Throughout the season, the Colorado men's basketball team has been very good in the paint.
On Thursday night, though, the Buffs got pushed around inside during their 69-56 loss to No. 25 UCLA.
CU finished a season-low 18 points in the paint, well below its season average of 32.4 per game.
"I can't really answer that for individuals," center Josh Scott said of the struggles inside on offense. "You've got to find a way as a team to make up for that and we didn't have that tonight."
Scott had 19 points, but forwards Xavier Johnson and Wesley Gordon struggled, combining for four points and going 1-for-9 from the floor.
"We've got to get them, when they do have opportunities, to try to finish at the rim," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "It's hard offensively when you have guys who normally finish. X has been hampered a little bit with tendonitis in his knee. He doesn't have the same explosiveness that he normally has.
"But, they're good players. They'll be fine."
Johnson did play well on defense, coming up with eight rebounds. Gordon had a good game on defense, too, as he spent most of the night guarding UCLA star Kyle Anderson, who finished with six points, five rebounds and six assists.
While the offense scored a season-low in the paint, the defense gave up too many points inside, as UCLA finished with 34 points in the paint.
"They weren't doing anything special," Scott said. "They were getting a lot of offensive rebounds and putting them in for layups. It wasn't like they were running some magic play. It was just breaking us down and we just were giving up too many boards."
Getting the point
CU used a combination of players at point guard in place of injured Spencer Dinwiddie.
Freshman Jaron Hopkins got the start, while sophomores Xavier Talton and Eli Stalzer played valuable minutes there, too. That trio combined to go just 4-for-16 from the floor, though, scoring a total of nine points.
Talton did have four assists, however.
"It's going to take them time," Boyle said. "I was pleased with them. They didn't play as well as they're capable of playing offensively. But I believe in those guys. We're going to be fine."
Since his injury on Sunday, Dinwiddie has not been made available to the media. However, he did take to Twitter after the game Thursday.
"Now that was weird..never watched like that in my life..walked out and felt like I let 11,000 down," he tweeted. "But nonetheless this ain't bout me..we, the team has to get on track and that starts with a win on Saturday."
CU hosts Southern Cal on Saturday.
The Buffs also had a season-low in second-chance points (one). ... CU is now 15-4 when the Coors Events Center is sold out during the Tad Boyle era. ... CU is 1-7 all-time against UCLA. The one win came on Dec. 7, 1962, in Boulder.