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January 6, 2013
Buffaloes fall at ASU, 65-56
TEMPE, Ariz. - Carrick Felix scored 20 points, Jordan Bachynski had 16 points and nine blocked shots, and Arizona State pulled away from cold-shooting Colorado down the stretch to beat the Buffaloes 65-56 on Sunday night.
Jonathan Gilling added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Sun Devils (13-2, 2-0 Pac-12), who started their conference season 2-0 for the first time in five years.
"Our defense isn't good enough right now," Buffs head coach Tad Boyle said. "The bottom line is you have to win games by getting stops, and we just fouled too much."
Spencer Dinwiddie led the Buffaloes with 19 points. Askia Booker added 13.
Colorado (10-4, 0-2) led 20-7 early and 33-30 at the half but fell apart over an eight-minute second-half stretch three nights after they appeared to have beaten No. 3 Arizona on Sabatino Chen's 3-point bank shot at the buzzer, only to have officials wave off the basket after a video review. The call has been second-guessed across the country.
"It was very disappointing," Colorado junior Andre Roberson said. "We planned to be 2-0 right now, and certainly that's not the case." Arizona State won despite a low-scoring game from freshman Jahii Carson, the team's leading scorer of the season at 17.5 points per game. Carson was 1 of 4 shooting and scored five points all in the last 5 1/2 minutes.
Colorado shot 35 percent, just 26 percent (10 for 38) in the second half.
The Buffaloes led 17-4, then were outscored 61-39 after that.
Arizona State took the lead for good 44-41 on Chris Colvin's 3-pointer with 10:23 to play. The shot ignited a 14-2 run that made it 55-43 when Felix made one of two free throws with 3:30 to play.
Xavier Johnson's rebound basket cut the lead to 58-53 with 1:14 to play, but Bachynski's two free throws with 52.1 seconds remaining ended any doubt of the outcome.
Colorado, which took a 30-13 lead at Arizona, shot out to its 17-4 lead as Arizona State made just 2 of its first 13 field goal tries. But the Sun Devils went 9 of 11 the rest of the half and were down 33-30 at the half.
Arizona State's seldom-used Bo Barnes made a 3-pointer, his first points of the season, but Dinwiddie followed with a three-point play and Colorado led 20-7 with 9:02 left in the half.
Gilling was fouled on a 3-pointer and made all three from the line to begin the Sun Devils' methodical climb back into the game.
Felix scored eight straight Arizona State points in one stretch, his 3-pointer cutting the lead to 29-24.
Josh Scott sank a 17-footer to put the Buffaloes up 31-24 2:56 from the break, then Arizona State reeled off six in a row. Bachynski blocked two shots, then scrambled, threw his 7-foot-2 frame onto the court to force a jump ball and dunked at the other end on Chris Colvin's fourth assist of the half to cut the lead to 31-30 before Dinwiddie's driving layup made it a three-point Colorado lead at the half.
"It's a pride factor. Our team, as of right now, doesn't buy in to defense," said Dinwiddie. "Our principles are defensive rebounding and we go through spells and droughts were we stop playing with our principles and you just can't do that. That's why you let a team back in to this. There was no excuse for that. I'm very disappointed because we feel like we definitely came out on this trip and played well enough in the first game and this game we gave it away."
Officials: Mike Scyphers, Kurt Walker, Daryl Gelinas