Texas Southern Vs. Colorado: Buffaloes Ride Strong First Half To 56-51 Victory

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 11: Cory Higgins #11 of the Colorado Buffaloes throws up a shot against the Kansas Jayhawks during their semifinal game in the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 11, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

A strong first half was enough to carry the Colorado Buffaloes to victory on Thursday night, as they defeated the Texas Southern Tigers 56-51 at home.

A strong first half was enough to carry the Colorado Buffaloes to victory on Thursday night, as they defeated the Texas Southern Tigers 56-51 at home. Colorado played a great first half in carrying a 32-16 lead into halftime, but had to withstand a comeback in the second half in order avoid being upset. 

Colorado led by as much as 23 in the first half, but Texas Southern slowly chipped away at the lead. After the Buffaloes extended their lead to 38-17 early in the second half, the Tigers retaliated with a 19-4 run that put them right back in the thick of things. Colorado's lead was cut to just three points with about 22 seconds left in the game, but the Buffaloes hit their free throws to put the game away.

Spencer Dinwiddie had an impressive performance on Thursday night, leading the Buffaloes with 18 points. He didn't make a single field goal from inside the three-point range, knocking down 5 of 6 shots from long range and a few free throws. Colorado also got 11 points apiece from guards Andre Roberson and Carlon Brown on the night.

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