Stanford basketball Thursday game wrap: Herkey Jerkey Cardinal can’t catch fast flowing Buffaloes 81-74

February 2, 2017

NCAA, Stanford Cardinal

Stanford guard Marcus Allen (15) drives past Colorado guard Bryce Peters (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

by London Marq

PALO ALTO–The Stanford Cardinal (11-11) returned home to Maples Pavilion from a tough three game road trip to host Colorado Buffaloes (13-10). After losing two straight, Stanford is looking to get back in the win column and stay above .500. The Cardinal were 11-10 entering play.

From the opening whistle, however, the Colorado Buffaloes were unwilling to give The Cardinal any space to operate. They played a half court press early in the first period, and Stanford struggled to advance the ball and create efficient ball movement as the Colorado Buffaloes take a seven point victory from their hosts 81-74. In the first half, guard Marcus Sheffield was Stanford’s standout. Stanford head coach said the flow was not consistent and that the Cardinal couldn’t pull ahead of the Buffaloes, ”It was a herky-jerky kind of game,” Haase said. ”I didn’t really feel there was a flow to our offense.”

Sheffield kept Stanford in the game with his three point shots (3-5) and free throw shooting (4-4). Star forward Reid Travis was lackluster, grabbing only three rebounds in the first period. Stanford would end the first period having shot 50% from the floor, while their opponents shot 57%. At the half the teams went into the tunnels with Colorado leading 41-31

The Cardinal came out fast in the second period, narrowing the deficit to four, by the middle of the period. Stanford was able to capitalize scoring 23 points on Colorado’s 23 turnovers. But Colorado’s dominance on the boards, and ability to get to the charity stripe would prove too much for The Cardinal. Colorado was plus nine in the rebounding category. Add that to the dismal 58% free throw shooting from Stanford and it’s easy to see why Colorado walked away with a road win in their pockets.

Final – Colorado def. Stanford 81-74

 

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