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Collier scores 16 to help Colorado beat New Mexico 75-57

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Dominique Collier picked up his offensive play at the right time for Colorado.

Collier scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and Colorado broke open a close game with a late run to beat New Mexico 75-57 on Wednesday night.

''Dom was really good in the second half,'' Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. ''He played within himself and didn't force the issue. He let the game come to him.''

McKinley Wright had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Colorado (7-1), which rebounded from a 72-63 setback at Colorado State last Saturday, its first loss of the season. George King added 10 points and 11 rebounds for his ninth career double-double.

''It was a good bounce-back win,'' Boyle added. ''We just have to keep learning. ... Our second-half defense was great, and we did enough at the end.''

Anthony Mathis had 15 points for New Mexico (3-6), the lone Lobos player to score in double figures.

Jachai Simmons' driving dunk pulled the Lobos to within a point but the Buffaloes put together a 12-3 run over the next three-plus minutes, going in front 61-51 on Wright's driving layup with 7:39 remaining. Lazar Nikolic, making his first career start, and D'Shawn Schwartz each hit 3-pointers to help fuel the surge.

Mathis' layup on a goal-tending call only momentarily stalled Colorado's momentum. Collier answered with a layup and hit one of two free throws to give the Buffaloes an 11-point cushion with 3:17 left to play and New Mexico got no closer.

New Mexico coach Paul Weir said Colorado's defensive play had a lot to do with the Lobos shooting difficulties.

''We got a lot of really good looks around the rim,'' Weir said. ''They just did a really good job of protecting the glass. When you get 20 more shots than an opponent, you usually feel pretty good about what you did, but we just weren't able to convert a lot of shots around the rim.''

Schwartz hit a driving layup in the final moments of the first half, giving Colorado a 35-33 lead.

Seconds earlier, Troy Simons connected on a tying 3-pointer for New Mexico, which had trailed by as many as 11 points in the opening period.

THE TAKEAWAY

New Mexico: Typically a high-scoring team, New Mexico's offense was nowhere to be found against the Buffaloes. The Lobos, who averaged 86 points coming into the game and have hit the 100-point mark twice this season, shot just 29.6 percent from the field and their scoring total was just one point over their season low.

Colorado: The Buffaloes' defensive pressure kept a lid on the Lobos' offense and helped compensate for some sloppy play on the offensive end that saw them commit 23 turnovers. Colorado overwhelmed the Lobos on the boards, out-rebounding New Mexico 58-30.

THE FUTURE IS NOW

With the loss of senior forward Tory Miller-Stewart to a broken left foot - he is out indefinitely - Colorado is leaning more than ever on its highly-regarded freshman class. The Buffaloes started three freshmen against New Mexico and two more played significant minutes as part of a 10-man rotation. Boyle expressed confidence his young players are up to the challenge. ''This freshman class is something I'm excited about,'' he said.

UP NEXT

New Mexico: Hosts rival New Mexico State on Saturday night.

