For the second straight game, redshirt freshman forward Evan Battey provided a huge spark off the bench for the Colorado men's basketball team.
This time, however, it proved to be an abbreviated appearance. Battey exited Wednesday's 77-73 home win against Arizona State due to a lower back issue and did not return. Afterward, head coach Tad Boyle said it is a problem Battey has been attempting to work through lately, and his status for Sunday's home date against Arizona will be re-evaluated following the team's scheduled day off on Thursday.
"His back has been bothering him," Boyle said. "It was spasm-ing up. I don't know if it was a particular play or what, but he was hurting. I promise you if he could've come back, he would've come back. We're just going to keep our fingers crossed and hopefully get him treatment and hopefully have him back for Sunday. But we'll treat him very gingerly. Lower backs are nothing to mess with."
Battey didn't quite play 11 full minutes Wednesday night, but he went 3-for-5 with eight points, two rebounds, one assist, and one steal. His field goal percentage in Pac-12 games improved to .552 (32-for-58).
"There is a reason McKinley Wright was going to be a possible player of the year candidate coming into the season and Tyler Bey. Those two sophomores, whoa, they got something good with those two."
— Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley after Bey (22 points, 17 rebounds) and Wright (24 points, eight assists) dominated his club.
Bey's 17 rebounds was the most by a CU player since Josh Scott also grabbed 17 at Oregon on Feb. 18, 2015...Bey and Wright shot a combined 18-for-25. The rest of CU's team was just 10-for-32...Freshman guard Eli Parquet did not play after missing Tuesday's practice due to an illness...Former CU stars George King and Derrick White were sitting courtside...For the second time in a week, Lucas Siewert recorded a career-best four assists. He also had four in last week's win at UCLA...The Buffs improved to 8-1 against ASU at home.