Colorado Tops Men's Hoops 75-61 with Strong Second Half
The Sun Devil men's basketball team got a great start and was down 31-30 at No. 24 Colorado Thursday, but the Buffaloes held ASU to just .300 shooting in the second half to win 75-61 in Boulder.
Holland Woods led the Sun Devils with 15 points while Jaelen House had 13 off the bench, as ASU jumped out to a six-point lead nine minutes into the game, but CU used a 44-28 rebounding advantage to outscore ASU 44-31 in the second half.
Kimani Lawrence added 10 points while Marcus Bagley, playing for the first time since Jan. 30, had seven rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench.
ASU made 14-of-16 (.875) from the free throw line to hang close and led for 17:45 of the game. The 61 points was a season-low for ASU.
--Holland Woods has made 22 straight free throws. His last miss was Jan. 9 vs. USC.
BOBBY HURLEY QUOTES
"I thought we defended fairly well to start the game...I haven't looked at the stat sheet yet, so I don't know what the numbers are exactly. We defended well even though our offense wasn't playing great, we were doing the necessary things on defense on that end of the floor. I thought we were a little loose with the basketball, we had too many turnovers in the first half, I think we had nine. That hurt us because we're not a high turnover team and, on the road, you can't afford to do that. I felt like we were in pretty good shape at the half considering juggling Remy with two fouls, he doesn't usually get two fouls, it's very rare that I have those issues with him in the first half, and Jalen Graham also. I thought we were in pretty good shape down one, we came out okay to start the half and they really turned it up a notch defensively, you can see why statistically they are what they are defensively. When they got us to nine, we did respond and cut it back to four but then they had another burst. I don't like how we finished the game at all, they had too many layups and scored numerous times and we folded defensively, and McKinley Wright had his fingerprints all over that."
ON THE TURNING POINT OF THE GAME
"I think the thing with Colorado is that they're very well coached, they have great experience, they're very good on defense and when it's time to decide the game they got stops, they relied on their defense, our guards couldn't effectively get by their guards. McKinley Wright and Parquet did a nice job, Parquet especially with Remy limiting his touches. Their defense impacted the offensive floor for us, and they ran good offense, they got good shots and they scored the basketball."
ON MARCUS BAGLEY'S RETURN
"It was more of an eye test with Marcus, getting him coming off the bench tonight was a way to limit his minutes some because I did not get a scenario where he's getting 25 – 30 minutes, I was hoping to get him around 18 – 20, I'm not sure where he finished exactly. We have to get his conditioning right, get him his game reps and those no replacing that. I'm sure he'll get a lot out of this game and I think the goal is to get him as good as we can get him next week when the season is on the line."
ON REMY MARTIN'S EARLY FOULS AND RHYTHM
"Those guys weren't matched up a ton, it wasn't a true head-to-head battle but certainly the fouls didn't help. I never thought he got into a good rhythm and he didn't really look like himself, a guy who's scored eight straight 20+ games. You attribute that definitely to Colorado and that they had a lot to do with it."