SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- There's that look again.

On Nov. 20, 2010, Tad Boyle was furious after a talented Colorado team played more for style points, statistics and NBA scouts during an 83-81 loss at San Francisco.

CU used the head-scratching performance as a learning experience en route to a 24-win season. But the defeat to the Dons may have cost the program an NCAA Tournament bid.

Boyle's blood was boiling again 363 days later following the Buffs' 78-71 loss to Maryland on Friday at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico.

CU dropped its second game at the Puerto Rico Tip-off in just under 48 hours, coughing up an eight-point halftime lead thanks to shoddy rebounding and free throw shooting.

Maryland s Nick Faust, right, dribbles past Colorado s Sabatino Chen during an NCAA basketball game in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. (AP
Maryland s Nick Faust, right, dribbles past Colorado s Sabatino Chen during an NCAA basketball game in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) ( Ricardo Arduengo )

The Buffs (1-2) will try to salvage a win against Western Michigan at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday before the long flight back to Boulder.

"Maryland was mentally tougher than us," Boyle said. "So as a coach, I take responsibility for that. We better figure out something before Sunday to get our team physically and mentally tougher."

Terrell Stoglin, who was 0-for-9 from the field during the Terrapins' 62-42 loss to No. 15 Alabama on Thursday, stole the show in the second half. The 6-foot-1 guard scored 25 of his 32 points after the break and made 12 of his 21 shots in the game.

"I was trying to do whatever I could to help the team win," Stoglin said. "Last night I felt like we weren't playing as a team, but tonight we got it together."


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CU, which lost to Wichita State on Thursday to open the tournament, led 60-56 with 8:24 remaining after a basket by Andre Roberson, who finished with 21 points on 7-for-14 shooting and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Nick Faust responded with a 3-pointer, and Stoglin splashed two more shots from behind the arc as part of a decisive 11-0 run by Maryland.

Boyle gave Sabatino Chen, Askia Booker, Carlon Brown and Nate Tomlinson each turns at guarding Stoglin. The Buffs also tried to double him on ball screens to no avail in crunch time.

"I said some time ago that the one thing this team does not have as of yet is a defensive stopper," Boyle said. "And I think that was evident tonight. We didn't have one lock-down guy that could do it."

A basket by Tomlinson ended a five-minute field goal drought, and Roberson scored moments later to cut the deficit to 70-65 with 2:03 remaining.

With a chance to get within one possession, Roberson missed a point-blank opportunity and Booker fouled out trying to grab the rebound.

Maryland was able to seize a series of offensive rebounds after that and made enough free throws to hold on for the win.

"I think they went on their runs and instead of coming together we fell apart a little bit," senior forward Austin Dufault said after a 12-point, four-rebound effort. "We just panicked. You can't do that when a team goes on a run. That's something we're going to learn from.

"We've got to keep our composure and go on a run of our own."

Actually, Booker sparked the Buffs with six points and two brilliant assists during a 15-0 run that gave CU a 24-12 lead with 7:51 remaining in the first half.

Shannon Sharpe splashed a 3-pointer from the corner with five seconds left before halftime to give CU a 34-26 advantage at the intermission.

Stoglin got the Terps (2-1) back into the game with eight points early in the second half. CU crumbled at that point, making just three field goals and missing three key free throws over the final eight minutes.

"Not a very good performance by the Buffaloes, obviously. I'm not pleased with the way we played, especially in the second half," Boyle said. "I thought we gave this game to Maryland. They struggled last night, they struggled in the first half, then they found life. And I think we were a part of it."

Maryland 78, Colorado 71

MARYLAND (78)

FG FT Reb

Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Parker 30 4-7 0-4 2-5 1 2 8

Pankey 30 1-2 1-2 1-6 2 5 3

Faust 34 4-9 4-8 0-5 3 2 15

Stoglin 31 12-21 4-4 1-4 3 4 32

Mosley 30 4-7 4-5 1-7 0 2 16

Weijs 14 1-2 0-0 2-3 1 1 2

Thomas 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Padgett 22 1-6 0-1 6-7 0 2 2

Totals 200 27-55 13-24 14-38 10 18 78

Percentages: FG .491, FT .542.

3-Point Goals: 11-21, .524 (Mosley 4-6, Stoglin 4-7, Faust 3-6, Thomas 0-1, Parker 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 1.

Blocked Shots: 2 (Pankey, Padgett).

Turnovers: 10 (Faust 3, Stoglin 2, Thomas, Mosley, Pankey).

Steals: 3 (Pankey, Faust, Parker).

Technical Fouls: None.

COLORADO (71)

FG FT Reb

Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Dufault 30 5-6 2-3 2-4 2 2 12

Tomlinson 31 2-9 2-2 0-0 3 2 6

Roberson 31 7-14 5-8 4-13 0 3 21

Dinwiddie 12 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 5 3

Brown 30 5-10 1-1 1-2 2 2 14

Booker 21 4-6 0-2 0-3 4 5 8

Sharpe 12 1-2 1-5 0-1 1 0 4

Harris-Tunks 18 0-0 1-2 1-4 1 1 1

Chen 15 1-2 0-0 2-2 2 3 2

Totals 200 26-54 12-23 11-30 16 23 71

Percentages: FG .481, FT .522.

3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Brown 3-6, Roberson 2-4, Sharpe 1-1, Dinwiddie 1-2, Tomlinson 0-6).

Team Rebounds: 1.

Blocked Shots: 2 (Roberson, Sharpe).

Turnovers: 8 (Brown 3, Booker 2, Sharpe, Dufault, Harris-Tunks).

Steals: 6 (Booker 4, Tomlinson, Roberson).

Technical Fouls: None.

Maryland 26 52--78

Colorado 34 37--71

A -- NA.

Officials -- Jim Burr, Anthony Jordan, Jose Carrion.