Cardinal lose da Silva after collision, also lose to Buffaloes 81-74

gostanford.com photo: The Stanford Cardinal Spencer Jones (14) takes a shot against the Colorado Buffaloes D’Shawn Schwartz (5) in Boulder Colorado Saturday night in Pac 12 action

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, February 8, 2020

It was a tough afternoon in Boulder, Colo., for Stanford in more ways than one.

In the second half of the Cardinal’s (16-7) Pac-12 men’s basketball game against Colorado, Oscar da Silva – Stanford’s leading scorer – banged his head on the floor after a collision with the No. 24-ranked Buffaloes’ (19-5) 262-pound center Evan Battey.

After da Silva was helped to his feet, Battey comforted his Stanford teammates, and vice versa. Then, in a joint show of sportsmanship, Colorado coach Tad Boyle asked both teams to join in prayer, and Cardinal coach Jerod Haase asked both teams to ‘keep playing hard.”

Following the scare, da Silva needed several stitches to close a cut above his left eye. He left under his own power, but missed the rest of the game, won by Colorado 81-74. The Buffaloes came back from a 16-point deficit; it was the third-best second-half comeback in Colorado history.

A runner by Battey gave the Buffaloes a 51-49 lead, and his fourth 3-pointer of the season put CU up 56-54. Colorado (19-5 overall, 8-3 Pac-12) went ahead to stay at 58-56 when Tyler Bey sank two free throws with 7:44 left in the second half.

McKinley Wright IV led the Buffs with 21 points, followed by D’Shawn Schwartz with 20 and Bey with 11. Bey snared nine of his 12 rebounds in the second half when Colorado shot 70 percent from the floor – 100 percent behind the arc – and 85 percent from the free throw line.

In the first half, Colorado shot 23 percent from the field, 23 percent on 3’s and 54 percent at the line.

The Buffaloes are off to their best start in program history, topping 18-6 starts in 1954-55 and 1968-69.

The Cardinal (16-7, 5-5) were led by Tyrell Terry with 18 points, Spencer Jones with 14 and Isaac White with 12. Stanford converted a rare five-point play in the closing minutes of the first half when, after Terry was fouled on a 3-point attempt, Boyle was given a technical after Colorado’s Eli Parquet was called for the foul. Terry made all five free throws, and the Cardinal took an 11-point lead into halftime.

Besides da Silva, Stanford was also missing guard Bryce Willis, who sprained his right ankle in the Cardinal’s loss to Utah.

The Cardinal return home this Thursday to host Arizona State.

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