LAS VEGAS — Adding Jeriah Horne as the first graduate transfer in program history was a move initiated to find a smooth replacement for Lucas Siewert, a solid off-the-bench frontcourt player for the Colorado Buffaloes last season.
Horne, though, is proving to be far more than a stop-gap replacement.
CU’s senior forward enjoyed another stellar outing off the bench on Sunday night as the Buffs routed Washington 92-69 at T-Mobile Arena. Horne teamed with Dallas Walton to give the Buffs a devastating one-two punch at the high post in the middle of the Huskies’ zone.
“The one thing about Jeriah, he’s very comfortable on the floor,” CU head coach Tad Boyle said. “He’s very coachable and he wants to learn. But he’s also one of those guys that doesn’t overthink the game. He plays with great instincts, especially offensively. We have to keep challenging him on the defensive end. Him and Keeshawn (Barthelemy), I think, we need to challenge those guys to guard at the level those other guys are guarding at.
“If he does that, our team is going to be really, really good. Because he can make shots and he’s a very crafty player. And Jeriah knows how to get his shots.”
Horne finished 6-for-12 from the field and 4-for-4 at the free throw line, finishing with 16 points and six rebounds. It was Horne’s third double-digit scoring effort of the season.
“He made some big plays out of the high post in the first half,” Boyle said. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in Jeriah. He’s a big part of this team.”
Leading into the game, Boyle said he wanted to see his team get better production on the offensive glass. The Buffs were able to do just that amid the soft spots in Washington’s zone defense, grabbing 12 offensive rebounds that led to a 15-8 edge in second-chance points.
Given the Buffs shot 60 percent in the first half, there was not a wealth of offensive rebounds to go after. Yet nine minutes into the game, CU sported a 9-for-13 mark from the floor. And on four of those misses, the Buffs grabbed offensive rebounds that led to points.
“We had a couple fouls going for offensive rebounds, but I consider those good fouls,” Boyle said. “Now, there’s a couple of them where we need to try to get even with the defensive guy trying to box us out. We’re sometimes trying to jump over their back, or push them in the back. So there’s still a lot of room for improvement. But any time you have 12 offensive rebounds, you’ll take that every night.”
Led by Dallas Walton’s 10-for-10 effort, CU was 26-for-28 at the free throw line…Maddox Daniels enjoyed his finest all-around game with the Buffs, setting career-highs in rebounds (seven) and assists (four) while matching career-highs in points (10) and made 3-pointers (three)…Although he did not play, freshman Tristan da Silva rejoined the Buffs after missing the previous game against Omaha due to a migraine…The Buffs have topped 90 points in consecutive games for the first time since scoring 93 against Air Force and Portland in November of 2018…On the rare night when CU didn’t need scoring from point guard McKinley Wright IV, his six points still was enough to tie Xavier Johnson for 11th on the Buffs’ all-time scoring list (1,463).