CORVALLIS, Ore. — He began the year as a sharpshooter off the bench before his hot start was derailed by a foot injury.
Thrust into the starting lineup in recent weeks, Dom Collier has responded by giving the Colorado Buffaloes some steady guard play at both ends of the floor, a run that continued Thursday night in the Buffs' 60-52 win at Oregon State.
"I think defensively we played OK in the first half, but our offense was terrible," Collier said. "We weren't moving the ball like we're capable. We got too many of our shots blocked. The second half, we wanted to just come out and play like we've been playing the last couple of games — move the ball, take good shots, and just be confident out there."
Collier went 2-for-4 on 3-pointers, including one that capped a run of eight consecutive points by the Buffs and gave CU a 46-35 lead with under eight minutes remaining.
Collier also finished with three rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes. He has recorded seven steals over the past three games while shooting 8-for-17 during that span.
"Everybody that played tonight I thought made big plays," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "Josh Fortune got a loose ball and had a put-back in the first half that was really big. Dom Collier came down and missed a wide-open shot, then takes the same shot a couple minutes later and nailed it. Wes Gordon had a big tip-in for us and George (King) had some big rebounds. Definitely a team victory."
Boyle said freshman guard Deleon Brown was cleared to play following a concussion that kept him out the previous two game. Brown, though, did not play, and Boyle said he was only going to use Brown "unless we had to."
Sophomore guard Thomas Akyazili also did not play for just the second time this season. Boyle said Akyazili had been battling the flu in recent days.
King received a few stitches after the game for a cut on his left cheek...Oregon State's Drew Eubanks went 5-for-7 from the field and went 15-for-20 in two games this season against CU...The Beavers shot .549 at CU three weeks ago but went only 19-for-50 (.380) on Thursday...Fortune posted four rebounds in just 13 minutes.