Today in the bag I'm talking the tournament capping win over Murray St., the schadenfreude-tastic win over Baylor, and the banana stand's run at nationals.
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Buffs beat Murray St, win Charleston Classic -
For the first time since the Pepsi Classic of 2002, the Buffs have won an in-season tournament. Buoyed by another strong performance from sophomore sensation Askia Booker (23 points, also named tournament MVP), and the first "'Dre-like" performance of the year from Andre Roberson (16/9), the Buffs surged past the obviously exhausted Racers in the second half Sunday to secure both an 81-74 victory and the tournament title. The result: the team is off to their best start since '98-99, and will probably be ranked for the first time since my senior year ('05-'06).
|What's this? More trophies? Add it to the pile. From: the BDC|
But CU dug deep. Spencer Dinwiddie et al did a solid job keeping All-American guard Isaiah Canaan to a quiet 3-11 from 3-point range, forcing the dynamic future NBA star to take 19 shots to nab his 21 points. Throw in some foul trouble, and the Buffs put some pressure on the perilously thin Racer bench that proved decisive. A wave of late second-half free throw makes (20-25 for the final frame) put the icing on the cake.
|Sure, it was a foul, but OMG 'DRE CRUSHED HIM! From: The BDC|
|The strong performance in Charleston gave the traveling Buffs plenty to cheer for. From: the BDC|
Revenge over Baylor -
I'd be remiss if I didn't take some time to rewind the clock to early Friday afternoon, and the CU victory over Baylor. The Buffs owed the Bears payback for last season's round-of-32 game in Albuquerque, and they grabbed their pound of flesh, taking home an ugly 60-58 win.
|Smiles all around. From: the BDC|
It took every bit of the guts and determination the team had to hold the lead in the final minutes. An abysmal stretch from the free throw line (4-18 on the day) turned what could've been an easy stroll to victory into a nail-biting lurch to the finish. With the Buff offense struggling to walk, the Buffs had to turn to their defense. CU managed to hold the Bears to just over 37% shooting on the day, including a paltry 19% from behind the 3-point arc. This included shutting down All-America candidate Pierre Jackson to the tune of 12 points on 3-11 shooting, and stymieing uber-villain Brady Heslip (Scott the Dick) to seven total points.
|A stifling Buffs D got the job done Friday. From: the BDC|
Demons have been exorcised. Scott the Dick has been muted. Bigger fish loom. Still, fuck Baylor.
Banana stand at nationals -
Unfortunately, there are no new trophies to report from the banana stand. The two-time Pac-12 champion men's cross country team finished nationals in a respectable 3rd place, while the women struggled to their lowest finish ever, coming in 24th.
|The men bring home a respectable 3rd place. From: CUBuffs.com|
Remember, there's always money at the Banana Stand.