AUSTIN, Tex. — It wasn't the most envious of schedules, with the Colorado Buffaloes playing on the road just 48 hours after winning at home Monday in the second round of the NIT.
CU head coach Tad Boyle, however, didn't use that grind as an excuse following the Buffs' season-ending 68-55 loss at Texas Wednesday in the NIT quarterfinals. Particularly since CU was just two weeks removed from playing three games in three days at the Pac-12 Conference tournament in Las Vegas.
"I do think in the second half we rode McKinley (Wright) and Tyler (Bey) really hard. Didn't get them any breaks," Boyle said. "We tried to get them breaks at media timeouts, but I thought those guys got tired in the second half. But not in the first half. We didn't shoot around today. The quick turnaround...when you play three games in three days like we did in Las Vegas, your legs are with you. We're fine. The second half maybe fatigue set in, but the game was over by then."
Wright (37 minutes), Bey (34), D'Shawn Schwartz (37) and freshman Daylen Kountz (30) all logged at least 30 minutes. With forward Evan Battey suffering early foul trouble and guard Shane Gatling playing just 13 minutes due to a sore ankle, that quartet shouldered extra responsibilities against the Longhorns.
For Gatling, it was his second-lowest playing time of the season, trailing only a 12-minute performance in December at New Mexico.
UT seniors shine
The Buffs didn't have a senior in the starting lineup all season and the lone senior on the roster, Namon Wright, exited the rotation with a season-ending foot injury in January.
In a big-time moment in a tournament setting, Texas' two seniors, Kerwin Roach and Dylan Osetkowski, led the way for the Longhorns. The duo was Texas' top two scorers, with Osetkowski finishing with 15 points and Roach coming off the bench to record 14 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Osetkowski scored 13 points in the first half and also finished with five rebounds, four steals, and three assists.
"They've got a lot of young talent as well, but I thought their two seniors really made the difference tonight," Boyle said. "They played like it. Especially Osetkowski. In the first half, he was terrific."
With 13 rebounds at Texas, Bey moved into elite territory among the top rebounders in CU history. His final season total of 356 is the second-best single-season mark in program history, trailing only the 401 rebounds recorded by Andre Roberson in 2011-12. Bey also moved into a tie for 29th all-time in career rebounds with 520.
San Antonio Spurs guard and former CU star Derrick White was in attendance...Texas went 9-for-22 on 3-pointers and has shot .422 (35-for-83) from the arc during the NIT...CU sophomore D'Shawn Schwartz finished with 11 points, giving him double-figure scoring totals in eight of the final 10 games of the season...The Buffs went 15-for-18 at the free throw line and finished the season with a .753 free throw percentage. That's the third-best mark in program history, trailing the record .778 held by the 2010-11 team and the .766 posted by the 2009-10 team.