Colorado: Takes to the road to play at Xavier on Saturday

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Key Players
C. McNeal
M. Wright IV
31.6 Min. Per Game 31.6
16.1 Pts. Per Game 16.1
4.1 Ast. Per Game 4.1
4.9 Reb. Per Game 4.9
42.6 Field Goal % 52.7
39.7 Three Point % 41.7
76.5 Free Throw % 73.1
+ 3 Dominique Collier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by McKinley Wright IV 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Lazar Nikolic 29.0
  Jachai Simmons missed 3-pt. jump shot 31.0
+ 2 Namon Wright made layup 40.0
+ 1 Anthony Mathis made 2nd of 2 free throws 46.0
+ 1 Anthony Mathis made 1st of 2 free throws 46.0
  Personal foul on George King 46.0
  Defensive rebound by Jachai Simmons 54.0
  Lazar Nikolic missed layup 56.0
  Defensive rebound by George King 1:07
  Anthony Mathis missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:09
Team Stats
Points 57 75
Field Goals 21-71 (29.6%) 26-52 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 9-31 (29.0%) 9-15 (60.0%)
Free Throws 6-16 (37.5%) 14-22 (63.6%)
Total Rebounds 30 58
Offensive 8 9
Defensive 19 46
Team 3 3
Assists 10 14
Steals 10 3
Blocks 2 5
Turnovers 7 23
Fouls 21 21
Technicals 0 0
15 PTS, 2 REB
16 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo New Mexico 3-6 332457
home team logo Colorado 7-1 354075
Team Stats
away team logo New Mexico 3-6 82.2 PPG 34.7 RPG 15.9 APG
home team logo Colorado 7-1 72.1 PPG 40.6 RPG 12.8 APG
Key Players
32
A. Mathis G 12.7 PPG 2.1 RPG 1.0 APG 49.4 FG%
15
D. Collier G 7.5 PPG 1.5 RPG 1.4 APG 38.6 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Mathis G 15 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
D. Collier G 16 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
29.6 FG% 50.0
29.0 3PT FG% 60.0
37.5 FT% 63.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Jackson 23 6 1 1 2 0 1 3 2/8 2/7 0/0 0 1
J. Furstinger 32 6 7 0 1 0 0 4 2/7 0/1 2/5 1 6
C. McNeal 25 4 2 3 0 0 2 1 1/6 0/3 2/3 0 2
T. Simons 23 3 1 2 3 0 0 1 1/14 1/9 0/2 0 1
S. Logwood 18 2 3 1 0 0 1 3 1/7 0/0 0/2 0 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Jackson 23 6 1 1 2 0 1 3 2/8 2/7 0/0 0 1
J. Furstinger 32 6 7 0 1 0 0 4 2/7 0/1 2/5 1 6
C. McNeal 25 4 2 3 0 0 2 1 1/6 0/3 2/3 0 2
T. Simons 23 3 1 2 3 0 0 1 1/14 1/9 0/2 0 1
S. Logwood 18 2 3 1 0 0 1 3 1/7 0/0 0/2 0 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Mathis 21 15 2 0 1 0 2 0 5/9 3/6 2/3 1 1
J. Simmons 12 7 3 0 1 0 0 1 3/7 1/3 0/0 2 1
D. Kuiper 13 6 3 1 1 1 0 5 2/3 2/2 0/0 1 2
M. Maluach 19 6 5 2 1 1 1 2 3/8 0/0 0/1 3 2
V. Pinchuk 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0
C. MacDougall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Vail - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mondragon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 57 27 10 10 2 7 21 21/71 9/31 6/16 8 19
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Wright IV 35 12 10 4 0 1 5 0 5/10 0/1 2/2 3 7
G. King 21 10 11 1 0 1 4 5 3/6 1/2 3/3 2 9
D. Brown 23 9 0 3 0 1 5 1 3/4 2/2 1/2 0 0
L. Nikolic 27 7 8 2 0 0 2 2 3/5 1/2 0/2 1 7
D. Walton 15 2 8 2 1 1 2 5 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Wright IV 35 12 10 4 0 1 5 0 5/10 0/1 2/2 3 7
G. King 21 10 11 1 0 1 4 5 3/6 1/2 3/3 2 9
D. Brown 23 9 0 3 0 1 5 1 3/4 2/2 1/2 0 0
L. Nikolic 27 7 8 2 0 0 2 2 3/5 1/2 0/2 1 7
D. Walton 15 2 8 2 1 1 2 5 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Collier 18 16 2 2 0 0 0 3 4/8 2/3 6/8 0 2
N. Wright 17 9 5 0 0 0 3 0 4/7 1/1 0/1 0 5
D. Schwartz 15 6 6 0 1 0 0 1 2/5 1/2 1/2 0 6
L. Siewert 16 3 3 0 1 1 1 4 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 3
T. Bey 13 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0/2 0/0 1/2 1 1
T. Miller-Stewart - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Repine - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Strating - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Battey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Martinka - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 75 55 14 3 5 23 21 26/52 9/15 14/22 9 46