The Colorado Buffaloes posted their season-opening men's basketball victory on Veteran's Day Friday against Sacramento State, and the festivities included a touching and inspiring halftime ceremony.
During the break Tresse King, the mother of CU junior George King, was promoted from Air Force Senior Master Sergeant to Chief Master Sergeant with her son and his teammates looking on.
Military regulations require the presence of an officer for promotion ceremonies, and so COL. Angela Fortune, the mother of senior Josh Fortune, and Sgt. First Class Eddie Gordon, the father of senior Wesley Gordon, volunteered to handle the duties.
"Veteran's Day is a special day for our country, and it was really special I think tonight. You could tell the crowd was dialed in to what was going on, too," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "To have that tie with three family members of our current players was very special on a day like today. I think it meant a lot to George."
Freshmen Deleon Brown and Lucas Siewert played to rave reviews in their first appearances for the Buffs.
Brown calmly knocked down his first shot attempt, a 3-pointer in the first half that capped an 18-1 CU run that blew open the game. Brown, a 6-foot-4 guard, went 3-for-4 and finished with nine points, one assist, and no turnovers in 15 minutes.
Siewert's first attempt was an errant baseline jumper but he didn't miss anything else, going 3-for-3 from 3-point range before finishing with nine points and five rebounds in 17 minutes. Siewert, a 6-foot-10 forward, also didn't commit a turnover.
"I thought Lucas was terrific. Shot the ball well, we know he can do that," Boyle said. "Deleon I thought was terrific defensively. He played with great energy. Deleon is going to be a good player and I thought he was terrific in his first college game. Couldn't be more proud of those guys."
The final freshman expected to be part of the rotation this season, Bryce Peters, won't make his debut until at least the Louisiana-Monroe game later next week after getting suspended for two games for a violation of team rules.
Sophomore guard Thomas Akyazili recorded a career-best six assists...Gordon's 12 rebounds increased his career total to 691, moving him into 11th-place all-time among CU's career leaders...Junior forward Tory Miller knocked down the first 3-pointer of his career.