As a senior whose playing time is scattered at best, Xavier Talton is simply trying to make the most of the limited opportunities that come his way.
On Saturday night, he provided his best spark of the season so far, scoring eight points off the bench that included a flurry late in the first half that ultimately proved critical in the Colorado Buffaloes' 92-83 win against Brigham Young.
"I just have to keep being patient and let my time come," Talton said. "It really just comes into taking care of the ball and just being able to knock down an open shot when I'm open."
Talton knocked down a pair of 3-pointers late in the first half that helped CU build a 48-36 lead at the break.
Talton recorded all 13 minutes of his floor time during the first half, but he is displaying a penchant for delivering efficiently productive minutes. Saturday's performance left Talton with a 6-for-9 mark this season from 3-point range, and while he didn't attempt a free throw Saturday, Talton is a perfect 12-for-12 at the line.
Talton was part of a bench effort Saturday that saw the Buffs' reserves outscore the BYU bench 22-20. Tory Miller also was critical in that effort with eight points and five rebounds.
"X-Talton, I wouldn't say his role is diminished because I think he's a really an important part of our team," head coach Tad Boyle said. "He's got great senior leadership. He's got experience. He comes in off the bench and he can make shots. He takes care of the ball and defends.
"Our bench was the difference in the game tonight. I really believe that."
CU enjoyed its biggest crowd so far this season, topping the 8,000 mark for the first time in six home dates with an announced attendance of 8.913. However, it still fell short of the sellout Boyle and his program were hoping as they attempt to bring the electricity back to the Coors Events Center.
"It was the best it's been this year," Boyle said. "The energy in the building was good, but anytime there's an empty seat in the Coors Events Center, we've got room for improvement."
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