What went right: Very little, though the Buffs did shoot a respectable .481 from the field.
What went wrong: You name it, but 20 Indiana State points off a season-most 19 CU turnovers made the biggest difference. Five different Buffs were charged with at least three turnovers.
Star of the game: Tyler Bey. The sophomore forward was a bright spot, posting his fourth double-double in five games with 16 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots.
What's next: Relegated to the consolation bracket, the Buffs will play host Hawaii Sunday at 5 p.m. MT (ESPNU).
The Colorado men's basketball team had an early wake-up call on Saturday.
The Buffaloes didn't answer the bell.
Coach Tad Boyle's club once again committed far too many turnovers and was unable to execute a defensive game plan centered on slowing one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the nation. The result was a 72-67 defeat against Indiana State in the opening game of the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii.
It was Indiana State's first victory against a Pac-12 Conference program since 1946, while the Buffs were relegated to the consolation bracket where they will take on Hawaii on Sunday at 5 p.m. MT.
The Buffs never led against Indiana State, which entered the 10 a.m. Hawaii time tipoff in a virtual tie with Creighton for the top 3-point percentage in the nation. It had been an 11-day layoff since the Buffs allowed New Mexico sharpshooter Anthony Mathis to go 7-for-10 on 3-pointers, and throughout this past week Boyle implored his club to get that turned around against the Sycamores and their top 3-point ace, Jordan Barnes.
The layoff evidently changed nothing for the Buffs, who allowed Barnes to go 4-for-5 in the first half while the Sycamores knocked down eight of their first 11 3-point attempts en route to a 36-28 halftime lead.
Indiana State pushed its lead to 48-34 before the Buffs attempted to rally, with CU going on a 10-2 run to pull within six points with about 10 and a half minutes remaining. A bucket by the Sycamores' Tyreke Key gave Indiana State a 62-54 lead with 6 minutes, 35 seconds remaining, but the Buffs stepped up their defense to give themselves a chance at a rally by holding Indiana State to just two free throws over the next five minutes.
However, too many mistakes prevented CU from getting over the hump. During that five-minute span, CU went 2-for-6 on free throws, with McKinley Wright and D'Shawn Schwartz unable to complete 3-point plays. Schwartz also missed a point-blank layup attempt during that sequence that would have cut the Indiana State lead to one point.
The Buffs finally did get to within a point on a Shane Gatling 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining, but Key answered with a rebound basket and Wright once again was unable to complete a 3-point play that would have tied the game, leaving the Buffs with a one-point deficit with 27.8 seconds remaining. More damaging than the missed free throw, though, was the Buffs' apparent confusion after the Indiana State rebound, as only Schwartz retreated on defense while Key broke free for an easy layup, giving the Sycamores a 70-67 lead.
Gatling missed a potential tying 3-pointer, and a pair of free throws by Indiana State's Cooper Neese sealed the Sycamores' victory.
Indiana State outrebounded the Buffs 34-32 and outhustled Colorado in every aspect, outscoring CU in points off turnovers (20-13), second chance points (17-7) and points off the bench (21-18). Indiana State finished 9-for-16 on 3-pointers, while the Buffs went 5-for-18 from the arc and 12-for-19 on free throws.
Sophomore forward Tyler Bey was a bright spot for the Buffs, posting his fourth double-double in five games with 16 points and 13 rebounds. But CU couldn't overcome a season-most 19 turnovers, and with less than 12 minutes remaining in the game the Buffs had as many turnovers (16) as field goals. Bey, Wright, Schwartz, Namon Wright and Lucas Siewert all recorded at least three turnovers apiece.
INDIANA ST. 72, COLORADO 67
INDIANA ST. (7-3)
Rickman 2-5 0-0 4, Hughes 1-4 0-0 2, Key 6-11 0-0 12, Williams 5-16 3-3 14, Barnes 6-14 2-2 19, D.Thomas 1-1 0-2 2, Kessinger 2-4 0-0 4, Holston 1-1 0-0 3, Neese 3-6 2-2 10, Washington 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 28-63 7-9 72.
Siewert 3-9 2-2 8, M.Wright 5-10 0-2 10, Gatling 4-7 0-0 10, Bey 6-7 3-4 16, Schwartz 2-4 1-3 5, Battey 1-6 6-8 8, Parquet 0-0 0-0 0, Kountz 2-3 0-0 5, Brown 1-4 0-0 3, N.Wright 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 25-52 12-19 67.
Halftime — Indiana St. 36-28. 3-Point Goals— Indiana St. 9-16 (Barnes 5-8, Neese 2-3, Holston 1-1, Williams 1-2, Hughes 0-1, Key 0-1), Colorado 5-18 (Gatling 2-3, Bey 1-1, Kountz 1-2, Brown 1-3, Schwartz 0-1, Battey 0-2, M.Wright 0-3, Siewert 0-3). Fouled Out— Hughes. Rebounds— Indiana St. 30 (Williams 7), Colorado 29 (Bey 13). Assists— Indiana St. 13 (Key 4), Colorado 10 (M.Wright 5). Total Fouls— Indiana St. 21, Colorado 15.