TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Buffs knew they had to solve a big problem in the paint from the scouting report.

On Friday, 7-foot junior Ben Mills and 6-8 redshirting freshman Wesley Gordon took turns playing the role of Jordan Bachynski in practice.

But the 7-2 center still dominated the visitors with 16 points, nine blocks and seven rebounds to lead Arizona State to a 65-56 victory over Colorado on Sunday at Wells Fargo Arena.

"What was happening is their guards were driving, and I'd help off and there was no help for the helper," CU forward Josh Scott said after countering with 10 points and eight rebounds. "So he got a lot of buckets off that. We thought we'd have better rotation than that."

That explains the offensive end, where Bachynski was 5-for-6 from the field and 6-for-9 at the line.

But the Buffs clearly let the big man on the Arizona State campus get in their heads during the block party on the other end.

"Don't get me wrong, he had a great game and their defense is predicated on funneling to the big guy for a lot of blocks," Spencer Dinwiddie said. "He's a great player, and I'm not taking anything away from him, but he's not an intimidating presence."

CU was even worse outside the arc, making just 2-of-19 (10.5 percent) 3-pointers.

Hopkins on hand

CU 2013 recruit Jaron Hopkins, a 6-5 senior guard at Dobson High School in nearby Mesa, Ariz., attended Sunday's game.


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Tad Boyle watched the 6-5 senior guard lead Dobson to an 89-66 victory over Cibola on Friday night. Hopkins averages 23.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 3.1 steals per game.

Big 50

The loss spoiled Boyle's 50th birthday on Sunday.

Some of the CU fans in the cheap seats tried to sing the head coach "Happy Birthday!" during better times in the first half when the crowd was silenced by the Buffs' early 17-4 lead.

Series

The Buffs still lead the series with Arizona State 4-3 but fell to 1-3 in Tempe. Boyle is 2-2 against the Sun Devils (2-1 at CU, 0-1 at Northern Colorado).

Arizona State visits Boulder on Feb. 16.

Notable

Andre Roberson (13 rebounds) moved into fourth place on CU's all-time list with 867 career rebounds. The 6-7 junior passed Jim Davis, who had 854 in his three-year CU career from 1961-64. ... Arizona State, which entered the game third nationally in blocks (7.6 bpg), had a season-high 13 blocks. ... CU's bench was outscored 12-4 (Xavier Johnson had the four points). Freshman guard Eli Stalzer, who did not play at Arizona, logged his first Pac-12 minutes (4).

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