Colorado men’s basketball stuns No. 11 Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The same names were on the backs of the Colorado jerseys. But this was a much different team than the one that began its five-game road trip two nights earlier.

Less than 48 hours after an ugly loss at Grambling State, the CU men’s basketball team pulled off a stunner on Sunday afternoon, upsetting No. 11 Tennessee 78-66 in front of a decidedly pro-Volunteers crowd at Bridgestone Arena.

Tennessee led for much of the first half, but the Buffs used stellar defense and a strong rebounding performance to stay close. The Buffs took control late on a 9-0 run, capped by a Lawson Lovering-to-Tristan da Silva 3-pointer.

KJ Simpson led the Buffs with 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, both career-highs for his first career double-double. da Silva went 5-for-7 overall and 2-for-3 on 3-pointers before finishing with 14 points. Both players usually start, but came off the bench as head coach Tad Boyle shook up the lineup after the rough night at Grambling.

CU held Tennessee to a .254 shooting percentage and outrebounded the Vols 47-38. J’Vonne Hadley continued to impress on the glass for the Buffs, matching Simpson’s game-high with 10 rebounds.

 

Colorado 78, No. 11 Tennessee 66COLORADO (2-1)

Lovering 1-2 1-1 3, Gabbidon 2-9 3-5 8, O’Brien 1-5 0-0 2, Ruffin 2-5 1-1 5, Wright 3-5 0-0 8, Simpson 7-16 7-9 23, da Silva 5-7 2-2 14, Hammond 4-6 0-0 9, Hadley 2-5 1-1 5, Clifford 0-2 1-2 1, Hurlburt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-62 16-21 78.

TENNESSEE (1-1)

Nkamhoua 1-8 2-4 4, Phillips 1-6 3-4 5, Plavsic 0-0 0-0 0, Vescovi 2-13 5-5 11, Zeigler 4-12 2-3 12, Key 2-9 9-11 15, James 5-11 1-1 15, Mashack 1-4 0-0 2, Aidoo 0-0 2-2 2, Awaka 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-63 24-30 66.

Halftime — Tennessee 34-32. 3-Point Goals — Colorado 8-26 (da Silva 2-3, Wright 2-4, Simpson 2-7, Hammond 1-2, Gabbidon 1-4, Clifford 0-1, Ruffin 0-2, O’Brien 0-3), Tennessee 10-37 (James 4-8, Key 2-5, Zeigler 2-6, Vescovi 2-11, Phillips 0-3, Nkamhoua 0-4). Rebounds — Colorado 47 (Hadley 12), Tennessee 38 (Nkamhoua 10). Assists — Colorado 12 (Simpson, Hammond 3), Tennessee 13 (Zeigler 4). Total Fouls — Colorado 21, Tennessee 21. A — 12,482.

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