The three seniors on the Colorado roster were all smiles on a Saturday Senior Day after the Buffs downed visiting Iowa State. Fittingly, Marcus Hall, Marcus King-Stockton and Richard Roby each made significant contributions to CU’s win in the three players’ final game at the Coors Events Center.
At times, Hall was unstoppable on offense. His 31 points came on 13 of 25 shooting, and three 3-pointers. Hall led CU with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals, as well.
Roby hit half of his 12 field goal attempts and all six of his free throws to end the game with a workman-like 17 points. King-Stockton played strong defense, which included four blocked shots.
“What a great way to end the season at home — to have them smile on this court before it’s all over,” head coach Jeff Bzdelik said in a post-game radio interview.
The win moved the Buffs to 11-17 overall and 3-11 in Big 12 play. Iowa State fell to 14-15/4-10.
Colorado played aggressively but not efficiently on offense from the first tip. While shooting just 40 percent, the Buffs managed to hang on to a 26-24 advantage after the first 20 minutes. But CU kept up the pressure and the ball started falling early in the second half. A 10-0 run to start the second improved CU’s lead into double digits.
The long-range shooting of ISU sophomore Wesley Johnson kept the Cyclones in the game for a spell. ISU cut Colorado’s lead to four with just over eight minutes to play. But Colorado’s aggressiveness paid off again. Colorado went up by as many as 15 before settling on the 12-point win.
The win snapped a four-game skid by the Buffs, and it certainly was the team’s most well-played outing in a month, perhaps all season.
“We just attacked quicker,” Bzdelik said. “And we were able to get stops and push the ball.”
Though the three seniors — who addressed the crowd individually after the win — shone in the victory, Hall tipped his hat to the underclassmen and their efforts in sending the seniors away with a final home win.
“It felt great,” Hall said. “It was one that we had to have. The younger guys, they gave us all they had and we came out with a win.”
Roby entered the game among the top 10 in CU career production in 11 statistical categories, and in the top 5 of 10 categories. While he holds the school record for games started with 112, he has 1,924 career points and two regular season games and the postseason conference tournament to try and catch Cliff Meely (1,940 points) and Donnie Boyce (1,995) on the all-time CU scoring list. (Meely played three seasons, while Roby and Boyce played four.)
Two road games — at Kansas State Tuesday and Nebraska March 9 — remain before the Big 12 Conference Tournament.
Points: Marcus Hall 31
Rebounds: Hall 8
Assists: Hall 4
Turnovers: Richard Roby 3
Blocks: Marcus King-Stockton 4
Steals: Hall 2
Points: John Roberson, Alan Voskull 20
Rebounds: Craig Brackins, Jiri Hubalek 7
Assists: Bryan Petersen, Diante Garrett 3
Turnovers: three with 3
Blocks: Brackins 1
Steals: Petersen 2
The three seniors on the Colorado team made their marks on the CU career record book. Below are each category in which the three are within the top 10 all-time following their final game at home.
Games Started: 112, No. 1
Minutes career: 3648, 2nd
3-point attempts: 594, 3rd
3-point made: 209, 3rd
Points: 1924, 3rd
FG Attempts: 1534, 3rd
FG Made: 661, 5th
FT Attempts: 529, 5th
FT Made: 393, 4th
Steals: 173, 5th
Blocked Shots: 88, 10th
3-point attempts: 411, 6th
3-point made: 146, 5th
Assists: 401, 6th
Steals: 129, 8th
Minutes: 3130, 10th
Games Played: 116, 9th
Blocked Shots: 102, 6th