Boxscore
Colorado 68, UNLV 64
Thursday, March 15, 2012 9:55 PM
Location - The Pit Arena, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Officials - Brian O'Connell, Roger Ayers, Rick Randall
Attendance - 11839

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Colorado 36 32 68
UNLV 25 39 64

Recap


Colorado 68, UNLV 64: Askia Booker scored a game-high 16 points as Colorado avoided a near second-half collapse to hold off the Runnin’ Rebels in the round of 64 in Albuquerque.

Austin Dufault finished with 14 points and Andre Roberson added 12 points and 16 rebounds for the 11th-seeded Buffaloes (24-11), who blew a 20-point lead in the final 13 minutes before hanging on down the stretch.

Colorado will advance to play No. 3 Baylor on Saturday.

No. 6 seed UNLV (26-9) trailed 36-25 at the half and fell behind by as many as 20 with 13:08 left. The Rebels, who shot 32 percent — including a 9-of-36 effort from 3-point range — misfired on eight of their first nine second-half shots, and couldn’t establish a rhythm.

But then they applied full-court pressure defensively, and the Buffaloes, who played a near flawless game to that point, began making mistakes. Colorado committed 10 turnovers in the next eight minutes, and UNLV used a 22-3 run to pull within 57-55 with 4:24 left. 

A Roberson free throw extended the Colorado lead to 58-55, and Carlon Brown’s one-handed dunk extended the advantage to five moments later. UNLV got as close as 67-64 on Chace Stanbeck’s 3-pointer with eight seconds left, but Spencer Dinwiddie made 1 of 2 free throws to seal the victory.

Anthony Marshall finished with a team-high 15 points and Justin Hawkins added 11 for UNLV, which lost in the opening round of the NCAA tournament for the third straight time. Mike Moser and Oscar Bellfield each had 10.

Brown had 12 points and six rebounds for the Buffaloes, who have won five straight games, all in the postseason. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: UNLV was held to its third-lowest first-half point total of the season. … The Rebels fell to 33-18 all-time in the NCAA tournament. … Colorado had 23 turnovers, compared to UNLV’s eight. … The Buffaloes won their first tournament game since defeating Indiana 80-62 in 1997. … UNLV was held without a field goal for more than three minutes on two separate occasions, including a drought in the first half that lasted more than six minutes. … Colorado held a 43-30 advantage in rebounds. 

Colorado Buffaloes

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Carlon Brown 31:00 5-10 2-3 0-2 2 4 6 4 4 1 3 0 12
Spencer Dinwiddie 26:00 1-2 0-0 7-11 1 5 6 1 3 1 4 1 9
Austin Dufault 24:00 5-11 3-4 1-2 0 5 5 1 2 1 0 0 14
Andre Roberson 37:00 4-10 0-1 4-6 3 13 16 1 1 1 5 2 12
Nate Tomlinson 36:00 1-3 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 2 0 0 2 0 2
Jeremy Adams 9:00 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 1 2 0 2 0 1
Shane Harris-Tunks 11:00 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 4 0 3 0 2
Askia Booker 24:00 5-9 2-3 4-4 2 0 2 2 0 0 4 0 16
Sabatino Chen 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 22-48 7-12 17-27 9 34 43 12 18 4 23 3 68
  45.8% 58.3% 63.0% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 23

UNLV Runnin' Rebels

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Oscar Bellfield 31:00 4-12 2-6 0-0 0 5 5 8 2 0 0 0 10
Anthony Marshall 38:00 6-14 0-1 3-6 1 2 3 3 2 3 2 4 15
Brice Massamba 18:00 2-3 0-0 1-3 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 5
Mike Moser 35:00 4-15 2-7 0-0 3 6 9 1 5 6 3 3 10
Chace Stanback 29:00 3-12 2-8 0-0 1 3 4 1 4 1 2 0 8
Justin Hawkins 27:00 3-8 3-8 2-2 1 2 3 0 5 1 1 0 11
Carlos Lopez 10:00 1-1 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 3
Kendall Wallace 8:00 0-6 0-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Quintrell Thomas 3:00 0-0 0-0 2-4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
Reggie Smith 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 23-71 9-36 9-17 9 21 30 13 22 14 8 8 64
  32.4% 25.0% 52.9% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 8
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