For at least a few minutes, the Colorado men’s basketball met a little more resistance than it did on the opening night of its visit to Costa Rica.
In the end, however, it was another easy win for the Buffaloes.
With head coach Tad Boyle opting to lean even more heavily on his team’s youngsters, the Buffs hit the halfway mark of their four-game trip to Costa Rica with a 104-46 win against Colegio de Abogados on Saturday night.
Boyle opted to sit seniors Evan Battey and Eli Parquet. Both players were dressed and available, as CU went with a starting lineup of Keeshawn Barthelemy, KJ Simpson, Tristan da Silva, Luke O’Brien, and Jabari Walker.
The Buffs led just 14-11 late in the first quarter before scoring the final six points of the period. CU then outscored CDA 20-6 in the second quarter to take a commanding 40-17 lead at halftime.
Six players scored in double figures for the Buffs, led by a 19-point night from freshman guard Julian Hammond. Barthelemy scored 17 points and O’Brien tallied 16, while Walker and freshman center Lawson Lovering added 14 points apiece. O’Brien and da Silva shared the team lead with five assists. Simpson recorded 13 points and finished with six steals.
CU shot .594 overall (41-for-69) as Hammond, Barthelemy, and Walker combined to go 8-for-14 on 3-pointers. Sophomore Nique Clifford, who came off the bench after starting the opening game on Friday, struggled from the floor (2-for-7) but led the Buffs in rebounding for the second straight night with eight.
CU posted a 36-20 edge on the glass and held CDA to a .395 mark from the floor. The Buffs play their third game in Costa Rica on Sunday night at 6 p.m. MT.
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