Ghastly free throw shooting was not enough to deny Colorado a signature win in the non-conference. Neither was Baylor’s perfectly executed recreation of Hill-to-Laettner in a last-ditch attempt to even up the score.
The Buffaloes hit just 4 of their 18 free throws—five of six in the game’s final minute to keep the door open for the Bears—but Isaiah Austin’s last-second, turnaround heave off a full-court catch-and-shoot veered wide.
Maybe it didn’t carry quite the same significance this time, but Colorado got a little feel-good revenge off its chest. The Buffalos knocked off the Bears, 60-58, in the semifinals of the Charleston Classic on Friday, avenging a 17-point loss to Baylor in the third round of last year’s NCAA tournament
Askia Booker led the way with 19 points on 8 of 18 shooting from the floor, while Spencer Dinwiddie finished with 11. But it was Dinwiddie’s efforts on the defensive end which really tipped the scales in Colorado’s favor.
The sophomore guard held Pierre Jackson, the Big 12 preseason player of the year, to 12 points (3-12 FG) and just one assist on the afternoon. Jackson had averaged 23.3 points and 8.7 assists per game entering the contest, and tallied 31 points the night before in a win over Boston College in the quarterfinals. Dinwiddie, with concerted help from the rest of the Colorado defense in blanketing Jackson, kept the dynamic Baylor point guard in check.
Andre Roberson was his usual dominant self on the boards, outmuscling ballyhooed Bears freshman Isaiah Austin inside. Roberson finished with 12 rebounds, and got his hands on virtually every missed shot, while limiting Austin to 3 of 12 shooting from the field.
Baylor’s Cory Jefferson continued his upsurge after a quiet performance against Boston College on Thursday. Jefferson finished with 17 points on perfect shooting (7 of 7) from the floor along with nine rebounds. On the early season, Jefferson is shooting a blistering 70-percent, averaging a tick better than 14 points and eight boards.
Colorado will take on the winner of St. John’s and Murray State in the championship game of the Charleston Classic on Sunday night. Baylor will face the loser in the consolation game.