PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The Buffs are not in Kansas anymore.

It just feels like it.

Colorado, which began the week undefeated in the Pac-12 and on top of the standings, flew home with the look of a mediocre, middle-of-the-pack team after suffering an 84-64 drubbing from Stanford on Saturday at Maples Pavilion.

The Buffs (11-6, 3-2) shot 33.3 percent from the field in the second half and allowed the Cardinal (15-3, 5-1) to outscore them 45-31 after the intermission.

CU led Cal by seven points at halftime on Thursday night but only made 7 of 27 shots after the break while getting outscored 35-21 by the Bears in a 57-50 loss in Berkeley.

Tad Boyle's team let an announced crowd of 5,850 leave happy as they scurried out quickly to catch the end of the San Francisco 49ers' dramatic playoff victory.

"We're coming from the Big 12. And quite frankly the Big 12, up to this point, I would say has tougher road environments than the Pac-12 right now," Boyle said before the Buffs were swept by the Bay Area's first-place teams. "I'm being honest. So this shouldn't be anything we're not used to and can't handle."

CU began the second half with a 9-3 spurt to tie the score 42-42 with 17:00 remaining.

And then the wheels came off.

Stanford went on a momentum-swinging 19-3 march that was capped with a 3-pointer by Anthony Brown to make the score 61-45.


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Things really turned ugly as the Cardinal completed a 13-0 run to take its largest lead (74-47) with 7:47 remaining.

"We didn't get stops, we didn't execute offensively, we let the crowd and the refs get to us," CU senior guard Carlon Brown said after finishing with 13 points on 4-for-11 shooting. "Some of the things we can't have happen happened.

"We let ourselves down, we let our fans down, and most importantly we let our coaches down."

A frustrated Boyle received a technical foul after the split had already slipped out of the Buffs' grasp.

"Momentum is a big part of college basketball, and we tried to call a couple timeouts to stem the tide. But they made big shots when they had to," Boyle said. "I like our team, I like our guys, we just weren't good enough. It was just an old-fashioned butt whipping."

Stanford shot 52.9 from the field and out-rebounded CU 35-27. Chasson Randle (18 points) and Aaron Bright (14) burned the Buffs from the outside while Josh Owens (10 points, seven rebounds) drew most of the attention in the paint.

The Cardinal, which made only 5 of 17 free throws during a 68-65 win over Utah on Thursday, was 20-for-31 at the stripe. CU only attempted 13 free throws, making 10 of them.

"We beat a good team tonight," Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins said. "Our kids played terrific. That's as well as we've played all year on both ends of the floor. I'm really proud of their effort."

CU trailed 39-33 at the intermission despite getting a combined 23 points from Andre Roberson and Austin Dufault on 10-for-14 shooting.

The rest of the team was 4-for-13 from the field through 20 minutes.

"We came into the game with the right mindset. We just didn't play it out the right way," Dufault said after finishing with 14 points, three assists and two turnovers. "We didn't defend and rebound the way we needed to against a tough team in their building."

The Cardinal opened the game with a 7-2 spurt before CU settled down and answered with a 7-0 run, which was capped by a Dufault 3-pointer.

The Buffs, who committed 17 turnovers that led to 22 points for Cal, gave Stanford seven early points on six turnovers. Four of those miscues were made by freshmen.

"It's tough when the other team starts making shots and gets the crowd in the game," Boyle said. "That's when we have to step up and stem that tide. We didn't do that and that's frustrating."

Despite the sloppy start, CU took a 21-19 lead after back-to-back 3-pointers by Nate Tomlinson and Dufault.

Stanford answered with a 18-7 spurt that forced Boyle to take a timeout with 2:15 left before the break. His team responded with a basket by Roberson and a three-point play by Spencer Dinwiddie that cut the deficit to 37-33.

But after CU's second-half adjustments helped the visitors even the score, the Cardinal went on an 8-0 run and never looked back.

"We just didn't have any aggression after that," Roberson said after scoring 15 points but finishing with just four rebounds, well below his conference-leading average of 11.9 coming in. "They took control and we didn't respond."

The good news is the Buffs will play their next two games at the Coors Events Center against Arizona State and Arizona.

Stanford 84, Colorado 64

COLORADO FG FT Reb

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

Roberson 33 7-12 0-0 2-4 1 0 15

Dufault 29 6-12 0-0 0-3 1 3 14

Tomlinson 29 1-2 0-0 1-4 2 2 3

Dinwiddie 32 3-10 3-3 2-6 2 4 11

Brown 22 4-11 5-5 0-1 1 2 13

Booker 19 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 2

Harris-Tunks 5 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 2 1

Chen 7 1-2 1-1 2-3 1 1 3

Adams 14 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 2

Cain 10 0-0 0-2 1-1 0 3 0

Totals 200 24-57 10-13 10-27 8 21 64

Percentages: FG .421, FT .769.

3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Dinwiddie 2-3, Dufault 2-4, Tomlinson 1-2, Roberson 1-3, Brown 0-2, Booker 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 4.

Blocked Shots: 0.

Turnovers: 14 (Dinwiddie 5, Harris-Tunks 2, Dufault, Booker, Cain, Adams).

Steals: 5 (Brown 2, Tomlinson, Roberson, Dufault).

Technical Fouls: Bench.

STANFORD

FG FT Reb

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

Owens 29 4-6 2-4 1-7 2 1 10

Zimmermann 17 3-5 2-4 1-1 1 2 8

Bright 32 3-6 6-6 0-1 3 0 14

Ant Brown 17 2-5 2-2 1-3 1 4 8

Randle 31 6-11 2-4 1-5 2 3 18

Nastic 7 1-1 1-2 0-1 0 0 3

Lemons 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

And Brown 3 0-0 1-2 1-1 0 0 1

Ryan 2 0-0 1-2 0-2 0 0 1

Morgan 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Mann 18 1-2 0-2 0-2 4 0 2

Huestis 23 5-9 1-1 1-4 2 3 13

Powell 11 2-2 2-2 2-4 1 2 6

Gage 6 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0

Totals 200 27-51 20-31 10-35 16 16 84

Percentages: FG .529, FT .645.

3-Point Goals: 10-23, .435 (Randle 4-8, Huestis 2-3, Bright 2-5, Ant. Brown 2-5, Lemons 0-1, Gage 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 3.

Blocked Shots: 5 (Huestis 4, Powell).

Turnovers: 11 (Ant. Brown 3, Bright 2, Mann, Powell, Owens, Huestis, Nastic, Zimmermann).

Steals: 2 (Nastic, Owens).

Technical Fouls: None.

Colorado 33 31--64

Stanford 39 45--84

A -- 5,850.

Officials -- Michael Irving, Michael Eggers, Bruce Hicks.