The Stanford men’s basketball team went on the road to take on the Colorado Buffaloes on Thursday and lost 91-72. The loss came after a heartbreaking defeat to Oregon on Senior Day last weekend. Stanford has one more game remaining on their schedule against the Utah Utes on March 4 on the road. The Stanford basketball record drops to 14-15 on the season and 6-11 in Pac-12 Conference play.
Highlights and recaps are below.
“Stanford ran into a hot shooting Colorado squad, dropping a 91-72 decision to the Buffaloes Thursday night at the Coors Events Center in Boulder. In an evenly-played first half, Stanford (14-15, 6-11 Pac-12) took a 29-28 lead on a Michael Humphrey free throw with less than five minutes to play in the opening period. Colorado (17-13, 7-10 Pac-12), however, responded with 13 of the final 19 points of the half to take a 41-35 lead into the break.”
“Meanwhile, Stanford’s offense functioned less efficiently than usual, shooting 45 percent from the field and 30 percent from beyond the three-point line. Senior forward Marcus Allen was the leading scorer for the Cardinal, tallying 15 points, with junior forwards Reid Travis and Michael Humphrey not far behind him with 14 and 13, respectively. Travis also grabbed eight rebounds in the game. Sophomore Marcus Sheffield, who has been averaging just under 7 points per game this season, also had a big night, putting up 10 points and two rebounds that made him the most impactful Cardinal off the bench.”
“"When you have 25 assists and six turnovers, you're hopefully going to win a lot of game," Colorado coach Tad Boyle said.”
“Stanford coach Jerod Haase said the Cardinal had all kinds of problems with Colorado, especially defensively.
"They outplayed us in every statistical category," he said. "It definitely started on the defensive end with the inability to guard. We weren't guarding their three-point shooters and they were able to spread out and have their way."“
“Stanford (14-15, 6-11) lost for the eighth straight time to the Buffaloes. The victory gave Colorado coach Tad Boyle his 100th win at the Coors Events Center, where he has gone 100-18 in seven seasons.”
“Marcus Allen had 15 points to lead the Cardinal. Reid Travis added 14 points.
Up by six at the half, Colorado seized control of the game with a stunning barrage of baskets starting the second half.
The 3-1/2 minute flurry in which Colorado outscored Stanford 16-5 carried the Buffaloes to a 57-40 lead and featured a driving dunk by Gordon and 3-pointers King and Johnson.”
Jerod Haase's postgame news conference following the Cardinal's setback to Colorado tonight in BoulderPosted by Stanford Basketball on Thursday, March 2, 2017
“The Buffs came out of halftime with a hot hand and put away the Cardinal with possibly the best stretch of basketball they’ve played all season. This fiery 27-14 run was made possible by passing galore. In just the first three minutes of the half, the Buffs had 7 assists on 8 made shots. In this stretch and the second half in general, the ball moved player to player like it was consciously looking for the best shot possible. Colorado finished the game with 25 assists with just 6 turnovers, which may be the most impressive stat they’ve posted all season.”
“After a back-and-forth first 15 minutes that featured eight lead changes and seven ties, the Buffs finally took control with an 11-2 run that produced a 39-31 lead with just more than two minutes left in the half. Brown started the burst with a 3-pointer, quickly followed by treys from King and Siewert before a White drive and bucket gave CU its 8-point lead.
Stanford finally ended the run with a 3-pointer from Robert Cartwright, then added another basket before King scored again to send Colorado into the locker room at halftime with a 41-35 lead.”