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Bey helps rally Colorado past New Mexico 78-75

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Colorado's Tyler Bey had his second straight double-double to help the Buffaloes to a 78-75 comeback win over New Mexico on Tuesday for their sixth straight win.

Anthony Mathis scored 23 to lead the Lobos, but he fouled out with 5.8 seconds left to deprive New Mexico of its best 3-point shooter.

Bey finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds and Lucas Siewert had 12 points, including the final two points from the line.

New Mexico (4-4) used a 22-5 run midway through the first half to go up 32-15 before the Buffaloes (8-1) responded with a 14-0 run to close within 32-29.

But back-to-back 3-pointers from Mathis, including a rim-rattler that dropped, sparked an 11-0 Lobos run. Colorado, however, scored the final five points of the half to trail 43-34.

That was a spark for the Buffaloes, who survived a poor shooting night.

''We gutted out a win when we didn't play our best offensively,'' Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. ''We didn't shoot the ball well from 3. Missed a lot of shots in the lane. We didn't shoot the ball well from the free-throw line. And we found a way to win. And this was the best game New Mexico has played all year long.''

The Buffaloes chipped away at the lead throughout the second half, moving in front when McKinley Wright IV capped a 7-0 run on a drive to put Colorado up 66-64 at the 4:35 mark of the second half. It was the Buffaloes' first lead since four minutes into the game.

Vance Jackson's attempt at a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer was well off the mark.

The Buffaloes tightened things up as far as turnovers, committing just one in the second half after turning it over 12 times in the first.

''It's just a matter of being strong with the ball and not getting sped up and not letting them dictate what you do,'' Boyle said. ''You dictate offensively what you do by the way you handle the ball and what you do. So, we did a better job of that in the second half.''

New Mexico's inability to force the pace was a game-changer, Lobos coach Paul Weir said.

''The defense really let us down in the second half,'' he said. ''We got out to a lead, which is a little unusual for us and I don't know if we didn't know how to handle that or we just took our foot off the gas.''

Colorado's third-largest road comeback victory will help the Buffaloes in the future.

''We've played in tough places but not gutted out a win,'' Boyle said. ''That's the difference and that's something we can use as a stepping stone as we go forward on the season. Certainly, we get into league play, it will give us some confidence.''

BITTERSWEET PIT

This was Colorado's first appearance in the Pit since the 2012 NCAA Tournament when the Buffaloes beat UNLV 68-64 in the first round. That was their last tournament win.

BIG PICTURE

New Mexico: After losing consecutive games away from home by a combined 60 points, the Lobos, despite the loss needed a strong showing to regain some confidence.

Colorado: This was the Buffaloes' third game against a Mountain West opponent this season. The Buffaloes could meet the MWC's UNLV in the second game of a holiday tournament in Hawaii.

UP NEXT

New Mexico: This was the start of a four-game homestand for the Lobos, with Central Arkansas in on Dec. 16.

Colorado: This game marks the start of an extended period away from home for the Buffaloes. The Buffaloes play three games in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii just before Christmas starting with Indiana State on Dec. 22, then start Pac-12 play on the road at Arizona and Arizona State.

