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Buffs Defeated at Baylor, 75-57

Feb 28, 2009

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WACO, Texas – Sophomore Cory Higgins scored 20 points and junior Dwight Thorne II added 12 points, however the University of Colorado men's basketball team was unable to overcome a second half 17-0 run as the Baylor Bears pulled away for a 75-57 victory, Saturday afternoon.


"Give Baylor credit, they make shots and we don't make shots," said CU head coach Jeff Bzdelik on the AM 760 post-game radio show. "It's a combination of us not being able to defend combined with the fact that we turned the ball over. We had some open shots and couldn't make them and we missed some free throws. It's just the school of hard knocks. We're just not good enough to finish plays whether it's on the offensive or defensive end."


After trailing 26-24 at halftime, the Buffs took their largest lead of the game at 42-38 when Thorne hit a three-pointer with 11:20 remaining. With 8:50 to play, Casey Crawford hit a trey to give the Buffs a 50-48 lead. Curtis Jerrells answered with another three-pointer at 8:14 to ignite a 17-0 run for the Bears (17-11, 5-9).


Sophomore Levi Knutson added seven points in his second career start for the Buffs (9-19, 1-13). Thorne and Higgins grabbed six and five rebounds, respectively. It was the third time this season Thorne led the Buffs in rebounds.


Higgins led in scoring for the 16th time this season and the 18th time in his career.


Colorado made 18-of-42 (42.9 percent) from the field while Baylor shot 52.2 percent (24-of-46). The Buffs shot 38.5 percent (10-of-26) from the field in the first half, but improved in the second half as they made 50 percent (8-of-16). 


Baylor was led in scoring by Jerrells, who scored 24 of his 29 points in the second half and recorded eight rebounds. LaceDarius Dunn also added 10 points for the Bears.


The Bears finished with a 32-22 rebounding advantage.


The Buffs return home to host their final home game against Texas A&M (21-8, 7-7) on Wednesday, Mar. 4 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.


Game Notes:

-Higgins started in his 60th straight game, tying him for 21st place on the school's all-time list

-9th straight loss for the Buffs, matching the 1986-87 season

-Senior Jermyl Jackson-Wilson grabbed two rebounds- he has 417 career rebounds ranking 34th place on the school's all-time list

-Colorado has made a three-pointer in 223 straight games