The Buffaloes drop to 10-4 overall and 0-2 in Pac-12 play after suffering a heartbreaking loss at No. 3 Arizona on Thursday. The four losses the Buffaloes have suffered have come at the hands of teams (Wyoming, Kansas, Arizona, and ASU) with a combined record of 52-3.
Colorado controlled the pace early using an 11-0 run to gain a 13-2 lead early in the first half. The Buffaloes led by as many as 13 points during the half, yet Colorado only held a 33-30 lead at the intermission.
"This is a frustrating loss," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "We came out of the blocks feeling good about ourselves, but we need to handle adversity better and that is where we are not good enough yet."
Arizona State junior Jordan Bachynski was the biggest frustration for the Buffaloes as the 7-foot-2 center scored 16 points and blocked nine shots. Carrick Felix also contributed 20 points and eight rebounds for the Sun Devils.
Felix gave ASU their first lead of the game after a layup making the score 41-39 with 12:40 remaining in the game.
Dinwiddie responded for the Buffs with a made basket to tie the score at 41; however, that would be the closest CU would get as ASU took the lead for good after a Chris Colvin three-pointer.
Trailing 44-43, CU would be held scoreless for 7:12 (going 0-of-13 from the field) as ASU went on an 11-0 run to gain a 55-43 advantage. The Buffaloes would try to get back in the game with a 10-3 run of their own to pull within 58-53 with 1:11 left, but it would not be enough as the Sun Devils improved to 2-0 in Pac-12 play.
Only three Buffaloes scored in double-digits as Askia Booker and Josh Scott scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, to combine with Dinwiddie's 19.
Over the course of the 40 minute game, Colorado was in a scoring drought for a combined 18 minutes. At one point, the Buffs missed 13 straight 3-pointer attempts in between made attempts by Dinwiddie and Booker.
"I thought our frustrations on offense bled over into the defensive end," Boyle said. "That is what we can't have happen, that is what young teams do and veteran teams don't do."
Andre Roberson did however put forth another impressive defensive effort finishing the game with 13 rebounds. Roberson moves into fourth place all-time in rebounds at Colorado with 867 passing Jim Davis who had 854 in his three-year career from 1961-64.
Colorado returns home to resume Pac-12 action on Thursday, January 10 to take on the USC Trojans at the Coors Events Center, 8 p.m. (MST), and then face the UCLA Bruins on Saturday, January 12 at noon (MST).