LYNCHBURG, Va. — Apparently, Namon Wright's foot is just fine.
The junior guard for the Colorado men's basketball team enjoyed the biggest night of his young CU career and also provided an individual highlight during the Buffaloes' 70-69 comeback victory Friday night against Quinnipiac that would have stood out if not for the buzzer-beating heroics of freshman guard McKinley Wright.
Namon Wright came off the bench for the first time on the young season and went scoreless during the first half. However, he scored all 16 of his points in the second half, including six in the final 1 minute, 23 seconds as CU rallied to victory.
"We're super happy to win," Namon Wright said. "We played a bad game for 34 minutes and we executed the last six minutes. It was a huge learning experience for us. Never stop fighting, go hard all game because you never know what will happen. Keep going and don't get too high or too low."
Despite an 0-for-3 mark on 3-pointers, Namon Wright still finished 6-for-13 and also added four rebounds and two steals in 33 minutes. Namon Wright missed last season after transferring from Missouri, but he was unable to practice with the Buffs after suffering a foot injury that required surgery during the preseason.
Namon Wright started the first two games — he scored seven points in the opener against Northern Colorado and added 14 on a 4-for-5 night against Denver — but he came off the bench against Quinnipiac while Lucas Siewert made his first start of the season.
Coach Tad Boyle said he made the move in part because of Quinnipiac's bigger lineup, but also because of "some tardiness on Namon's part."
No confidence shortage
McKinley Wright was so confident about making his buzzer-beating 3-pointer Friday night, he told classmate D'Shawn Schwartz it was going to happen.
"I hit a three a couple plays before that, and on a free throw they were shooting I told D'Shawn 'I'm going to shoot this and it's going to go in,'" McKinley Wright said. "He said, 'You're built for this.' I got the rebound and I knew I was going for it as soon as I got it."
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