It was a masterful performance by Derrick White that nonetheless was wasted.
Colorado's senior guard turned in another memorable performance last Thursday night against Utah, filling up the stat sheet while providing one of the highlights of the Buffaloes' season with a thrilling dunk early in the first half.
Yet as has happened too often for the Buffs this season, a commendable personal performance was overshadowed by a team-wide disappointment, as White's highlight show was obscured by an 86-81 defeat for the Buffs.
White finished with a game-high 31 points, becoming the first CU player to post two 30-point games in the same season since Askia Booker two years ago. White went 10-for-17 from the field and also finished with six rebounds, five assists, and four blocked shots.
"Derrick White, terrific. I don't know where we'd be without him," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "He made some questionable decisions with the ball in the first half turnover-wise. But look, he has five assists, he's got 31 points, he's 10-for-17. Derrick White is not our problem. Absolutely wasted (performance)."
White's 3-pointer with 1 minutes, 36 seconds remaining got the Buffs within one possession for the first time since Utah took control with a 19-5 run late in the first half, but CU didn't get closer than two points the rest of the way.
"I was just trying to finish at the hoop," White said of his monstrous first-half dunk. "It was only two points though. We needed that one stop to put us over the edge in this one. We were only lacking four or five points."
It was White's 12th game with at least 20 points.
Bonam does it again
The Buffs probably will be happy to not run into Utah senior Lorenzo Bonam one last time at the upcoming Pac-12 Conference tournament.
Bonam enjoyed another solid game against CU on Thursday, going 3-for-4 from the floor and finishing with 12 points, three rebounds, and three assists. By Bonam's standards, it was a somewhat pedestrian performance for him against the Buffs. In four head-to-head matchups against CU since the beginning of last season, Bonam has averaged 15 points while going 23-for-38 (.605) from the floor. Bonam also went 6-for-10 on 3-pointers and 8-for-9 on free throws in those four games.
That stretch also includes a layup Bonam scored with 1.1 seconds left that lifted Utah to victory last year in the Utes' previous visit to the Coors Events Center.
Former Buffs star Spencer Dinwiddie, in town as his Brooklyn Nets take on the Denver Nuggets on Friday, was in attendance and received a warm ovation when he was introduced during the first half...CU's past two opponents have shot .566 (60-for-106) from the field...Wesley Gordon's 12 points marked his first double-digit scoring effort since he scored 15 at Washington State on Jan. 21...Freshman guard Bryce Peters missed his second game due to a suspension, with Boyle reiterated remains "indefinite."