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Postgame Notes: No. 6 UNLV vs. No. 11 Colorado

March 16, 2012

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Game No. 4 - (6) UNLV vs. (11) Colorado
Thursday, March 15, 2012 • "The Pit" • Albuquerque, NM

Colorado player notes

  • Andre Roberson scored 12 points and had 16 rebounds, helping Colorado to a 46-33 advantage on the boards. He collected nine rebounds in the first half, almost reaching his season average of 11.2.
  • Austin Dufault scored 14 points. He hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions as part of a 13-2 run that put the Buffaloes up 46-27 with 16:16 remaining. His jumper just before the halftime horn gave Colorado a 36-25 lead at the break. He was 3-for-4 and matched a career high with three 3-pointers.
  • Carlon Brown, Most Outstanding Player of the Pac-12 tournament, scored 12 points. His fast-break dunk ended a UNLV run and put the Buffs up 60-55 with 2:33 to go.
  • Freshman guard Askia Booker scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half. He was just short of matching a career-high 17 points set against Oregon.

Colorado team notes

  • Colorado won despite committing 23 turnovers _ three more than the previous season high. Six came during a 4:04 span where UNLV erased a 57-41 lead with a 14-1 run.
  • The Buffaloes are 10-12 all-time in the NCAA tournament but this was the school's first trip since losing to Michigan State in the first round in 2003 and only the fourth appearance since 1969. They are 10-12 all-time in the NCAAs.
  • Until beating UNLV, Colorado's most recent NCAA tournament victory was an 80-62 win over Indiana in the opening round in 1997.
  • The Buffaloes struggled to put UNLV away, hitting 8-of-12 from the free throw line in the final two minutes. Spencer Dinwiddie made 5-of-8 during that stretch and Roberson was 3-for-4.
  • The Buffs limited the Rebels to 34.5 percent shooting, including a 7-for-28 effort from 3- point range. Opponents shot just 40 percent against Colorado this season.
  • Colorado led 36-25 at halftime and improved to 19-3 when ahead at the break.
  • Including Colorado last week in the Pac-12, only nine teams from the major conferences< have won four games to claim their conference tournament. The most recent was last season when Connecticut won the Big East tournament and won the NCAA title.

UNLV Player Notes

  • UNLV had four players in double figures including Anthony Marshall with a team-high 15, Justin Hawkins added 11, while Oscar Bellfield and Mike Moser each had 10
  • Moser, UNLV's leading scorer averaging 14.1 ppg, scored 10 points on 4-15 shooting from the floor and 0-0 from the charity stripe.
  • Chace Stanback, UNLV's third-leading scorer, finished with 8 points on 3-12 shooting from the floor, including 2-8 from the arc. It was the fifth straight game Stanback failed to score in double figures, his longest such streak of the season.
  • UNLV's top three free throw percentage shooters, including Stanback, Bellfield and Moser, didn't shoot a free throw all night.

UNLV Team Notes

  • UNLV was outscored 14-4 6:04 into the first half shooting 2-10 from the field and 0-4 from the arc. CU went on to take a 36-25 halftime lead.
  • UNLV closed the gap to 19-15 on a Chace Stanback trey with 5:44 left in the first half, but CU outscored UNLV 17-10 the rest of the half to take a 36-25 halftime lead.
  • UNLV shot a season-low 27.6% (8-29) and tied a season-low with 8 FGs in the first half.
  • UNLV shot 32.4% (23-71) from the field and 25% (9-36) from the arc, second-lowest totals of the season. The 71 FGAs were second-most during the season.
  • Trailing 49-29 with 15:04 left to play, UNLV went on a 26-8 run to cut the lead to 57-55with 4:20 to play, but got no closer.
  • UNLV shot only 52.9% (9-17) from the free throw line; UNLV shot 67.9% on the season.
  • UNLV's had an 18-9 advantage in points off turnovers.
  • UNLV had 8 blocks in tonight's game; season-high 9 (5xs, last vs. SDSU on 2.11.12)
  • UNLV lost to a Pac-12 team for the first time this season (2-1).
  • UNLV fell to 33-18 all-time in 19 NCAA Tournament appearances
  • UNLV's last win in its first game of the NCAA Tournament came in 2008 with a 71-58 win
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