What went right: The Buffs were hot from long range, going 13-for-19 on 3-pointers.
What went wrong: CU surrendered 17 offensive rebounds, and second-chance points were one of the few reasons the Cardinal remained within striking distance at halftime.
Star of the game: George King. The redshirt sophomore went 5-for-5 from 3-point range and 8-for-9 overall, scoring a team-leading 23 points.
What's next?: The Buffs complete their two-game homestand against Cal on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Asked this week just how good his Colorado Buffaloes would be if its top two 3-point shooters, George King and Josh Fortune, ever got hot at the same time, and coach Tad Boyle offered a simple answer.
It hasn't occurred too frequently this season that both shooters have been on the top of their games at the same time, but it happened Wednesday night. And, indeed, CU was at times scary good, using a hot start from 3-point range to race past Stanford for a 91-75 win in a Pac-12 Conference battle at the Coors Events Center.
"Obviously a great team victory," Boyle said. "It's a step in the right direction. We talked on Monday at practice of this being a week of separation (in the Pac-12), and this was a step in that separation. We have to continue that on Sunday. We can't get too high off this win. We took care of business and beat a good, solid team."
Fortune opened the game with three consecutive 3-pointers and soon King came off the bench to top that feat by going 5-for-5 from long range. The duo helped the Buffs connect on 8-of-13 3-pointers in the first half, building a 42-28 halftime lead in a game CU never trailed.
While Fortune found the range after struggling with his shot for much of league play, King's stellar night continued a recent hot streak for the redshirt sophomore. King has now connected on a torrid 14-of-19 from 3-point range over the past four games.
"My teammates got the ball moving great in the first half and got open shots," Fortune said. "I made the first couple of them in the first half and felt good after that."
CU (16-5, 5-3 Pac-12) extended its lead to 23 points early in the second half before Stanford attempted a comeback, with Rosco Allen leading the Cardinal on a 13-0 run that cut the Buffs' lead to 10 points with 9 minutes, 30 seconds remaining.
But Dom Collier helped the Buffs answer with 10 consecutive points, finding Josh Scott for a 3-point play before knocking down four consecutive free throws. By the time King ended the run with his fifth consecutive 3-pointer, CU's lead was back to 20 points and the Cardinal was ready to warm up the bus.
After squandering a 16-point lead at Stanford on Jan. 3 before holding on to win by a point, the Buffs made certain to not coast to the finish.
"We had a nice lead over at Stanford...and we knew they weren't going to let up on the gas pedal. They were going to keep pushing," King said. "That's the type of team they had. We understood that and the goal was to win the second half."
King finished 8-for-9 overall and paced CU with 23 points. Fortune went 5-for-7 on 3-pointers and recorded 21 points, his best scoring total since transferring to CU from Providence. Fortune also shared the team lead with four assists, and his shooting performance helped Fortune erase the 4-for-15 effort he had endured from 3-point game over the previous five games.
Senior forward Josh Scott recorded 14 points and reserve forward Tory Miller turned in a solid game off the bench, contributing 12 points and six rebounds. Overall, CU finished 13-for-19 from 3-point range, with King and Fortune going a combined 10-for-12.
"It was nice to see Josh (Fortune) hit a couple and get in a rhythm," Boyle said. "George really shot it well too. When both those guys are making threes and you shoot 13-for-19, you're going to be tough to beat."
COLORADO 91, STANFORD 75
Humphrey 2-6 0-2 4, R. Allen 7-17 8-11 25, Sanders 2-7 0-0 4, Pickens 3-6 2-2 9, Mar. Allen 3-10 3-4 10, Mal. Allen 0-2 0-0 0, Sheffield 4-15 2-2 12, Sharma 2-3 0-0 4, Walker 2-2 1-2 5, Verhoeven 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 26-71 16-23 75.
Gordon 1-3 2-3 5, Scott 4-10 6-10 14, Fletcher 2-5 4-4 9, Collier 1-3 4-4 7, Fortune 6-9 4-4 21, Akyazili 0-2 0-0 0, Talton 0-1 0-0 0, Stalzer 0-0 0-0 0, Lombard 0-1 0-0 0, Guzonjic 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 5-11 2-4 12, King 8-9 2-2 23, Brady 0-1 0-0 0, Repine 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-55 24-31 91.
Halftime — Colorado 42-28. 3-point goals — Stanford 7-23 (R. Allen 3-8, Sheffield 2-4, Pickens 1-3, Mar. Allen 1-4, Mal. Allen 0-1, Sanders 0-3), Colorado 13-19 (King 5-5, Fortune 5-7, Gordon 1-1, Fletcher 1-2, Collier 1-2, Scott 0-1, Akyazili 0-1). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Stanford 38 (R. Allen 9), Colorado 46 (Scott 8). Assists — Stanford 7 (Walker 2), Colorado 21 (Fortune, Scott 4). Total Fouls_Stanford 24, Colorado 19. A_8,001.