Hot-shooting Buffs knock off Cardinal 91-72

March 2, 2017

NCAA, Stanford Cardinal

Colorado’s Xavier Johnson and Stanford’s Michael Humphrey battle for the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Boulder, Colo., Thursday, March 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Grassmick)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Stanford encountered a red-hot Colorado team in Pac-12 men’s basketball Thursday, losing 91-72 to the Buffaloes at Coors Events Center in Boulder.

Maucus Allen led the Cardinal with 15 points, but was plagued by early foul trouble. Reid Travis started slowly, but bounced back to finish with 14 points and eight rebounds.

Humphrey added 13 points, and Marcus Sheffield scored 10 points for Stanford.

Lucas Siewert, George Kind and Xavier Johnson topped a balanced Buffaloes attack with 15 points each. Wesley Gordon, Deleon Brown and Tory Miller each scored 10 points for CU.

The Cardinal (14-15 overall, 6-11 Pac-12) took a 28-20 lead on Michael Humphrey’s free throw with just under five minutes left in the first half. But Colorado scored 13 of the last 19 points of the half, taking a 41-35 lead at the break.

Colorado (17-13, 7-10 Pac-12) opened the second half by hitting 16 of 18 field goal attempts, building a 68-49 lead with 8:50 to play.

The Buffs shot 59 percent from the floor in the second half, 57 percent on the night.

Stanford finished the game hitting 45 percent on its field goal attampts – 30 percent on 3-pointers, and struggled at the line, hitting only 58 percent of its free throws.

Colorado outrebounded the Cardinal 36-34, and Stanford committed 10 turnovers.

The Cardinal close out their regular season Saturday at Salt Lake City against Utah. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network. Tip-off is at 1 p.m. PDT.

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