Stanford Tops Buffs, 76-62
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Dwight Thorne II and Nate Tomlinson each scored 18 points, however the Stanford Cardinal ran to a 76-62 victory, Saturday night.
Thorne also added six rebounds and two steals, tying his career-high in both. Freshman Austin Dufault netted 10 points, his fifth consecutive game in double figures. Sophomore Cory Higgins scored nine points and added four rebounds for the Buffs in their first visit to Stanford in 17 years.
Colorado drops to 3-2 while Stanford remains undefeated (4-0). CU is 3-7 all-time against Stanford.
"We've got to defend better and rebound the ball better," said CU head coach Jeff Bzdelik. "There is a lot of youth out there. I'm really proud of our basketball team, I thought they competed hard. We just need to keep getting better and to learn. I think they are starting to realize they can compete. I want us to be fearless. I think we did a little better on the boards than we normally have done. Winning will be a byproduct of getting better."
For the fourth time this season, Colorado shot at least 50 percent from the floor as they hit 25-of-50 while Stanford hit 27-of-56 (48.2 percent). During the second half, CU improved to 59 percent (13-of-22) from the field.
The Cardinal finished with a 33-30 rebounding advantage.
Josh Owens led Stanford with 21 points and Lawrence Hill added 16. Stanford led a balanced attack with four players in double figures.
Thorne hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final two minutes as Colorado went on a 7-1 run to draw within 42-32 at halftime. The Buffs managed to get within single digits when a layup by Thorne early in the second half brought the score to 44-37, the closest CU would come. Tomlinson scored 12 of his season-high 18 points in the second half.
Colorado returns home to host TCU on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast on FSN Rocky Mountain.