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Colorado holds off Wyoming in final minute for close victory
Nov 14, 2013 - The Associated Press
BOULDER, Colo. -- Miss after miss, Spencer Dinwiddie grew more and more frustrated by his usually trustworthy jumper.
So, the Colorado junior decided to ditch it and just drive, leading to fouls and plenty of trips to the free-throw line.
Dinwiddie went 10 of 13 from the line in the second half and finished with 15 points to help Colorado hold off Wyoming 63-58 on Wednesday night and halt a six-game skid against the Cowboys.
"I've said this many times about Spencer: he can affect a game in a lot of different ways. It doesn't have to be scoring, doesn't have to be shooting," Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. "When you find a way to win when you don't play your best and your best player is not playing his best, that's a good sign."
Askia Booker added 14 points and Josh Scott chipped in 12 along with nine rebounds as the Buffaloes (2-1) beat the Cowboys (1-1) for the first time since 1996.
Colorado was ranked last season heading into this game in Laramie, Wyo., only to lose and fall out of the top 25. The Buffaloes never made it back into the polls.
That's why this one meant a lot -- a little vindication.
"I know I said earlier they're not a rival, and I stand by that, but they are a big game," Dinwiddie said. "We're glad we won."
Even if it wasn't all that pretty in a game that featured a combined 48 fouls and 27 turnovers. The Buffaloes had just four assists, making this the first time they've won with that few since Dec. 19, 1977, at Jacksonville.
"If you were looking for the definition of the phrase 'winning ugly,' I think you saw it tonight," Boyle said. "Wasn't our best effort, but I was really proud of our guys for finding a way down the stretch."
Dinwiddie was a big reason, stealing a pass with 32 seconds remaining and hitting two free throws to seal the win.
Josh Adams had 15 points for the Cowboys and Larry Nance Jr. contributed 10 before fouling out.
"My mindset is we took no positives tonight," Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt said. "I don't know if we've found ourselves yet."
Dinwiddie is still searching for the elusive touch on his jumper. He led the team in scoring last season, but is now 6 of 24 from the field for the season.
"I'm really like, kind of frustrated right now," Dinwiddie said. "I feel like I'm letting the team down by having a subpar shooting performance."