CU men’s basketball: Buffs escape upset bid by Nicholls

It wasn’t a performance the Colorado Buffaloes are likely to highlight in the 2015-16 season scrapbook. But all things considered, the Buffs will be happy with the win.

CU survived its most frustrating shooting performance of the season to rally past upset-minded Nicholls for an 85-68 victory Friday night at the Coors Events Center.

Nicholls scored 13 consecutive points early in the first half to immediately put the Buffs on their heels, eventually building a 38-33 lead at halftime. That deficit would have been worse for the Buffs if not for a five consecutive CU points before the break.

Stellar from 3-point range and at the free throw line all season, the Buffs struggled on both fronts Friday, going 3-for-15 in the first half on 3-pointers and finishing 16-for-26 at the free throw line.

An 11-2 run by the Buffaloes shortly after halftime gave CU its first lead since the opening minutes of the first half, and the Buffs were able to steadily pull away over the remainder of the second half.

Junior guard Josh Fortune was one of the few Buffs not encumbered by the night’s shooting woes, making 7-of-12 shots before finishing with 17 points. Josh Scott scored a team-leading 20 for the Buffs and George King added 14.

Wes Gordon had a quiet night offensively with five points but matched a career-high with seven blocked shots. Tory Miller provided a spark off the bench with six points and a season-high 10 rebounds.

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