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Dom Collier hopes working holiday pays off as CU Buffs men’s hoops begins Pac-12 play

Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer
Junior guard Dom Collier (left) expects to keep getting stronger for the Colorado Buffaloes in his comeback from a stress fracture in his foot.

While his teammates were enjoying a well-earned respite for a few days last weekend, Dominique Collier got to work.

Still attempting to get back to 100 percent in his recovery from a stress fracture in his left foot, the Colorado Buffaloes’ junior guard spent much of his team’s holiday hiatus getting together with strength and conditioning coach Steve Englehart for a few running sessions at the Champions Center. Collier expects his game to only get stronger in the coming weeks at the Buffs open their Pac-12 Conference schedule Sunday at Utah (4:30 p.m., ESPNU).

“Practices this week, like (Friday) and yesterday, they’re getting longer,” Collier said. “We’re getting everything back to where it needs to be, especially heading into Pac-12. I’ll be a lot more comfortable. I’ve had a couple practices with my foot feeling better, and then obviously the two games. I should be more ready and in better shape.”

Collier made an impressive debut in the season opener in his new role off the bench, hitting 4-of-6 3-pointers against Sacramento State and leading CU with 12 points. Yet after the foot pain he endured through he preseason worsened, Collier played just seven minutes in the season’s second game before sitting out the next nine. He returned on Dec. 19 at Air Force, going 3-for-6 on 3-pointers while logging 19 minutes.

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