EUGENE, Ore. — In recent weeks, freshman guard Bryce Peters started to display a taste of the explosive scoring ability Colorado head coach Tad Boyle raved about when Peters signed with the Buffaloes.
Yet the rookie continues to confound Boyle and his teammates with his shortcomings off the floor.
Peters was suspended for Saturday’s date at No. 7 Oregon due to a violation of team rules. It marked the third time this season Peters has been relegated to the bench due to off-court issues.
“He’s going to be out indefinitely until we decide he’s going to come back,” CU head coach Tad Boyle said. “He’s out right now.”
Peters began his collegiate career with a suspension, missing the first two games of the year before scoring nine points in his debut in the season’s third game against Louisiana-Monroe. Boyle also benched Peters for the first half of CU’s game at Portland on Dec. 3 after the freshman missed a study hall session.
Peters had averaged 8.4 points in the previous seven games heading into Saturday’s contest. While Peters certainly wouldn’t have made much of a difference in a lopsided 101-73 loss for the Buffs, his absence nonetheless continued an alarming trend for both himself and the entire CU team.
CU players now have missed 7.5 games this season due to suspensions. In addition to Peters’ previous transgressions, seniors Wesley Gordon and Xavier Johnson also violated a team rule on CU’s previous road trip, with both players serving two-game suspensions. That tally also doesn’t include Johnson missing the second half of one-point loss at Arizona State after getting ejected late in the first half.
Boyle was impressed by the raucous atmosphere at Knight Arena, where the hostile environment contributed to the Buffs’ inability to reverse the momentum once the Ducks got rolling.
“This was by far and away the best crowd since we’ve been in the league. It’s not even close,” Boyle said. “When they got it rocking and rolling like they did today, they’re tough. As tough as any place in the league, right there with Arizona and Utah. It’s nice to see the Oregon fans out supporting this team, because in years past they haven’t. At least when we’ve been here.”
Fortune finds range
Lost in the resounding defeat was one of the most productive efforts this season for Josh Fortune.
The senior guard knocked down all three of his 3-point attempts, finishing with 11 points and no turnovers in 19 minutes. A 10.3 points-per-game scorer last year, Saturday marked Fortune’s first double-digit scoring effort since Dec. 22 against Eastern Washington.
The Buffs have now allowed 100 points twice in a season for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign. CU also allowed 104 points against UCLA on Jan. 12…Junior guard Dom Collier scored a season-best 13 points…Freshman guard Deleon Brown is just 2-for-16 on 3-pointers in Pac-12 play…Gordon, CU’s leading rebounder, managed just seven total rebounds in the two games in Oregon…CU’s run of three consecutive games with at least 10 steals ended, with the Buffs’ recording only five…Despite an 0-for-7 mark on 3-pointers, Xavier Johnson’s nine points moved him past Scott Wilke and Stephane Pelle for 12th-place on CU’s all-time scoring list.