The Colorado Buffaloes followed an ugly loss to Kansas with an ugly win over Fresno State, topping the Bulldogs, 50-43, in a decidedly low-scoring affair on the road. Despite scoring just 23 points in the second half, Colorado survived thanks to some wretched shooting by Fresno State.
It's been a rough month of December for the Buffaloes, who came into Wednesday night's game having lost two of their last three games after a 6-0 start. That included a 90-54 stomping by No. 9 Kansas on Dec. 8, Colorado's worst loss of the season and the team's 19th straight defeat against the Jayhawks. The Buffaloes (8-2) didn't exactly come out firing against Fresno State, scoring 27 points in the first half. But the Bulldogs (5-5) were even worse, managing 17 points on 25 percent shooting with eight turnovers.
The second half was a struggle for both squads, but Fresno State made it close down the stretch. The Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run in the final three minutes to bring the game to within two, 45-43. With 18 seconds left, Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie hit his first free-throw attempt but missed the second. But Andre Roberson snagged the loose ball, then hit a pair of free throws to clinch the game.
Roberson was the player of the game for Colorado, finishing with 17 points and 20 rebounds. Askia Booker added 14 points and four boards. Kevin Foster led the way for Fresno State with eight points and eight rebounds off the bench. No Bulldogs player broke double digits, as the team shot just 29 percent from the floor and made only 4-of-18 three-point attempts.
Colorado will take a week off before resuming play against Northern Arizona. Tip-off will be at 8:30 pm ET on Dec. 21 at home.