The robust scoring totals for both teams led to a number of milestones in the wake of the Colorado men's basketball team's 112-103 double-overtime win against South Dakota State Friday night.
It marked only the fifth time CU and its opponent both topped the 100-point mark, with the Buffaloes improving to 39-2 all-time when scoring at least 100 points. The last time CU and its opponent both topped 100 points was a 132-117 overtime win at home against George Mason on Dec. 2, 1995.
CU's 112 points tied for the 10th-most points in team history and it also was the most points by a Buffs squad in eight seasons under head coach Tad Boyle.
Freshman McKinley Wright fell just short of the fourth triple-double in team history, finishing with 30 points, 11 assists, and nine rebounds in a performance that also ranks among the program's all-time best.
Wright became just the fourth CU freshman to record 30 points in a game, joining an exclusive club that includes Chauncey Billups (who did it four times) Emmett Lewis, and Richard Roby.
Boyle hinted at possible lineup changes following a listless loss at home Tuesday against San Diego, and after witnessing something that didn't make him happy at practice this week, Boyle followed through on that threat Friday.
The starting lineup against South Dakota State included three players — true freshman D'Shawn Schwartz, redshirt freshman Alex Strating, and senior walk-on Josh Repine — who made their first career starts. Senior guard Dom Collier also started after playing the previous three games off the bench.
"That was more of a practice thing, the starting lineup," Boyle said. "We had a two-zone segment for about 10 minutes (Thursday) and the guys with the gold jerseys on whipped the black (starting) jerseys. I think the black jersey guys thought that practice was over and it didn't mean a whole lot. I told myself during practice that maybe I should start these guys.
"It was more of a message to the guys at the end of practice yesterday that that's not OK. And I'm watching. My staff did not want me to do it. They didn't agree with it. I just said win or lose, I'm going to sleep good tonight."
Siewert getting stronger
Sophomore Lucas Siewert looked the healthiest he has been since suffering a sprained ankle on Nov. 18 against Drake, going 6-for-9 from the floor before finishing with a season-high 14 points to go with four rebounds.
Siewert missed two games after suffering the injury, and his effectiveness had been limited in the four games prior to Friday's effort, going just 1-for-7 overall with 11 rebounds in those contests. Siewert went 2-for-4 on 3-pointers — knocking down two in a game for the first time this season — and also displayed an encouraging sign by converting several one-on-one moves out of the low post.
"It's not 100 percent yet, but I know since Tory (Miller-Stewart) is out I've got to take it for the team," Siewert said. "When I'm out there I don't think about my ankle. I just want to help the team to get a win. It's improving. As long as I'm not taking a step back, it's good."
Despite making a solid contribution in eight minutes during the first half, redshirt freshman Dallas Walton didn't play after halftime Friday night. The 7-foot freshman briefly returned to the CU locker room during the first half, but afterward Boyle said putting Walton on the bench was a matchup issue, not an injury issue.
"It just was tough because they had four shooters, usually. It was just a tough matchup night for Dallas," Boyle said. "That's the only reason he didn't play more, not because he got hurt or did anything wrong. There's going to be certain nights Dallas is going to match up well with our opponents, and there's going to be certain nights he doesn't. Tonight he didn't."
Walton went 2-for-2 with four points and three rebounds.
George King's run of consecutive missed 3-pointers reached 11 in a row before the senior knocked down four in a row, finishing 4 of 6 from long range with 17 points. King (1,041 points) moved into 30th-place on CU's all-time scoring list...After going 11-for-46 on 3-pointers in the previous two games, the Buffs finished 13-for-27 from long range against SDSU...CU has shot .817 (58-for-71) at the free throw line over the past three games.