Bryce Peters continuing to surge for CU Buffs men’s basketball

Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer
Colorado’s Bryce Peters had several highlight dunks and six assists in the Buffs; win on Thursday.

Bryce Peters generally isn’t the shy sort. And so he certainly doesn’t have reservations about describing himself as a bundle of energy that simply needs to be let loose from time to time.

During Thursday night’s win against Washington, Peters unleashed that pent-up energy in a series of highlight-reel dunks, with the Colorado Buffaloes freshman adding a career-best six assists in another inspired effort that continued his recent surge off the CU bench.

Among Peters’ personal dunk show Thursday night was a one-handed rebound slam that gave the Buffs their biggest lead at 16 points with just under 12 minutes to play.

“It just happens,” Peters said. “I just have a lot of built-up energy, and on the court is where I can release my energy. Everybody knows I’m the most energetic guy on the team and I talk the most. Getting dunks and highlight plays like that that get the crowd up, that’s what I live for.

Peters went 5-for-8 from the field and finished with 10 points as CU posted its fourth win in five games. After beginning the season serving a two-game suspension for a violation of team rules, Peters reached double-figure points just once in the next 18 games. He has hit that mark three times in the past five games, averaging nine points per game during that span while going 16-for-29 from the floor.

Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of Peters’ performance Thursday was his assist total. The 6-foot-4 guard had not recorded more than two assists in any game this season, finally displaying another aspect of the all-around skills that head coach Tad Boyle has lauded since Peters signed with the Buffs.

“We’ve seen it in practice. Bryce is good in ball-screens and is a very good passer, a very willing passer,” Boyle said. “The key with him is making good decisions. He got those six assists and it says he’s willing to pass the ball. We’ve seen it in practice, we haven’t necessarily seen it in games. But Bryce has got that ability to be a multi-dimensional player. Much like Derrick (White) is, much like Spencer (Dinwiddie) was.”

Dime suspended

On Friday, the University of Washington leveled an indefinite suspension upon senior forward Malik Dime, who got into an altercation with CU fans at the end of the Huskies bench near the student section.

“Malik’s actions were inconsistent with his typical behavior,” Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar said in a statement. “They were absolutely unacceptable, and did not represent the values of our team and the sportsmanship spirit of our conference. We have spoken with him at length and expect this to be a valuable teaching moment. We do not expect this type of behavior to happen again.”

Dime said in the same statement that he apologized to the person. Dime has not played the past nine games due to a broken pinkie finger.

Wes speaks

Sunday’s home game against Washington State (6:30 p.m., ESPNU) marks the return of CU seniors Xavier Johnson and Wesley Gordon from a two-game suspension for a violation of undisclosed team rules. While Johnson spoke with the media Tuesday, Gordon expressed his thoughts on Friday about being eager to get back in the mix for the Buffs.

“It was disappointing, but we make mistakes and that’s what comes from it,” Gordon said. “Definitely eager to get out there. Our team stepped up and did a pretty good job in both games, really. Bryce stepped up and Lucas (Siewert) played well, Tory (Miller) too. I think it helped elevate their games, which is a good thing for us.”

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