They are the sorts of mistakes the Colorado Buffaloes won’t get away with for long.
After Wednesday’s 76-64 win at home against Loyola Marymount in which the Buffs committed 18 turnovers, CU has now committed a whopping 37 turnovers in the past two games. CU could get away with it on Saturday against Sacramento State by turning up the defensive clamps. The Buffs got away with 18 turnovers against Loyola Marymount by forcing 20 Lions turnovers and getting a big 3-pointer late from D’Shawn Schwartz that sparked a 15-1 game-clinching run.
But the 20th-ranked Buffs won’t get away with that sort of sloppiness against the better teams in the Pac-12 Conference. And they certainly won’t get away with that sort of performance Saturday at No. 2 Kansas in a long-awaited renewal of the Buffs’ rivalry with their former Big 12 Conference foe.
“One of the things I talked to our team about is I don’t want anybody feeling sorry for themselves,” CU coach Tad Boyle said. “Right now we’ve got a 10-man rotation, so guys aren’t playing as much as they want. Had a quick hook tonight on some guys as a result of no box outs, and as a result of turning the dang thing over. Just silly turnovers. We’ve got to get rid of those.”
It has been a frustrating start to the season offensively for CU sophomore guard Daylen Kountz, who entered Wednesday’s game shooting just .185 (5-for-27) with twice as many turnovers (8) as assists (4). But the Denver East alum finally got going against Loyola Marymount, coming off the bench to go 4-for-6 from the field and 3-for-3 at the free throw line while finishing with a season-high 11 points.
“Bringing him off the bench gives him a little less pressure,” Boyle said. “I don’t want to play McKinley (Wright) 38 minutes. I want to play him 32. But tonight I just felt like we need that guy on the floor when the game is tight. Eli (Parquet) gives us an extra defender but Daylen is really good in transition and at the end of the shot clock. He made some really good plays at the rim, got to the foul line. We pitched ahead to him in the first half and in the open floor, Daylen is really good.”
Loyola Marymount junior Eli Scott went 12-for-20 with 31 points and 10 rebounds. He was the first CU opponent to post at least 30 points alongside double-digit rebounds since South Dakota State’s Mike Daum posted 37 points with 12 rebounds in a double-overtime CU win at home on Dec. 15, 2017…Tyler Bey became the 22nd player to reach the 600-rebound mark in his career. His nine rebounds pushed his career total to 604…Schwartz’s 4-for-7 mark on 3-pointers improved his season 3-point percentage to .519 (14-for-27)…The Buffs are 7-0 for the seventh time in program history.