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White leads Colorado to 68-66 win over No. 13 Xavier

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Colorado coach Tad Boyle made an innocent comment after a sluggish performance at the start the season: Play like that again and Xavier would beat the Buffaloes by 20.

His players received the message. They made sure it didn't go down like that.

Derrick White scored 23 points and had a crucial block with 13 seconds remaining to help Colorado hold off No. 13 Xavier 68-66 on Wednesday night.

''It's not like I said they were going to, I said they could,'' Boyle said when reminded of his comment. ''If we're not ready to play, this team will come in and take your heart.

''I have a lot of respect for Xavier. That's why this is a big win for our program, for our league. We talked a lot in film sessions, in practice, in meetings about players having to make plays.''

White certainly did that. This was just the sort of game Boyle envisioned when White transferred in from Colorado-Colorado Springs (he sat out last season). He made big jumper after big jumper down the stretch and had the key block.

''That's the Derrick White I've been talking about, our fans have been expecting to see,'' Boyle said. ''You can have all the plays in the world, all the defensive concepts in the world, but if you don't have the players who can make plays down the stretch, you're not going to win games like this.''

Xavier Johnson added for 18 points for the Buffaloes (7-2), who posted consecutive wins over ranked teams for the first time since 2013. They knocked off a ranked Texas team at the Legends Classic in New York last month.

Colorado was 1-5 against ranked teams last season.

Trevon Bluiett scored a career-high 27 points for Xavier (7-2), which has lost two straight.

''We're not going to pack our tent and quit playing, but we've gotten a reality check the last couple of times,'' Xavier coach Chris Mack said. ''We're willing to go on the road and play in games like this. You get penalized too, so our team has got to grow up from these types of experiences because they're not fun.''

Spurred on by the shooting of White and Johnson, the Buffaloes went on a 15-0 run midway through the second half. They kept Xavier scoreless for more than 6 minutes during the pivotal stretch.

It was a frenzied ending, though, with Xavier getting several good looks. White swatted one of those away - his only block of the game.

''It was all about stops,'' White said. ''That's the most important part.''

BIG PICTURE

Xavier: The Musketeers had a nine-point lead early in the second half, but struggled from the field. They shot 37.7 percent for the game. ... Xavier outrebounded Colorado 41-36.

Colorado: The Buffaloes have won three of their last four over ranked teams. ... Johnson's 3-pointer with 9:19 remaining was the 100th of his career. ... George King finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Xavier fell out of the Top 10 this week after a loss to No. 4 Baylor and figures to take another dip.

LINEUP SWITCH

Mack juggled around his starting lineup, going with RaShid Gaston, who finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

''I just tried to deliver,'' Gaston said.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

The Buffaloes are 93-16 at Coors Events Center under Boyle. They lost last week at home to Colorado State.

''We wanted to get this one back from the Colorado State loss. So, yeah, this made it up,'' Wesley Gordon said.

SALAAM TRIBUTE

The basketball team held a moment of silence for 1994 Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam, who was found dead Monday night in a park in Boulder. The park is less than 2 miles from Folsom Field, where the tailback etched his name into the school's record book from 1992-94. Police said foul play wasn't suspected.

UP NEXT

Xavier: Hosts Utah on Saturday.

Colorado: Travels to BYU on Saturday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Trevon Bluiett made tip-in 0.0
  Offensive rebound by Malcolm Bernard 0.0
  Kaiser Gates missed layup 0.0
  Offensive rebound by Kaiser Gates 1.0
  J.P. Macura missed 3-pt. jump shot 3.0
  Defensive rebound by J.P. Macura 5.0
  George King missed 2nd of 2 free throws 5.0
  30-second timeout called 5.0
+ 1 George King made 1st of 2 free throws 5.0
  Personal foul on Kaiser Gates 5.0
  Defensive rebound by George King 5.0
Team Stats
Points 66 68
Field Goals 23-61 (37.7%) 25-56 (44.6%)
3-Pointers 7-27 (25.9%) 9-20 (45.0%)
Free Throws 13-21 (61.9%) 9-14 (64.3%)
Total Rebounds 41 36
Offensive 8 5
Defensive 28 27
Team 5 4
Assists 13 15
Steals 8 1
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 9 13
Fouls 18 17
Technicals 0 0
27 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST
23 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo 13 Xavier 7-2 313566
home team logo Colorado 7-2 284068
Team Stats
away team logo 13 Xavier 7-2 72.2 PPG 39.2 RPG 14.8 APG
home team logo Colorado 7-2 73.6 PPG 41 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
00
T. Bluiett G PPG RPG APG FG%
00
D. White G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Bluiett G 27 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
D. White G 23 PTS 6 REB 4 AST
37.7 FG% 44.6
25.9 3PT FG% 45.0
61.9 FT% 64.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Bluiett 27 3 3 8/18 6/13 5/6 0 35 2 0 1 0 3
R. Gaston 14 11 0 7/8 0/0 0/3 2 25 0 2 0 3 8
E. Sumner 10 2 5 3/11 1/4 3/4 3 36 0 1 1 0 2
J. Macura 8 5 4 3/9 0/5 2/2 3 34 3 0 1 0 5
M. Bernard 1 6 0 0/3 0/1 1/2 3 27 1 0 2 3 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Bluiett 27 3 3 8/18 6/13 5/6 0 35 2 0 1 0 3
R. Gaston 14 11 0 7/8 0/0 0/3 2 25 0 2 0 3 8
E. Sumner 10 2 5 3/11 1/4 3/4 3 36 0 1 1 0 2
J. Macura 8 5 4 3/9 0/5 2/2 3 34 3 0 1 0 5
M. Bernard 1 6 0 0/3 0/1 1/2 3 27 1 0 2 3 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. O'Mara 6 2 0 2/4 0/0 2/2 2 7 0 0 1 1 1
K. Gates 0 5 0 0/5 0/4 0/0 1 16 1 0 0 1 4
Q. Goodin 0 2 1 0/3 0/0 0/0 2 14 1 1 2 0 2
T. Jones 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/2 2 6 0 0 1 0 0
T. Stainbrook - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Bergen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Barr - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Peterson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Schrand - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 66 36 13 23/61 7/27 13/21 18 200 8 4 9 8 28
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. White 23 6 4 9/17 3/6 2/3 2 35 1 1 3 1 5
X. Johnson 18 7 0 7/11 3/4 1/2 4 27 0 0 4 1 6
G. King 16 10 1 5/8 3/4 3/4 2 33 0 0 1 2 8
W. Gordon 5 4 5 2/5 0/0 1/2 5 26 0 1 1 1 3
J. Fortune 2 3 1 0/5 0/1 2/2 1 27 0 0 1 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. White 23 6 4 9/17 3/6 2/3 2 35 1 1 3 1 5
X. Johnson 18 7 0 7/11 3/4 1/2 4 27 0 0 4 1 6
G. King 16 10 1 5/8 3/4 3/4 2 33 0 0 1 2 8
W. Gordon 5 4 5 2/5 0/0 1/2 5 26 0 1 1 1 3
J. Fortune 2 3 1 0/5 0/1 2/2 1 27 0 0 1 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Peters 4 1 0 2/3 0/1 0/1 1 17 0 1 0 0 1
T. Akyazili 0 0 2 0/3 0/1 0/0 2 14 0 1 2 0 0
D. Brown 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 8 0 1 0 0 0
L. Siewert 0 1 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 13 0 0 1 0 1
D. Collier - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Repine - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Lombard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Walton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Strating - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 68 32 15 25/56 9/20 9/14 17 200 1 5 13 5 27