Defense, late surge pushes No. 18 CU Buffs men’s basketball past Richmond

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Why the Buffs won: CU went 21-for-25 at the free throw line, including 14-for-15 in the second half, while holding Richmond to a 5-for-20 mark on 3-pointers.

Three stars:

CU’s KJ Simpson: The junior guard went 6-for-11 from the field and 9-for-10 at the free throw line, scoring 16 of his team-high 23 points after halftime.

Richmond’s Jordan King: King frustrated several different CU defenders and almost single-handedly kept the Spiders in the game with a game-high 23 points and seven rebounds.

CU’s Tristan da Silva: It wasn’t da Silva’s best shooting night (6-for-13) but he still recorded 15 points with a team-high eight rebounds.

Up next: CU will play for the Sunshine Slam championship against Florida State on Tuesday  afternoon (2 p.m. MT, CBS Sports Network).

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — At some point, the shots were bound to stop falling. Certainly at the torrid rate Colorado enjoyed while winning the first three games of the season.

That night arrived on Monday at the Sunshine Slam. Yet the CU men’s basketball team still found a way to get the job done.

The 18th-ranked Buffs held off Richmond in a scrappy battle at the Ocean Center, finally pulling away in the final minutes to earn a 64-59 victory.

The Buffs will face Florida State in the title game on Tuesday (2 p.m. MT, CBS Sports Network) in a rematch of the teams’ battle in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, won by the Seminoles. CU has put together its first 4-0 start since winning the first seven games of the 2019-20 season.

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