Late free throw shooting helps Buffs sink Cardinal 80-76

Stanford Cardinal forward Spencer Jones (14) gets plenty of reach to score against the Colorado Buffaloes at CU Events Center in Boulder on Sun Nov 28, 2021 (photo by Stanford Cardinal Athletics)

By Daniel Dullum
Sunday, November 28, 2021

Clutch free-throw shooting in the final minute by Keeshawn Barthelemy helped Colorado defeat visiting Stanford 80-76 in the Pac-12 men’s basketball opener for both schools at the CU Events Center in Boulder.

With 1:49 left in the second half, Tristan da Silva hit a 3-pointer, putting the Buffaloes (6-1 overall, 1-0 Pac-12) up 73-66. The Cardinal (4-3, 01) responded with four layups, including one on a three-point play and anotther on a dunk by Lukas Kisunas, cutting Stanford’s deficit to 75-73 with :36 remaining.

Barthelemy made two free throws with 1:03 to play, two more at the :36 mark, and two more with 12 seconds remaining to establish the final score.

Evan Battey connected on all four of his 3-point tries and led Colorado with 22 points. Da Silva had 13 points and four assists, and Jabari Walker and KJ Simpson each added 12 points. Barthelemy, who was 8-for-8 at the free throw line, finished with 10 points.

Spencer Jones led the Cardinal with 15 points, hitting 5-of-6 from the field – including 3-of-4 on 3-pointers. Brsndon Angel was next with 13 points and Kisunas, who did all of his scoring in the final minutes, added 11 points and nine rebouinds. Harrison Ingram and Michael O’Connell each had five assists.

The Cardinal shot 50 percent (26-of-52) from the field, including 10-of-24 3-point shots. Stanford was also 14-of-15 at the free throw line. Stanford outrebounded the Buffs 32-28.

Stanford returns to Pac-12 action on Dec. 12, when the Cardinal hosts Oregon.

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