CU Closes Home Season With 67-55 Victory
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Marcus Hall scored a career-high 31 points along with eight rebounds, and Richard Roby added 17 as the Colorado Buffaloes celebrated Senior Day with a 67-55 win over Iowa State on Saturday.
"I told them before the game. Don't focus on scoring, make your mark on defense, boards, staying within the scheme and playing with a relentless, unmatched effort," said CU head coach Jeff Bzdelik. "To hold a team to 55 points and 32 percent shooting it shows that you played with great defensive effort. Our defense allowed us to get out and run and that was a big part of our game plan."
Wesley Johnson had 13 points for Iowa State, which has lost three straight and seven of its last eight. The Cyclones (14-15, 4-10 Big 12) are winless on the road in the Big 12 this season.
Hall, Roby and Marcus King-Stockton, the Buffaloes' three seniors, played the final home game of their careers.
The Buffaloes (11-17, 3-11) led by 13 when Johnson hit three straight 3-pointers to pull the Cyclones to within 50-46 with 6:38 left. He had a chance to make it 50-48 but missed a jumper in the lane with 5:58 left.
Hall and Roby hit lay-ups to make it 54-46, and Iowa State didn't get closer than five points the rest of the way. Hall gave Colorado some breathing room with a 3-pointer to make it 59-51, and then he punctuated the win with a breakaway dunk with 1:21 left to give Colorado a 64-51 lead.
Colorado led 26-24 at half and came out strong in the second half. Roby and Hall hit consecutive 3-pointers and Jermyl Jackson-Wilson (nine points) and Cory Higgins (five rebounds) each had a bucket during a 10-0 Buffaloes run.
Hall, who recorded career-high in field goals made (13) and attempts (21), hit consecutive shots to give Colorado a 43-28 lead. His 3-pointer with 9:05 left gave Colorado a 50-37 edge. Hall also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, also moved into 21st place on CU's all-time scoring list with 1,108 points.
Colorado took the early lead thanks to Hall's offense. The senior scored 14 points in the first half as the Buffaloes jumped out to a 14-6 lead. Iowa State, which played without senior Rahshon Clark, who sat out with a sore knee, rallied behind a balanced scoring attack. The Cyclones had a chance to tie the game at halftime but missed two shots before the buzzer.
CU heads to the road to wrap up the Big 12 Conference season traveling to Kansas State, Tuesday, March 4 (6 p.m., MST.) and to Nebraska, next Sunday, March 9 (1 p.m., MST.) to close out the regular season. The CU-K-State game will be televised by Altitude 2 Sports and Entertainment on Comcast Denver channel 5.