Like most of the Colorado Buffaloes, it has been an up-and-down season for junior guard Dominique Collier.
On Saturday, though, Collier turned in perhaps his biggest clutch performance of the season, knocking down two late 3-pointers that proved critical in the Buffs' 54-46 Pac-12 Conference win against Cal in the regular season finale.
Collier's first 3-pointer broke a 32-32 tie midway through the second half, but it was his second 3-pointer that helped break Cal's back. With the shot clock winding down Collier drained a long 3-pointer that gave CU a four-point lead with 2 minutes, 37 seconds left. And in the sort of defensive battle the teams were waging Saturday, a four-point lead often felt like 10.
Collier's second 3-pointer also started the Buffs on a game-closing 10-3 run that turned a tenuous one-point lead into an eight-point win.
"I was being ready, getting my feet ready when these guys penetrate," Collier said. "The clock was running down, so I just wanted to take and make a big shot. I saw the clock, so I just pulled up and shot it."
Junior George King continued his takeover of the team rebounding lead, grabbing eight of his team-best nine rebounds after halftime. His effort helped the Buffs turn a 28-19 halftime rebounding edge for Cal into a 20-14 lead for the Buffs in the second half.
King just missed his seventh double-digit rebounding game of the season while increasing his team-leading average to 6.9. King averaged just 4.7 rebounds per game a year ago.
"Just more effort, not allowing Cal boxing me out affect me," King said. "Just going to do what I do, which is be athletic and try to get rebounds."
In addition to the Senior Day pregame ceremony honoring CU's four fifth-year seniors, the Buffs also recongized their two senior managers, Jacob Morales and David Pavlakovich...CU's 54 points was its lowest total since a 48-47 win at Oregon in 2012. The 46 points allowed by the Buffs was their best defensive effort since holding Fresno State to 43 points on Dec. 12, 2012...Saturday's attendance of 8,392 bumped CU's season average to 7,772...With three blocked shots, senior Wesley Gordon increased his career total to 200, becoming just the second CU player to reach that mark in his career. David Harrison is the Buffs' all-time leader with 225...The Buffs are 12-0 when holding their opponents under 70 points.