FORT COLLINS — An already youthful roster for the Colorado men's basketball team suddenly has become appreciably younger.
Overshadowing Saturday's 72-63 loss for the Colorado men's basketball team at rival Colorado State was the news that senior forward Tory Miller-Stewart suffered a broken foot earlier this week, a setback that could rob the Buffaloes of their most experienced post player for the remainder of the season.
Heading into Saturday's game, Miller-Stewart and George King had both appeared in 101 games, with fellow senior Dom Collier playing his 96th career game at CSU. On a team that regularly sends five freshmen into the rotation, Miller-Stewart's minutes will go mostly to sophomore Lucas Siewert, who still is not 100 percent recovered from an ankle injury, and redshirt freshman Dallas Walton, who made his first career start in just his fifth game Saturday.
"Tory was injured at practice and is out indefinitely," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "We'll kind of get a feel as we go. I'm going to just leave it at that and figure out from whoever I have to figure it out from what I can say, what I can't say. But he's out indefinitely. We're not going to have him for a while.
"We missed Tory tonight. But we had enough guys. This loss had nothing to do with Tory Miller not being here. We miss Tory, we love Tory, but we had enough guys in uniform."
Without the 6-foot-9 Miller-Stewart the Buffs were outrebounded for just the second time this season, with the Rams owning a whopping 46-32 advantage on the glass. Miller-Stewart posted a season-high nine rebounds against Quinnipiac on Nov. 17 and was coming off a seven-rebound performance against Air Force.
Heading into Saturday's game Miller-Stewart ranked third on the team at 4.7 rebounds per game and was shooting .667 from the floor (12-for-18). He was getting to the free throw line at a career-best pace but had struggled to a 13-for-23 mark at the line.
In his first start, the 7-foot Walton went 3-for-3 from the floor before finishing with six points, two rebounds, and a blocked shot in 16 minutes.
"I thought Dallas was great. He played well in stretches," Boyle said. "Ball-screen defense for a big 7-footer sometimes is an adjustment. He's a freshman. He's learning. And he hasn't had the minutes. I look at McKinley Wright, or even Tyler Bey or D'Shawn Schwartz, those guys have gotten more minutes. Dallas was playing on really limited minutes in a tough environment. I was pleased with him and he's going to continue to get better."