It's not often that Josh Scott isn't quite ready to shoulder the load for the Colorado Buffaloes.
Wednesday, however, was one of those nights. Feeling under the weather and somewhat sluggish, CU's senior forward wasn't his usual dominating presence in the paint but still managed to contribute heavily to the Buffs' 91-75 win against visiting Stanford.
Scott finished an uncharacteristic 4-for-10 from the field and 6-for-10 at the free throw line, yet he still tallied 14 points while leading the team with eight rebounds and sharing the team lead with a season-best four assists.
Scott also recorded three blocked shots.
"Josh Scott wasn't himself tonight," head coach Tad Boyle said. "He battled through and wasn't feeling well. But I could tell at the shoot-around and even pregame meal something wasn't right with him. He hasn't been feeling good, not sleeping real long. Sometimes you forget guys are going to battle through things like that this time of year.
"He battled, but George King and Josh Fortune really were the recipients of Josh making some unselfish plays for us."
Scott moved past former teammate Andre Roberson for third-place among CU's all-time leaders in blocked shots.
Sharing the wealth
Boyle was ecstatic to see the Buffs top the 20-assist mark for just the third time this season. Scott and Fortune led the way with four apiece, with guards Dom Collier and Xavier Talton each adding three.
"When you have 21 assists on 27 baskets, it means you're sharing the ball, it means you're moving the ball," Boyle said. "Obviously making shots makes life a lot easier for everybody."
It was the third-best assist total for CU this year. The Buffs registered 24 against Hampton and 23 against Fort Lewis.
Not only has King gone 14-for-19 on 3-pointers over the past four games, but he is 18-for-19 at the free throw line over the past five games...Tre'Shaun Fletcher went 4-for-4 on free throws and boasts a 19-for-20 mark in Pac-12 games...The Buffs committed 10 turnovers in the first half but recorded only five after the break. CU's turnovers led to 19 points for Stanford...Talton grabbed a season-best six rebounds.