It wasn’t pretty, but conference road wins never are.
For Colorado, a team that dropped their last game against an emotionally driven Utah squad, the Oregon game on Thursday was practically a must win. All game long it looked like they were going to come up short as they were constantly getting beat to loose balls and were missing easy shots. However, they kept the game within distance and, after not leading all game, they were able to pull off the last second 48-47 upset win.
Andre Roberson gave the Buffs their first lead of the game with 29 seconds left on a second chance layup to help Colorado improve to 5-5 in the Pac 12 and 15-7 overall. Roberson finished the game with another double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead Colorado.
Tad Boyle’s mantra, rebounding and defense, was the name of the game for Colorado once again. The Buffs held Oregon to just 47 points, 27 points below their season average. Of course the Ducks have not been the same without PG Dominic Artis who is still dealing with a foot injury. Oregon has now lost their third straight game but this loss came at home, a place where the Ducks have not lost in their last 20 games.
Colorado point guard Spencer Dinwiddie is continuing to make a name for himself as a lock down defender and he proved his mettle once again down the stretch in Eugene. Oregon went the final 4:29 of the game scoreless and a lot of the credit has to go to Dinwiddie and his pressure defense on E.J. Singler. Time after time he was forcing tough shots with a hand right in Singler’s face as he was releasing the ball.
Will this win spark a Colorado winning streak? It certainly has the potential to. They travel to Oregon State on Sunday, which is seemingly an easy win, then they come home for a weekend set against the Arizona teams. Colorado plays so much better at home than they do on the road so if they can pull out a win over OSU it sets up an interesting Valentine’s Day weekend.
When Colorado plays together and plays 40 minutes of focused defense they are really tough to beat and they proved that tonight.
David LaRose is a College Basketball writers for Rant Sports covering the Pac 12 and the University of Colorado. He’s also a member of the USBWA. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.