Few players ever forget connecting on their first collegiate basket.
Chances are, Bryce Peters' will be just a bit more memorable.
After serving a two-game suspension for a violation of team rules, Peters finally made his CU debut on Thursday against Louisiana-Monroe. The freshman guard made a solid first impression, getting his first bucket off a steal and dunk with just under 11 minutes remaining in the first half.
"Energy is the key word with Bryce," CU coach Tad Boyle said. "He brings it on defense. He brings it on offense. He gets his hands on a lot of balls and he has a good feel for the game.
"Bryce is a guy who's going to be a terrific player here. Tonight was just the first night."
Peters could only watch as fellow freshmen Deleon Brown and Lucas Siewert enjoyed solid debuts a week ago, but he started to make up for lost time against Louisiana-Monroe. In 17 minutes Peters finished with nine points, three rebounds, three steals, and one assist without committing a turnover. Peters' first career 3-pointer before the halftime buzzer gave CU a 48-23 lead at the break.
With Peters playing alongside Brown and Siewert for the time, the Buffs' rookie class fared well. Brown went 3-for-4 and finished with nine points in 20 minutes. Siewert had a tough shooting night (1-for-7) but still contributed six rebounds and a blocked shot in 17 minutes.
Like Peters, neither Brown nor Siewert committed a turnover.
"Where he and Lucas and Deleon are right now, we're going to need them at times," Boyle said. "We needed them tonight. We're going to count on them a lot and I couldn't be more pleased with all three of them."
Free throw form
CU was the top free throw shooting team in the Pac-12 Conference a year ago but struggled to a 26-for-41 effort in a win Monday against Seattle. The Buffs regained their touch Thursday, finishing 28-for-35 with senior Josh Fortune leading the way with a 10-for-10 mark.
Reserve forward Tory Miller, who was 0-for-4 against Seattle, went 4-for-5.
Seniors Wesley Gordon and Xavier Johnson continued to climb a couple of the program's more prestigious all-time charts.
With 14 points, Johnson increased his career total to 1,025 points, moving past Andre Roberson and Chauncey Billups for 31st-place on CU's career scoring list. Gordon's game-high nine rebounds moved him past David Harrison, Larry Vaculik, and Burdette Haldorson for eighth-place among CU's top career rebounders. With 714 rebounds, next up for Gordon is Vince Kelley at seventh-place (730 rebounds).
The Buffs were improved on the turnover front, finishing with 12 following a 19-turnover night against Seattle...So far the Buffs have recorded assists on about 59 percent of their field goals (46 assists, 78 field goals). Last year CU notched assists on 53.4 percent of their field goals.