George King was apologetic to his teammates after what was one of the ugliest offensive performances ever put together by a Colorado men's basketball team at home.
The Buffaloes struggled throughout a 69-59 defeat Tuesday night against San Diego, finishing with a shooting percentage of .259 that was the lowest ever by a CU team at the Coors Events Center. Despite finishing with a double-double for the third time this season and the 10th time in his career, King was not immune to those struggles, going 4-for-16 overall and 0-for-5 on 3-pointers.
Still, the Buffs chipped away at the deficit in the middle stages of the second half, doing most of their damage at the free throw line while eventually whittling the San Diego lead to five points. King, though, took responsibility afterward for a pair of missed opportunities defensively that contributed to the comeback falling short.
"I apologize to the team," King said. "It was a key moment for us. We started to really get back in the game. Our momentum was really good defensively. And my man drives right past me for a layup. There was another incident when we got a stop and I didn't box my man out. He ended up getting an offensive rebound. That's why I feel the way I do. I know for a fact if we would have gotten those two stops, we would have put my team in great position to win the game. And I didn't do that."
King posted consecutive 25-point games against Mercer and Air Force last month, but since then the senior guard-turned-forward has experienced a prolonged shooting slump. In the four games since then, King has shot just 15-for-50 overall (.300) with a 3-for-17 mark on 3-pointers. Two years ago King posted the second-best single-season 3-point mark in team history at .456, but Tuesday's effort dropped his 3-point percentage this season to .333 (13-for-39).
King knocked down his first 3-point attempt Saturday at nationally-ranked Xavier, but he will enter Friday's home date against South Dakota State with nine consecutive misses from beyond the arc.
On the plus side, King's 14 points moved him past Andre Roberson and Chauncey Billups for 32nd-place on CU's all-time scoring list. King now owns 1,024 points and will soon pass Wilky Gilmore (1,026 points). King also moved into a tie with Mike Coleman for 28th-place on CU's all-time rebounding list with 520. Austin Dufault is next at 27th-place with 529.
The defeat was just the second for CU in the team's past 22 nonconference games at home...Freshman Tyler Bey recorded a season-best nine rebounds in 17 minutes...After going 4-for-7 on 3-pointers in the previous two games, senior guard Dom Collier went 0-for-4 on Tuesday and finished just 1-for-9 overall...Sophomore Lucas Siewert enjoyed his most productive effort in four games since returning from an ankle injury, finishing with four points and three rebounds in 17 minutes...Freshman guard D'Shawn Schwartz played at least 13 minutes in six of the season's first eight games, but he has logged a total of just 14 minutes over the past two games...San Diego walk-on guard Andy Nelson, a Lafayette native and a graduate of Holy Family High School, entered the game for the final 28 seconds. It was just the second appearance this season for Nelson this season.