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Key Players
M. Wright IV
V. Jackson
27.0 Min. Per Game 27.0
15.0 Pts. Per Game 15.0
1.8 Ast. Per Game 1.8
7.8 Reb. Per Game 7.8
50.0 Field Goal % 43.8
23.8 Three Point % 41.7
80.0 Free Throw % 64.3
  Defensive rebound by Colorado 0.0
  Vance Jackson missed 3-pt. jump shot 2.0
+ 1 Lucas Siewert made 2nd of 2 free throws 6.0
+ 1 Lucas Siewert made 1st of 2 free throws 6.0
  Personal foul on Anthony Mathis 6.0
+ 3 Anthony Mathis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Drue Drinnon 8.0
+ 2 McKinley Wright IV made layup 17.0
+ 3 Vance Jackson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dane Kuiper 42.0
+ 1 Deleon Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 55.0
  Deleon Brown missed 1st of 2 free throws 55.0
  Personal foul on Vance Jackson 55.0
Team Stats
Points 78 75
Field Goals 26-62 (41.9%) 29-70 (41.4%)
3-Pointers 5-19 (26.3%) 10-25 (40.0%)
Free Throws 21-32 (65.6%) 7-14 (50.0%)
Total Rebounds 51 38
Offensive 12 7
Defensive 34 26
Team 5 5
Assists 10 14
Steals 5 7
Blocks 6 3
Turnovers 13 9
Fouls 18 25
Technicals 0 0
14 PTS, 7 REB
23 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Colorado 8-1 344478
home team logo New Mexico 4-4 433275
Team Stats
away team logo Colorado 8-1 73.6 PPG 41 RPG 13.3 APG
home team logo New Mexico 4-4 76.3 PPG 40.6 RPG 13.9 APG
Key Players
1
T. Bey G 13.6 PPG 9.9 RPG 0.6 APG 54.1 FG%
32
A. Mathis G 14.4 PPG 2.2 RPG 2.1 APG 41.1 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Bey G 14 PTS 11 REB 0 AST
A. Mathis G 23 PTS 1 REB 1 AST
41.9 FG% 41.4
26.3 3PT FG% 40.0
65.6 FT% 50.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Siewert 14 7 0 4/7 2/4 4/4 4 20 0 1 0 3 4
T. Bey 14 11 0 4/7 1/2 5/6 2 30 2 5 2 3 8
M. Wright IV 12 8 3 6/12 0/1 0/3 2 32 0 0 3 1 7
S. Gatling 5 2 1 2/5 0/2 1/2 2 12 0 0 3 0 2
D. Schwartz 3 6 1 0/7 0/3 3/4 1 28 0 0 0 2 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Siewert 14 7 0 4/7 2/4 4/4 4 20 0 1 0 3 4
T. Bey 14 11 0 4/7 1/2 5/6 2 30 2 5 2 3 8
M. Wright IV 12 8 3 6/12 0/1 0/3 2 32 0 0 3 1 7
S. Gatling 5 2 1 2/5 0/2 1/2 2 12 0 0 3 0 2
D. Schwartz 3 6 1 0/7 0/3 3/4 1 28 0 0 0 2 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Battey 10 9 0 4/6 1/1 1/2 0 20 0 0 1 3 6
N. Wright 8 2 2 2/4 0/2 4/5 1 15 1 0 0 0 2
D. Brown 8 0 1 2/8 1/4 3/6 2 26 1 0 1 0 0
A. Strating 2 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 3 9 0 0 2 0 0
D. Kountz 2 1 1 1/5 0/0 0/0 1 8 1 0 1 0 1
D. Walton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Martinka - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Ersek - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Dombek - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Parquet - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McQuade - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 78 46 10 26/62 5/19 21/32 18 200 5 6 13 12 34
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Mathis 23 1 1 7/11 7/10 2/3 5 34 2 0 1 0 1
D. Kuiper 11 2 2 4/8 0/2 3/3 3 27 1 0 1 0 2
V. Jackson 10 8 3 4/16 2/6 0/2 3 27 1 0 2 3 5
V. Pinchuk 4 5 1 2/6 0/0 0/2 2 18 1 0 1 2 3
D. Drinnon 2 1 6 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 26 2 0 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Mathis 23 1 1 7/11 7/10 2/3 5 34 2 0 1 0 1
D. Kuiper 11 2 2 4/8 0/2 3/3 3 27 1 0 1 0 2
V. Jackson 10 8 3 4/16 2/6 0/2 3 27 1 0 2 3 5
V. Pinchuk 4 5 1 2/6 0/0 0/2 2 18 1 0 1 2 3
D. Drinnon 2 1 6 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 26 2 0 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Manigault 8 5 0 3/10 0/0 2/4 1 13 0 0 1 0 5
K. Ezzeddine 6 7 0 3/4 0/0 0/0 2 21 0 1 0 1 6
K. McGee 6 1 1 3/6 0/2 0/0 2 15 0 1 0 1 0
M. Maluach 5 2 0 2/6 1/4 0/0 4 14 0 1 1 0 2
T. Percy 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 1
J. Lyle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Bragg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Arroyo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Patterson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 75 33 14 29/70 10/25 7/14 25 200 7 3 9 7 26