December 6, 2012

CSU rally falls short as CU wins, 70-61

BOULDER, Colo.- Tad Boyle said all week that Wednesday night's showdown with Colorado State was going to be a war…and he was right. The Buffs kept a furious second half rally from the Rams at bay to win 70-61. Spencer Dinwiddie set a new career high with 29 points by way of an electric shooting performance.

That second half rally nearly brought CSU back from the dead after they trailed 42-22 at the half. It may have stunned the 11,708 in attendance but not the Buffaloes players or coaches.

"We didn't lose our composure and we didn't panic," he said. "It was 54-51…we started guarding."

Ultimately it was the sharp shooting of Dinwiddie that carried the Buffs on the offensive end. At one point he shot a three-pointer and it dropped in after three bounces on the rim.

"I knew that was kind of lucky," Dinwiddie said. "(My night) was more about way they were playing defense. When you're shorter, go under two people and try to close out to a shot…I tried to stop behind and pull up."

He did that to the tune of 5-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc.

Colton Iverson who finished with 19 points led the Rams and also finished with 14 rebounds. Iverson and frontcourt mate Pierce Hornung were the focus of Colorado's game plan. Colorado State led the nation in rebounding margin coming into the contest and outrebounded CU 42-30 including 18 offensive rebounds.

But Iverson also lost composure in the first half and was called for a technical foul. Boyle said that he wanted to find a way to frustrate the visitors with an aggressive game plan.

"The one word we had on our board was dictate," he said. "We wanted to make them know they were in for forty minutes of in your face type basketball."

The win moved Tad Boyle to 4-3 against Front Range opponents during his time in Boulder, keeping up with his vision of a powerhouse college basketball region.

"I thought it was an NCAA tournament type of game," he said. "I think you had two NCAA tournament teams out there. Front Range basketball is in very good shape right now. Tonight's atmosphere is what college basketball is all about a that's what we want to have on a consistent basis."

Colorado moves to 7-1 on the season with two road games at Kansas and at Fresno State on deck.

Notes
•Earlier in the week, Dinwiddie referred to Colorado State as "little brother" and said he received plenty of negative comments from the Rams on his Twitter account.

"It was an analogy used," he said. "They took it as disrespect…I wasn't trying to disrespect in any manner. Backing up the comment is great."

•Up next is No. 9 Kansas in Lawrence. Tad Boyle said it will be interesting to take this group and see how far his program has risen since his first year in the Big XII.

"They're pretty competitive and they like challenges," he said of this year's team. "It's going to make Wyoming look like a cakewalk..it will be a great opportunity."

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