LOS ANGELES — Colorado was able to take advantage of a little home court-like support in enemy territory.
The sparsely-populated Galen Center on Saturday night welcomed just 3,974 spectators for the host USC Trojans' basketball battle against Colorado. Yet a fair portion of that crowd was decked out in black-and-gold behind the CU bench, and head coach Tad Boyle was quick to credit their support after his Buffs topped USC 69-65.
"I saw the Buff contingent behind our bench and you heard them during the game," Boyle said. "I know most of them were Evan Battey's family and friends. But we had other parents here, and administration was here. There's 23,000 Colorado alumni in the state of California, so it was a big game for us. It was a big game for our university, as UCLA was.
"I said this game was no bigger than the UCLA game, but there was a little bit extra in my belly for it. But still, one win in the standings."
D'Shawn Schwartz knocked down the biggest free throws of his still-young CU Buffaloes career, continuing his recent run of impressive free throw shooting. Schwartz went 3-for-3 at the line, pushing his free throw percentage in Pac-12 play to .893 (25-for-28). Schwartz credited a slight tweak to his free throw form that was suggested by assistant coach Kim English for
"I feel like I knew they were going down," Schwartz said. "Coach English kind of tweaked my free throw a little bit, and ever since then I've been super-confident every time I step to the line. I'm starting the ball a little bit higher. I'm not bringing it down and bringing the full motion. It will never be short, so I've just got to get it up and it will go in."
During their three-game win streak, CU has shot .881 (52-for-59) at the free throw line...USC was swept in a Pac-12 home series for the first time since 2015...Freshman guard Eli Parquet went 1-for-2 at the free throw line for his first made free throw with the Buffaloes. Parquet's only other free throw attempts this season was an 0-for-2 showing at Air Force on Nov. 24...After going 13-for-24 on 3-pointers in a win at UCLA, the Buffs finished 4-for-20 from the arc against USC.