Through the first two games of The Basketball Tournament, both victories, Team Colorado enjoyed a number of clutch performances.
Those games also were marked by the hot shooting of former Colorado Buffaloes guard Marcus Hall, who had carried much of the team's scoring burden heading into the Super 16 round of the $2 million winner-take-all competition.
On Friday Hall's hot hand finally cooled. However, unleashing a form of team basketball that certainly would have made CU basketball coach Tad Boyle proud, the former Buffs were able to avenge an early exit from last year's TBT with a 78-73 victory against Team 23 in Philadelphia.
Team Colorado, which had five players reach double-figure points, will play Team Utah on Saturday for a spot in the Final Four. The game begins at 4 p.m. MDT and will air on ESPNU.
Dominique Coleman put together the standout individual performance for the former Buffs, making all four of his shots from the field (including two from 3-point range) as well as all six of his free throws. Coleman finished with a team-best 16 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists.
Coleman, though had plenty of help. Hall cooled down to the tune of a 5-for-16 mark from the field, yet he went 4-for-4 at the free throw line before finishing with 15 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Austin Dufault contributed 14 points while Levi Knutson came off the bench to knock down 3-of-5 3-point attempts and all four of his free throws, ultimately finishing with 13 points.
Marcus Relphorde scored 11 points and paced Team Colorado with eight rebounds.
Team Colorado raced to a 45-34 halftime lead but weathered several second-half runs from Team 23, a group of Arizona alums that dominated the former Buffs in the opening round of last year's TBT. Team Colorado was able to ice the win at the free throw line, hitting 19-of-24 in the second half and finishing 27-for-35 overall.
Team 23, the top seed from the West Region and last year's tournament runner-up, went 8-for-34 from 3-point range while fifth-seeded Team Colorado went 9-for-19.