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CU basketball notes: Lucas Siewert providing spark off the bench

Sophomore Daylen Kountz struggling in starting role

An average of 10 points and 6.5 rebounds per night off the bench? The Colorado men’s basketball team will be more than pleased to get that from Lucas Siewert throughout the remainder of the season.

The Buffaloes’ senior forward turned in his second solid performance of the young season Saturday night against San Diego, providing a spark off the bench and shooting the Buffs into a game-changing run in the second half of No. 25 CU’s 71-53 win against the Toreros in the 2019-20 home opener.

It was a milestone game for Siewert, who made his 100th appearance in a Buffs uniform. He has started 30 games in his career, including 26 last year, but so far the native of Brazil has the look of a dependable veteran contributor off the bench.

“You’ve just got to accept your role,” Siewert said. “Being on the bench, seeing the game for the first four minutes, helps a little bit to see what they’re doing. But yeah, just accepting my role. I’m not worried about the minutes I’m playing. Just make the time count.”

Siewert was solid in CU’s season-opening win against Arizona State in China, going 4-for-9 with nine points and eight rebounds off the bench. The senior put up a similar stat line against San Diego, going 4-for-7 overall and 3-for-5 on 3-pointers before finishing with 11 points and five rebounds.

Perhaps most importantly, it was a Siewert 3-pointer that spurred the Buffs to an 18-0 game-breaking run in the second half. Through two games Siewert is shooting 8-for-16 overall and 4-for-7 on 3-pointers.

Kountz struggling

Sophomore Daylen Kountz started again at the two-guard spot, but once again the Denver native struggled to make a contribution. Kountz went scoreless with an 0-for-5 mark from the field, two rebounds, one assist, and two turnovers in 16 minutes.

Through two games, Kountz is shooting just 1-for-12 with one assist and four turnovers. As a freshman Kountz recorded more assists (46) than turnovers (41).

“He’s got to get himself out of it,” CU head coach Tad Boyle said. “My thing with Daylen is, and I’m going to talk with him tomorrow, but it’s just what I just talked about. It’s defend and rebound. Take care of the ball, and take great shots. If you do those things, Daylen, you’re going to be fine. When you try to do too much and you try to force the issue, good things don’t happen. Just play the game the way you’re capable of playing the game. That’s the mental part that players have to get through, and he’s going to have to get through it. But I’ve got confidence in Daylen. Daylen is a good player, I know that.”

Notable

Saturday’s attendance of 7,713 was more than 2,000 better than the attendance of last year’s home opener (5,695)…CU improved to 93-24 all-time in home openers with a perfect 10-0 mark under Boyle…Tyler Bey went 2-for-3 on 3-pointers, the first time in his career he has hit two in a game…CU redshirt freshman Jakub Dombek made his first career appearance when he entered the game in the final minute…San Diego freshman guard Marion Humphrey, who scored four points, is the son of former Denver Broncos running back Bobby Humphrey.