a 4-6 non-conference record.

"Great team effort by our guys," CU head coach Ricardo Patton said. "I thought particularly when the game was tied 70-70, it was an opportunity to grow up and realize that the game wasn't over. Basketball is a game of runs and Central Florida had gone on a run and tied the game. We still had a run left in us."

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