In a game that was sloppy with terrible shooting and tons of rebound chances, the Bears did enough to get a hard fought win. Baylor led for pretty much most of the game, and had the lead up to 10 points for quite a while, but Colorado kept hitting the glass and getting second chance points. With every major post player for the Bears in foul trouble, CU had their way on the glass, with Josh Scott leading the way with 11 rebounds in 32 minutes.
Cory Jefferson was limited to just 25 minutes and Isaiah Austin just 27. In a game like this, that is about 7-10 minutes of action for each post player that had to go to someone else; that someone was Taurean Prince, who for most of the game was the Bears leading scorer. Prince showed an array of moves, albeit wreckless at times leading to a few turnover. But the sophomore forward made 4 of 8 from the field and finished second on the team in rebounds with 8 in 18 minutes of action before fouling out.
Outside of Prince in the post though, it was a major struggle for the Bears throughout the game. Isaiah Austin was held to just 5 points as he just could not get good enough position against Josh Scott. He was forced outside upon catching in the interior pass too many times, and only got 5 shots off. Jefferson was just 3 for 9 from the field, but could not get into a good rhythm due to foul trouble.
But Baylor played tough defense, and did not let Colorado get too many clean looks at the basket. They did foul quite a bit but Colorado missed 8 of their 22 free throws. In the end, Cory Jefferson got some big defensive rebounds and Baylor hit their free throws to extend the lead and start off the year 1-0 with a win over a Top 25 caliber team.
Keys to the Win
-Colorado shot just 11.1% from behind the arc (2-18) compared to 40% for the Bears (8-20)
-Buffalo struggled from all over the floor, shooting just 33.8%
-It was a balanced scoring effort for the Bears, with 4 players in double figures. Kenny Chery paced the Bears with 14 points, while Brady Heslip (12), Cory Jefferson (13) and Taurean Prince (10) also hit double digits.
Player of the Game
Playing a team high 35 minutes, it is obvious that this is Kenny Chery’s team to lead from the point guard position. He struggled with not being aggressive enough at first, but eventually got it going. With a team high 14 points, to go along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists, Chery ran the offense well enough to get the ball to the guy who needed it. He just seemed to fit in with the rest of the team, something that is incredibly difficult for a new point guard in a lineup full of returning starters.