Buffs Grind Out 55-48 Win Over Utes
SALT LAKE CITY (AP & CU Sports Info.) -- Andre Roberson had 12 points and 16 rebounds and Austin Dufault added 11 points and nine rebounds as Colorado defeated Utah 55-48 Saturday.
The win was the second this season over the Utes, who lost 73-33 to the Buffaloes (18-8, 10-4 Pac-12) on New Year's Eve in the Pac-12 debut for both teams.
It was Roberson's 16th double-double of the season (21st career) and his 16 rebounds were the second most of his two-year career (17 vs. Utah, Dec. 31, 2010). CU is now 14-4 over the two years when Roberson has grabbed 12 or more rebounds in a game.
Roberson has 293 rebounds on the season (297 last year) giving him 590 in his short career, ranking 18th all-time at CU. His 293 rebounds now ranks 12th all-time, 53 from tying the school record held by Burdette Haldorson in 1954-55.
Colorado guard Carlon Brown suffered through a miserable shooting performance -- going 2 for 12 -- and finished with five points in his return to Salt Lake City, where he played three seasons for Utah.
Jason Washburn led Utah (5-20, 2-11) with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Hines added 12 points on four 3-pointers.
The Utes trailed by as many as nine points in the second half, but tied the score at 44 with 4:23 remaining. Colorado then went on a 6-0 run with four points from Spencer Dinwiddie (nine points, six rebounds) and a Roberson jumper pushing the CU lead to to 50-44 with 2:51 remaining.
From there, the Buffs converted 5-of-6 free throws over the last 40 seconds for their third conference road win of the season. Dufault also had a late block with under 40 seconds helping to secure the win.
CU out-rebounded the home team by a 46-to-28 margin, the most rebounds the Utes have allowed to an opponent this season.
CU is 10-4 in conference play for the first time since the 2003-04 season, and its 18 wins in a season, is the 13th time the Buffs have won at least that many in their history.
Colorado Head Coach Tad Boyle
"I was proud of our guys. The last four minutes they buckled down and did what they had to do. [Utah] made a run at us and our guys handled it. To not play your best and win a game is a sign of progress. We got good looks for the most part. There were a couple of ill-advised shots and we settled for the jump-shot a bit too early, especially in the first half, but in the second half we came in, put the ball inside and extended our lead. [Utah] made that run and our guys rode their backs and got stops."
"You have to be able to win games. You look around the country now and you look at conference games, you see a lot of close scores, you see a lot of teams that might struggle on the road to win a close game. It happens in our league, it happens in every league, and this was just one of those games. Obviously we'd like to play better. Our program is predicated on defense and rebounding. It's a testament to our players that they were able to have a sub-par game offensively, especially in the first half where we were shooting 29% and we're up by three, because we rebounded. We were up 11 on the glass at half time and we held them at 33% [shooting] and you have to be able to do that. We didn't let our frustrations on offense affect our defense and that's a sign of progress."